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The Patriot (2000)

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

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It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family, and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation. Written by Caleb Conser

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Rated R for strong war violence | See all certifications »

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28 June 2000 (USA)  »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,413,710 (USA) (30 June 2000)

Gross:

$113,330,342 (USA) (13 October 2000)
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Trivia

Aunt Charlotte's house is the same one used in Forrest Gump (1994), with slightly different interior paneling. The stone hedge visible in Forrest Gump is camouflaged with bushes in this film. See more »

Goofs

Rocking chairs are not believed to have been common furniture before the early 19th century. While Col. Martin is waiting in Gen. Cornwalis' office, he notices and begins to specifically examine the rocking chair in the corner, finally going so far as to sit in it. (Though apocryphal, [error] is sometimes attributed with inventing the rocking chair.) See more »

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Benjamin Martin: I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear.
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This is how it happened
29 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Look, I don't mind historically inaccurate films--Braveheart was terrific fun, this, however, is bobbins!!! The Evil Empire lost the war because RoboGibson destroyed the Brits single handed. Who else could save the US but the mighty Gibson...Half patriotic, half killing machine ---no one will stand in his way. If there was a remake of Independence Day don't bother with fighter jets, tanks and computer virus' just send in The Gibsonator. I'm looking forward to a sequel when The Mighty Gibson goes to all the former British colonies and saves them (whether they wanted it or not) from The Evil Empire...Because this film is right on the nose, we regally burn down buildings with people inside just for the sake of it, we're Brits it's what we do.

*sigh...*

That's pretty much the film...


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