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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 8 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What would you do if they destroyed your home, threatened your family. Where would you draw the line? See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$113,330,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,294,342
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Technical Specs

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DTS | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Spacey was the first choice to play Tavington. After paying Mel Gibson $25 million, there was not enough in the budget to pay him. See more »

Goofs

The scene near the end of the movie where Cornwallis is speaking to Tavington in Cornwallis' mansion, Tavington is starting to pull off his leather gloves, finger-by-finger. A split-second later, his gloves are off and his hands are behind his back. 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 theatrical version, right after Benjamin 'The Ghost' Martin gets his orders to go start a militia he gives Gabriel a lecture about how he must call him Sir or Colonel and not to call him dad. This does not appear in the cable version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 22 January 2008 (2008) See more »

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Performed by Marquetta L. Goodwine and the Gullah Cunneckshun
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Our forefathers won their independence for this?
19 June 2002 | by pbubnySee all my reviews

Terrifically entertaining, if overlong and often inaccurate historical drama about how a warrior, played by Mel Gibson, avenges the loss of someone dear to him and helps win independence for his country, triumphing over a sneering English foe. Oh sorry, that was "Braveheart." Mel's **other** overlong and often inaccurate historical drama about an avenging warrior/patriot with a sneering Brit nemesis is pure Hollywood cheese. Beautifully filmed cheese, but cheese nonetheless. The inaccuracies are not the problem; the predictable plotting and tacky dialogue are. Did our forefathers struggle for American independence just so that their story could one day be told in the most cliched terms possible?


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