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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.

Director:

Roland Emmerich

Writer:

Robert Rodat
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Benjamin Martin
Heath Ledger ... Gabriel Martin
Joely Richardson ... Charlotte Selton
Jason Isaacs ... Col. William Tavington
Chris Cooper ... Col. Harry Burwell
Tchéky Karyo ... Jean Villeneuve
Rene Auberjonois ... Reverend Oliver
Lisa Brenner ... Anne Howard
Tom Wilkinson ... Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis
Donal Logue ... Dan Scott
Leon Rippy ... John Billings
Adam Baldwin ... Capt. Wilkins
Jay Arlen Jones ... Occam
Joey D. Vieira ... Peter Howard
Gregory Smith ... Thomas Martin
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Some things are worth fighting for. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Patriot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,413,710, 2 July 2000

Gross USA:

$113,330,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,294,342
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (workprint)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Among the American cavalry officers who participated in the real Battle of Cowpens was Lieutenant Colonel William Washington - General George Washington's cousin, who went man-to-man with Banastre Tarleton in a saber clash. See more »

Goofs

On the wanted poster for "The Ghost" the bottom of the flyer bears the seal of "Her Majesty's State Paper Office" which is incorrect. That office did not exist at the time. In fact the original name of the office was "Her Majesty's Stationary Office" and was not established until 5 April 1786 almost 8 years after this poster was supposedly created. Additionally, King George III was still the reigning monarch at the time and the correct title would have been "His Majesty's State Paper Office" had the office actually existed at the time of printing. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

In the extended edition, Benjamin Martin's youngest children get their first taste of the horrors of war prior to the death of Thomas. This comes just before the evening when Gabriel stumbles home after being wounded in a nearby battle. Something (the viewer is unaware) catches the attention of the Martin children and they stride over to a nearby creek/river to investigate. What they discover are the bodies of several soldiers floating downstream. Martin then comes over and ushers the children back into the house. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.21 (2009) See more »

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Boney
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Performed by Marquetta L. Goodwine and the Gullah Cunneckshun
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Thoroughly entertaining
4 September 2001 | by karier13See all my reviews

I have been a Mel Gibson fan since his very good Mad Max and his horrible Summer City. I loved this movie and it is in my top ten favorites of all time. Mel is very believable as Benjamin Martin who fights only after he looses one son to death and one son to the army. Heath Ledger plays Gabriel Martin who goes to fight for his country despite his father's protests. I know that not all of the facts are historically correct but this is a movie and did not claim to be a history lesson. The period is portrayed very well and the battle scenes are so well done that you almost feel you are there. This movie is very graphic in the battles and if you do not like the sight of blood and other realistic battle scenes then this might not be the movie for you. I watched the entire movie and did not realize the length. I was so engrossed in the plots.


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