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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 AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Visua effect interactive featurette; Battlefiedl faturette - "The Art of War"; "The True Partiots" featurette; Conceptual art to film comparisons; Photo galleries; Filmographies; interactive menus with animation; Scene selections with motion images

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

Disc #1 -- Patriot
1. Start [4:20]
2. News of the Assembly [4:20]
3. Charles Town Arrival [4:33]
4. "I Will Not Fight" [4:36]
5. Gabriel's Enlistment [1:59]
6. Serving Liberty's Cause [4:03]
7. The War Comes Home [5:39]
8. Caring for the Wounded [3:30]
9. The Price of Love [6:01]
10. "Aim Small, Miss Small" [7:02]
11. Thomas' Burial [3:55]
12. Charlotte's Safe Refuge [5:12]
13. Muzzle to Muzzle Madness [4:40]
14. New Strategy [6:13]
15. Creative Recruiting [8:40]
16. Militiamane Tactics [8:14]
17. British Ambush [7:43]
18. Story of Fr. Wilderness [4:38]
19. The Power of the Ghost [8:19]
20. Attempted Family Massacre [:15]
21. One Week Furlough [10:12]
22. Church Massacre [:40]
23. Gabriel's Revenge [10:35]
24. Stay the Course [8:12]
25. "Wait for My Order" [6:42]
26. "Hold the Line" [4:55]
27. The End of War [10:36]
28. Buliding a New World [7:14]


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The Patriot 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
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Zeeboe More than 1 year ago
"The Patriot" is an American historical and fictional war film that was released to theaters in the summer of 2000. It stars Mel Gibson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tom Wilkinson, and Heath Ledger. It was directed by Roland Emmerich, and written by Robert Rodat. What lead me to watching this movie comes from the fact that I am an American and I love American History, and I love to learn how my country came to be the great country it is today, and what sacrifices were made for the U.S.A. to become a country, and this is a wonderful film to learn all that. The film takes place during the American Revolutionary War, mostly during the mid-to-late 1770's in the state of South Carolina, which is the host to several bloody conflicts between the British Army and the Continental Army. The story in "The Patriot" is about a rural American family lead by Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) - A father, a widower, farmer, and veteran to the French and Indian War. Martin and his family finds themselves caught in the middle of war. Martin only desires to live in peace, and to raise his family, and for the sake of his children, he hopes to avoid conflict with King George III's Army as much as possible, but he and his family soon learn that being caught in the middle of war can sometimes be more dangerous then actually picking a side to support. English actor Jason Isaacs brilliantly plays the part of the brutal Colonel William Tavington - An evil, heartless, loyal, and fearless English soldier who has nothing but hate for disloyal Americans. He will stop at nothing to crush the American rebellion against the Crown, including breaking the rules of warfare. This way of thinking soon leads to a conflict between Tavington and Martin when the two men meet. All and all, "The Patriot" is a great and fun film full of beauty, emotion, romance, action, and drama that will not only entertain you, but teach you a lot about early American history as well. It has a wonderful soundtrack, and is a good film to watch anytime of the year, but it's extra fun to watch it around or on the 4th of July. It'll make the hoilday twice as festive if you have a cool American Revolution film to watch. I think if you can ignore and/or forgive the film for some of it's very minor historical inaccuracies, you'll find yourself really enjoying this movie. After swimming and enjoying BBQ all day with your family on 4th of July, this is a great movie to pop-in and watch with them at night. It will make you proud to be an American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Patriot was highly advertised in the manner that it was identical to Braveheart. There are a few obvious similarities, but for the most part they are very different films. The Partiot is an entertaining, at times moving film, but it is not an amazing film by any means. If your going to try to compare it to Braveheart, it will lose, but If you are looking for a good movie to watch you'll be happy with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The Patriot was a briliant work of art. There may have not been the romance in this movie as there was in Braveheart, however, the message remains the same. You can only stay free if you're willing to fight for your freedom and defend yourself and your liberaties at all costs. In addition, the English, just as in Braveheat, tried to subdue and rule over a people who wished to live in peace and harmony amongest themselves. However, Benjaman Martin, just like William Wallace almost five hundred years before him, used his firey intellect and raw guts to help form the local militia in South Carolina that halted the English from going further north into North Carolina leading to their final demise. Whether you want to compare it to Braveheart or not, it is up to you. For myself, I think there are a lot of simularities between the two pictures, especially amongst Mel Gibson's leading characters. You might think otherwise. Yet, if you want explosive action and drama that cuts to the chase, The Patriot is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Great movie. The bad guy will make you quiver! Gibson at his finest. Braveheart caliber.