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The Patriot (1998)

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A respected doctor must race against time to find a cure for a lethal virus, unleashed by a paramilitary militia leader.

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Dean Semler

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William Heine (novel), M. Sussman (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Dr. Wesley McClaren
Gailard Sartain ... Floyd Chisolm
L.Q. Jones ... Frank
Silas Weir Mitchell ... Pogue
Camilla Belle ... Holly McClaren
Dan Beene Dan Beene ... Richard Bach
Damon Collazo Damon Collazo ... Lt. Johnson
Whitney Yellow Robe Whitney Yellow Robe ... Dr. Ann White Cloud
Brad Leland ... Big Bob
Molly McClure ... Molly
Philip Winchester ... Young Miltiaman
Douglas Sebern ... Judge Tomkins
Ross Loney Ross Loney ... Clem
Bernard O'Connor Bernard O'Connor ... Dr. Tom Hergot
Leonard Mountain Chief Leonard Mountain Chief ... Grandpa
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Doctor Wesley McClaren is an immunologist in Ennis, Montana, and he has turned down an offer to join his friend Richard Bach, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the head of a unit called the Biological Response Team (BRT). Wesley and his daughter Holly live on a farm in Ennis, and a farmhand named Frank lives with them. Just over the hill from the farm, a 52 day standoff against militia leader Floyd Chisolm has ended. Floyd has decided to be his own attorney in court. Everyone is shocked when Floyd spits on Judge Tomkins. After the hearing, Tomkins starts feeling sick. Holly, like she always does, stops at Wesley's office after school so she can go home with Wesley. On their way home, Wesley gets a call on his mobile phone. Wesley rushes to the hospital with Holly and tells her to wait in the doctors' lounge, then Wesley is taken to see Tomkins, who looks awful. Wesley is told that Tomkins collapsed in his chambers at the court building. Wesley sees a cop collapse, while Tomkins ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Every second counts.

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Patriota See more »

Filming Locations:

Ennis, Montana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Sets the field of immunology back 500 years...

Okay, okay, I'll grant that this is NOT a Steven Seagal action movie. That's fine. Seagal's action movies are no great shakes anyway. This is instead a virus-outbreak scientific drama. Fine. Trouble is, the level of science in this movie is about second-grade or less.

The disease is something viral. A character announces early in the movie, as the outbreak begins, that people are going to start dying in 1-2 days. However, many days go by and many characters are exposed to the virus, but the only ones who actually die are the ones that the script needs to die to show that several different experimental cures didn't work.

A character says this particular virus is 10 times as lethal as anthrax. With the mortality rate in this movie, if anthrax is one-tenth as lethal, anthrax must be about as awful as a sneezing fit.

"Universal precautions" is the term that describes how health care workers prevent the spread of disease between patients (and to the workers themselves). It means that ALL patients are considered to be contagious. So health care workers wear gloves when touching all patients and change between patients, and masks when anything might be in the air, and eye protectors when they might be splashed, etc. In "The Patriot", the government anti-viral team wears moonsuits from "Outbreak", while every other character takes ZERO precautions. Doctors don't wear gloves to handle patients with bloody vomit all over themselves. Nurses don't wear masks around patients with hacking coughs.

Dumb, dumb, dumb...


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