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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
During a rough day of filming, producer Dean Devlin noticed most of the extras looking tired and stressed from doing several takes while wearing heavy costumes in the 100-degree South Carolina heat. During a break, Devlin suggested to Mel Gibson that he recite his famous "freedom" speech from Braveheart (1995) to cheer them up. Gibson got on a horse and proceeded to give the speech, which he still had memorized, boosting their morale. See more »
At the end of the beginning scene where Martin and his two younger boys kill all the red coats to save their brother, one of the "dead" soldiers in the wagon sits up just before the scene fades out. See more »
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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In 1776, South Carolina widower Mel Gibson (as Benjamin Martin) is reluctant to join in the War of Independence from England, preferring to settle differences through talks with King George. "I will not fight," Mr. Gibson declares. This disappoints several of Gibson's seven good-looking children, especially headstrong Heath Ledger (as Gabriel), who signs up to fight against his father's wishes. Next eldest Gregory Smith (as Thomas) must wait until he's seventeen. But, when the British attack Gibson's plantation, even youngsters Trevor Morgan (as Nathan) and Bryan Chafin (as Samuel) show how to "Aim small, miss small." Gibson organizes a Christian militia, and helps win the Revolution for the United States of America.
Let's accept the British are evil, and the French are tolerated. Gibson's "Negros" are freed slaves, but content to stay on with Gibson's nice family. The violence includes Gibson coating himself in the blood of a hacked-up victim. Fine. Realistic. Gibson's character realizes that pacifism is not a workable ideology, and wins the debate. Move along. The woman Mr. Ledger falls in love with, Lisa Brenner (as Anne Howard), gives a patriotic speech in church, and he is smitten. They "write" and exchange toothy smiles to suggest lovemaking. People observe the "no smoking" sign, wash their mouths out with soap, and blow someone's head off. "The Patriot" is a cardboard story, a cartoon-like tale... with beautiful cinematography.
***** The Patriot (6/27/00) Roland Emmerich ~ Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Joely Richardson
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