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, The Patriot is an incredible film. From the battlefield scenes to it's historical accuracy, it is a film not to be missed. I absolutely loved Braveheart, but this film will definitely be in anyones top 10 list and one to buy once on video or DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Christian, I'm very particular about the sorts of films I choose to view and promote, being a review columnist, but The Patriot is a first-class story of sacrifice, compassion, and reality. Based in the American Revolution, the story follows the unwilling Benjamin Martin when his eldest son, Gabriel, enlists against his wishes. Forced into battle himself after a ruthless Colonel Tavington murders his second-eldest son, Thomas, and burns the house and outbuildings. With a villian that will make you cringe, a hero to root for, deeply-developed characters, and a stirring storyline, The Patriot is one to root for. However, the R-rating is well earned in lengthy and oftentimes graphic battle sequences. The DVD is supurb, with extra features, behind-the-scenes looks, and deleted scenes, and the costuming, sets, and special effects are incredible. Here's one to Mel Gibson, and Jasson Issacs for their two very different portrayals of men on opposit sides of the war. May this Patriotic film stir the hearts of all Americans, and make us greatful for what was given in our stead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mel Gibson is an excellent actor and this movie is equally as great. All types of people will enjoy the plot of this film. Gibson plays the role of Benjamin Martin, a widower and father of eight children when the American Revolution comes to his home in South Carolina. Martin must come to terms with the fact that his eldest son, Gabriel has enlisted in the army. He then must forget his distaste for war and fight for the memory of his second oldest son who was killed by Colonel Tavington of the British Army. During this emotional time, a romance develops between Martin and the sister of his dead wife. This is a film about love, war, passion, forgiveness, and survival. Watching The Patriot is a powerful experience and I recommend it to anyone who wishes to see a great film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''The Patriot'', a exelent war epic, starring Mel Gibson as Benjamin Martin,was an superbly written and filmed movie with supieior casting. You could watch it over and over again and never get tired of it. Although very violent, it is a very touching movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in high school and I never really wanted to learn about war but my parents told me to watch the Patriot and I am very happy that I did because it was a great movie. Even though it was sad, it was real and I think Mel Gibson played a fantastic role and if your reading this and you haven't went out to see it yet, go and rent it and then e-mail me at to tell me how you like it. Bye now. Lacey
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the DVD after watching this movie three times. I agree with previous post this is a movie that you can enjoy watching more than just once. Mel Gibsons performance is outstanding as well as the rest of the cast. Congrats to all involved an exceptional MOVIE and a must for the dvd library. Just wished I could have been an extra in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good movie well acted by all. The evil red coat colonel is very good at being bad. I did feel like it was a cross between Braveheart and Shenendoah with Jimmy Stewart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After spending the day at county courthouses and genealogy centers in Fayette and Greene County, PA (formerly Augusta County, VA), my cousin and I saw the Patriot. We have ancestors who were undoubtedly put in the same dilemna that ''The Patriot'' was. This movie, with all its humor, horror, realism, and patriotism, helped me better understand how fortunate we are to have had people willing to stand up for what they believed and fight for justice. Life is difficult, but ''if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything''. American government is not perfect, but it is the best in the world and I'm proud of all our veterans throughout its history. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and am anxious to share it with others. See for yourself - it's worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Accolades to Gibson and the other crew members. I studied American History and I can't think of a better Hollywood release that has caught the drama that this movie did. I really felt it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This great adventure/suspense war movie is spectacular. Mel Gibson and Heath Leager are the greatest actors for the job. This movie is powerful and moving and a great movie to see if you have experienced the harshness of war. I recommend it to all and hope that when you see it, you enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding film that holds the viewer's attention throughout. Thank you Mr. Gibson for bringing American History to the attention of todays viewer. We are not only entertained but we walk away wanting to learn more about our country's heritage. It makes one proud of our forefathers and the men who stood bravely to protect our rights to live freely. A must see movie, again and again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed watching/Recording the movie ''the Patriot '' on ppv recently... I think that Mr.Gibson is a fine actor & should make more historical dramas in the future.... MacBeth is my suggestion... As for Give Me A Break... my retort towards your hypocritically jealous review...Is if you think that you're a better actor / producer than Mel Gibson is... then get on with it! try your hand at either acting in,or producing a movie... because ,i don't think that you know anything of which you criticize !
