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The Patriot (2000)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El patriota  »

Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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The bayonets used are all retractable so the extras could safely stab each other. See more »


(at around 2h 20 mins) An African soldier is marching in the ranks of the British army at the beginning of the last battle, seen directly after the Frenchman yells, "Make ready!" The British did, in fact, recruit slaves to fight in their army during the American Revolution, promising them their freedom. One of the most famous British slave regiments was the Ethiopian Regiment, recruited by Virginia Governor, John Murray, the Fourth Earl of Dunmore. See more »


[first lines]
[repeated line]
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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Performed by Marquetta L. Goodwine and the Gullah Cunneckshun
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Disgrace to cinema and American history.
28 August 2001 | by (Berkeley, Calif. USA) – See all my reviews

Not only is this movie consistently predictable (who'd have thought a fight to the finish between the good guy and the embodiment of evil at the end?) but it makes a mockery of US History.

There is one obligatory villan who would never have found his way into the British army as an officer. Then there is the depiction of the happy slave, an insult to the millions of Africans brought here and chains and whipped and raped by their "masters." Anachronisms abound, from what people to say to the weapons of war. The Patriot is what a historical epic directed by Ed Wood would have been like.

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