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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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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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What would you do if they destroyed your home, threatened your family. Where would you draw the line? 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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2.39 : 1
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The video game Assassin's Creed III (2012)'s combat system was influenced by the famous tomahawk scene in this movie. See more »

Goofs

On the wanted poster for "The Ghost," the name of General Cornwallis is misspelled as "Cornwallace." Arguably fair, since literacy was low in those days, though you'd expect the name of a high government official to be spelled consistently in government documents. (This could have been an in-joke reference to Braveheart). 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 K-PAX (2001) See more »

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Leanin' on de Lawd Side
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Performed by Marquetta L. Goodwine and the Gullah Cunneckshun
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A Travesty of History
20 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Let us be clear about this. The burning of the church is a lie. It did not take place. The film, not the church, is the atrocity. Let us also get a few things straight about the American Revolution. It was fought on these issues 1. The colonists refused to contribute to the cost of their own defence (and no, that is not a spelling mistake) from the French, which had been paid for in British money and the lives of her young men. 2. It was fought so that the colonists could break out from the colonies in the East and invade Indian territory which the British Crown - George III - has designated as Native Title. Jefferson is well-documented as have his eyes set on the West. 3 In the south it was fought to maintain slavery. Most blacks fought on the British side and for good reason. They had heard of the Case of Sommersett v Stewart in which Lord Mansfield, chief justice of the King's Bench had granted habeas corpus to James Sommersett who was a slave in Virginia and had been taken to England. The Anti-Slave Trade Movement was also gaining ground in Great Britain. The film tells Americans what they want to hear. If you don't like the truth, don't make films about history.


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