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The Patriot (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  28 June 2000 (USA)
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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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Before they were soldiers, they were family. Before they were legends, they were heros. Before there was a nation, there was a fight for freedom. See more »

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Rated R for strong war violence | See all certifications »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

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

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ESP 1,071,627,714 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The score used in the film is also used as the opening music in the 2004 television series Jack & Bobby (2004). Both featured Logan Lerman who played Benjamin Martin's youngest son William, and future president Robert (Bobby) McCallister. See more »

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In the Battle scene watched by Benjamin through the farmhouse window we see the Redcoats bayonet charge the Rebels. The order is given and the soldiers run across several hundred yards of open ground in a free-for-all. The Redcoat Army was a disciplined and well trained army. You can't have your troops running in a free-for-all across a battlefield. In that period cohesion of troops was important. Also by the time the soldiers got to their objective they would be too exhausted to be of any effect. In reality they would have "charged Bayonets" (bring their bayonets forward) and march slowly towards the enemy. When about 50 yards away they would have marched at a double quick time step (almost a jog) - enough to cover ground quickly but slow enough to remain in line. This would mean control could still be kept in case a change of direction is needed or a cancellation of the order. Finally, when a few yards away and committed, the troops would charge at full speed and engage the enemy. 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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Referenced in The Piano Teacher (2001) See more »

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The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel
25 April 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

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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