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie has a noticeably similar feel to Braveheart, especially when it comes to the battle scenes. I'm saying that they're great. Nonetheless, that may be a gripe, depending on how you want to see it. Another possible gripe some may have is the tone of the movie when it comes to family relations. I really can't know for sure, but I think the ''I love my children so much that I will not fight'' kind of tone was used to give a dramatic effect to the female viewers (it came out as a bit corny to me). However, I enjoyed the movie too much to give it anything less than 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm from holland and don't know much about the Amarican history. However i do know this. The movie is shocking the story is perfect and the cast is excelent. If you can imagine how it was back than then the movie is good I felt more tham that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The filming and realism is fantastic in this movies. You must see the Battle scenes and the costumes. This story takes place in 1776, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson), a hero of the Fort Wilderness campaign, now a widower living in South Carolina with seven children to raise on his own, is once again confronted with war in ''The Patriot.'' Mr. Martin believes in the cause, but has had enough of war and killing in his life, and is troubled by the prospect of leaving his children orphans if he must fight again; but as in real life, things happen that change your mind despite your beliefs and he soon realizes that he has no choice other than to join in the conflict. Mr. Gibson does a great job of capturing the inner conflict of a man torn between principle and necessity. He imbues him with the stoicism needed to shoulder responsibility, but also with the human touch required of fatherhood. Historically, whether or not ''The Patriot'' is accurate in detail is not really important. It is, after all, one man's story, a dramatization set against the backdrop of this particular conflict. That it conveys a sense of time, place and importance is what matters, and that it does. Film that is at once both intimate and of epic proportions. It is artistically rendered, beautifully photographed, and well acted; I just don't think there's a reasom for missing this film. So go see it today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with all of the ingredients of a great epic, The Patriot, encompasses the entire spectrum of emotions. Set in the time of the Revolutionary War, Mel Gibson plays the leading role of a former war hero turned simple farmer/father named Benjamin Martin. At first, Maritn opposes the war, but will soon have a reason to jump in head first. As the plot unfolds, one of the sons of Martin is killed by a British officer. Filled with anger and vengence, Martin(played by Gibson)puts together a band of common farmers who take on the role of a true terror to the British army.The movie takes an unexpected turn when Martin's olest son is killed soon after he is married. Throughout the movie, emotions are aroused by the passion and cruelty of war. This movie has it all. The battle sceenes, the love story, and great historical accuraccy.I strongly recommend this movie. Like I said, an instant American classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was truly splendiferious. Take it from Jay-Ill(me) this is the best war movie, and 5th best movie of all time.I love how it shows the attitudes of each character, and that not all agreed with the war, but they all agreed with freedom. Mel Gibson is great. Great movie, that shouldn't be rated R. No nudity, very little bad language, and there is a lot of violence, but it's with rifles and swords, and it is a war so there has to be some. Splendiferious MOVIE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, okay. I know everyone loves Mel Gibson and trust me, as a critic, his performance really is very good as it always is. I obviously loved Heath Ledger (sigh) and his performance, come on good looking soldier, no girl would resist, but I also loved the evil British colonel's (as people refer to him as) performance, his real name happens to be Jason Isaacs and he is one of my favorite actors, he always is really good and he was made for this role, he was perfect, his performance flawless. I loved this movie for its attention to history, its acting, and portrayal of actual events. To put it simply you'd be insane not to see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie it had a major hottie in it (Heath Ledger)and nice blue-eyed Mel Gibson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love America, you must see this, though it may not be 100% historically accurate, it makes little difference to one who has a heart. Take time to view it.