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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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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This was the first Steven Seagal film released direct to video (although it did receive a theatrical release in some countries). After Half Past Dead (2002), all of his subsequent movies were released straight to video, although that trend was broken with Machete (2010). See more »

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Wesley McClaren breaks the stem off an empty wine glass to defend himself, but in previous shots it was full. See more »

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Dr. Wesley McClaren: [to Holly while entering the reception room at the hospital] Get your homework done and if there are any guys in here no flirting. No dating until you are 40.
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The German FSK16 version is cut in 1 scene by 2 seconds. In the FSK16 version you miss the scene, where Seagal stabs the broken Glas into the head of his enemy. See more »

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The Last Canadian
14 June 2001 | by bomzh44See all my reviews

In my personal opinion - «The Patriot» is one of the best Steven Seagal movies.

I've heard people say it's the worst one ever, it's not like SS etc. I disagree. As a highly spiritual person, a great master Seagal established a good tradition in action movies. He always has a good background, great action, high professionalism and a clever message. This movie has it all. You have good shooting scenes, great aikido. Although there isn't a lot of it, it shows us its peaceful side. This change in his film making only proves his spiritual growth (he doesn't kill Chisolm's buddy in the end).

«The Patriot» is definitely one of the best films from the «filmmaker's» point of view which I have seen lately. You have great panoramic shots of Montana, we see real American nature and beautiful wildlife(among others - horses and flowers). The soundtrack also deserves a few words. During the film I had a great opportunity to listen to classical American-cowboy-western music(not Country though). Similar music was heard in «Back to the Future Prt.3». SS's acting has greatly improved since his last films. His role is unfamiliar to him(unlike cops & commandos), but he does a good job playing the-retired-doctor-from-the-government. His acting is convincing and his lines are good.

I was really pleased with the cast. LQ Jones proves that life & death walk the Earth together, Whitney Yellow Robe plays a beautiful and clever scientist, Camilla Belle makes a great appearance as McClaren's daughter.

Mr.Seagal discusses the much debated «Real American» tradition and the militia squads, providing his own point of view(he likes the Constitution just fine, but chubby bearded men have nothing to do with it). Also good points are raised regarding the Eastern-Western Medicine system and nature.

Seagal's best. And opening new horizons in his film career.


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