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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.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Benjamin Martin
... Gabriel Martin
... Charlotte Selton
... Col. William Tavington
... Col. Harry Burwell
... Jean Villeneuve
... Reverend Oliver
... Anne Howard
... Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis
... Dan Scott
... John Billings
... Capt. Wilkins
... Occam
... Peter Howard
... 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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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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Action | Drama | History | War

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Rated R for strong war violence | See all certifications »

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28 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El patriota  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,413,710, 2 July 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$113,330,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,294,342
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The main character of Assassin's Creed III (2012) and Mel Gibson's character in this movie both fight skillfully using a tomahawk in the main hand and a knife in the off hand. They both also use flintlock pistols. See more »

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The scene where the British cavalrymen burn the church, did not happen in real life. This was completely made up and there is no historical basis to support it. But similar war crimes have been committed by the Nazis in World War II. 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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4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Me, I'm not bothered - a piece of colourful escapist nonsense. A popcorn movie, as the producers say. As a Brit in his 50s, the substantial liberties taken with history don't keep me awake at night, because I realise they are simply dramatic licence.

Then I find myself in "discussion" on a website - to do with popular music, nothing to do with film - with a young American gentleman, and a jocular remark suddenly sends him off on a tirade, the gist of which is that he hates the British because of the atrocities we committed during the War of Independence, and he knows this to be the case because he saw it for himself when he watched The Patriot.

OK, so the lad is clearly a bit lacking in the Education Department, and has been even more substantially short-changed in the Common Sense Department, but that doesn't change the fact that he - and, presumably, a not inconsiderable number of others like him - have taken this pile of poo on board as fact.

I don't know what the answer is. Better education? More responsible film-making? Cull the dimwits? (I'm allowed to make this suggestion, after all, I'm a Brit and you know the sort of evil murderous thugs we are - just watch The Patriot!)

Answers on a postcard.


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