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Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson


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Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the director/producer team responsible for such sci-fi blockbusters as Independence Day, Stargate, and Godzilla, take a step back in time with this drama set during the American Revolution. Farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) was born and raised in South Carolina, and fought bravely during the French-Indian wars.See more details below


Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the director/producer team responsible for such sci-fi blockbusters as Independence Day, Stargate, and Godzilla, take a step back in time with this drama set during the American Revolution. Farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) was born and raised in South Carolina, and fought bravely during the French-Indian wars. But since the death of his wife, Benjamin has renounced violence and quietly tends his crops, raising his seven children alone. In 1776, over Benjamin's objections, his oldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins the fight against the British. Gabriel returns from battle seriously wounded, with Lord General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) calling for his arrest. A skirmish breaks out on Benjamin's plantation, and one of his children is killed as Gabriel is captured by Col. Tavington (Jason Isaacs) and sentenced to hang. Benjamin sets aside his vow of pacifism and rescues Gabriel; with the help of his former comrade-in-arms Harry Burwell (Chris Cooper), the father and son form a regiment of Carolina patriots whose cunning and ruthlessness make them heroes among the colonists -- and wanted men by British troops. Loosely adapted from the true story of Francis Marion and filmed on location in South Carolina, The Patriot was the first feature film made with the cooperation of the Smithsonian Institute, who advised the producers on historical accuracy. Joely Richardson also stars as Charlotte, Benjamin's sister-in-law who helps him care for the children.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Reluctant hero Mel Gibson leads a ragtag militia against the might of the British army in this stirring, lavishly mounted historical epic set during the Revolutionary War. He's perfectly cast as Benjamin Martin, a colonial farmer, widowed father, and veteran of the French and Indian War who stubbornly resists joining the Continental Army. Martin eventually enters the conflict to save his eldest son, Gabriel -- played by charismatic young Heath Ledger (10 Things I Hate About You), a rebel courier captured by British troops. The loose-knit band of guerrillas he organizes bedevils the redcoat, and sets up the traditional bad guy vs. mad guy (Mel) climax. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) re-creates the Revolution with scrupulous fidelity, vividly capturing the carnage and confusion of pitched battles that often took place in the backyards of colonial settlers. His historically accurate rebels are gentlemen farmers, vagabonds, and brigands, united by their disdain for the arrogant English king and determined to gain their freedom at any cost. Thematically similar to Gibson's Oscar-winning film Braveheart, The Patriot provides its popular leading man with a rousing vehicle for his considerable talents. The Special Edition DVD includes deleted scenes, storyboards, audio commentary, photo galleries, cast and crew bios, a featurette, and the theatrical trailer.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Although this war epic covers perhaps too much territory -- both historical and personal -- director Roland Emmerich keeps the pace buzzing and preserves his much-lauded skill at seamlessly blending sweeping vistas with cutting-edge, digital special effects. Traveling much the same narrative ground as he did in his Oscar-winning Braveheart (1995), Mel Gibson once again assays the role of a humble farmer drawn irrevocably against his will into a political conflict during which he proceeds to unleash a torrent of violent fury and strategic skill. Although Gibson's Ben Martin is more of a character type than a character, the actor portrays him with the same steely resolve and glint of good humor that made his William Wallace an international favorite. Co-star Jason Isaacs sinks his teeth into the part of the evil, atrocity-committing Colonel Tavington, a role that stirred up controversy in the United Kingdom for its cartoon-like villainy. The Patriot meanders down the paths of too many subplots, which detract from the film's main action, but the satisfying climax ties all the loose ends up neatly with a slam-bang finish that smacks of as much historical accuracy as Hollywood is able to muster in modern times. Although screenwriter Robert Rodat intended the film to be a portrait of legendary real-life guerrilla leader Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion, later drafts of the script excised most of the textbook figures in favor of fictionalized heroics designed to make Gibson's character more sympathetic than the controversial Marion.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Menús en Español, Portugués e Inglés; Audio digitalmente masterizado y video anamórfico; Audio: Español, Portugués, Inglés 5.1; Subtítulos: Español, Portugués, Inglés; Presentación widescreen; Comentario del director Roland Emmerich y del productor Dean Devlin; Cortmetraje Interactivo de Efectos Visuales; Cortometrajes del campo de batalla - "El Arte de la Guerra"; Cortometrajes de los Verdaderos Patriotas; Comparaciones del arte conceptual a la película; Escenas borradas con comentarios; Galerías de fotografias; Avances de cine; Archivos de talento; Notas de producción; Selección de escenas con imágenes en movimiento

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Benjamin Martin
Heath Ledger Gabriel Martin
Joely Richardson Charlotte Selton
Jason Isaacs Colonel William Tavington
Chris Cooper Colonel Harry Burwell
Tchéky Karyo Major Jean Villeneuve
René Auberjonois Rev. Oliver
Lisa Brenner Anne Howard
Tom Wilkinson Charles Cornwallis
Donal Logue Dan Scott
Leon Rippy John Billings
Adam Baldwin Loyalist/Captain Wilkins
Gregory Smith Thomas Martin
Mika Boorem Margaret Martin
Skye McCole Bartusiak Susan Martin
Trevor Morgan Nathan Martin
Joey D. Vieira Peter Howard
Jay Arlen Jones Occam
Beatrice Bush Abigale
Shannon Eubanks Mrs. Simms

Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director,Executive Producer
David Brenner Editor
Michael Dahan Associate Producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Dean Devlin Producer
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
William Fay Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Producer
Elizabeth Greenberg Casting
James M. Halty Stunts
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Dionne McNeff Associate Producer
Robert Rodat Screenwriter
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Peter Winther Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Inicio
2. "Estamos en Guerra."
3. "Querido Thomas."
4. La Ilegada de Gabriel
5. Coronel Tavington
6. La Reglas de la Guerra
7. El Rescate de Gabriel
8. Batalla de Camden
9. Coronel Martin
10. Un Caballero y un Carnicero
11. Un Anuncio
12. Reclutamiento de Milicia
13. Puntería y Precisión
14. No Prisioneros
15. Fuegos Artificiales
16. La Escaramuza del Rey
17. Fuerte Wilderness
18. Cornwallis y el Fantasma
19. "To Voy a Matar."
20. La Plantación de Charlotte
21. La Boda
22. Dirigiéndose a la Aldea
23. "Quemen la Iglesia."
24. La Venganza de Gabriel
25. La Batalla de Cowpens
26. El Fantasma y el Carnicero
27. Yorktown, 1781
28. Un Nuevo Mundo

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