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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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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: 9/3/2002
  • UPC: 043396098015
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 14
  • Presentation: Wide Screen - Spanish
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,887

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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Languages/Audio Set-Up
      English (Dolby Digital)
      Spanish
      Portuguese
   Subtitles
      Spanish
      Portuguese
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Extra Features
      Theatrical Trailers
         The Patriot Theatrical Teaser
         The Patriot Theatrical Trailer
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: Portuguese
         Subtitles: Off
      Director, Producer Audio Commentary
         Director, Producer Audio Commentary (English): On
         Director, Producer Audio Commentary (English): Off
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: Portuguese
         Subtitles: Off
      "Visual Effects Interactive Featurette"
         How a Patriot Loses His Head
         Recruiting a Digital Army
      "True Patriots Featurette"
      "The Art of War Featurette"
      Conceptual Art to Film Comparison
      Photo Galleries
         Mel Gibson
         Heath Ledger
         Gullah Island
         Family Circle
         Continentals
         British
         Battle Action
         Behind the Scenes
         Militia
         Townsfolk
      Deleted Scenes
         Deleted Scenes
            The Creek
            The Aftermath
            Birth of the Ghost/The Funeral
            The Butcher
            The Heart of a Villain
            "Wait for My Order"
         With Optional Commentary (English)
            Commentary: On
            Commentary: Off
         Subtitles
            Spanish
            Portuguese
            Subtitles: Off
      Cast & Filmographies
         Roland Emmerich (Director)
         Dean Devlin
         Robert Rodat
         Mel Gibson
         Heath Ledger
         Joely Richardson
         Chris Cooper
         Jason Isaacs
   Scene Selections
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    "The Patriot" is an American historical and fictional

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a Documentary, But Good

    Aside from the formulaic storyline (good American vs. bad British), the movie does expose modern viewers to the fact that the American Revolution was our first Civil War, especially in the South. Two hundred and twenty-five years have passed and have allowed that war to become stylized and polite and the participants less human than they were. This movie shows that war brutalizes people in any century and death is just as permanent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!!

    This movie is Awesome!!! A little violent but by far one of the best movies I've ever seen! I would Highly Reccomend this movie for anyone who is looking for an adventure movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Isn't it a MOVIE?

    Okay, alot of things are not accurate in this movie. But isnt supposed to be a MOVIE? Used to entertain people? If everything was accurate and all story lines true, it would be a documentary.. or crtiterion. Just because the soldiers might have been wearing wrong boots doesnt make this a bad movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lethal Tomahawk

    Or, as we sometimes call it, Braveheart in Britches. Yes, the Revolutionary War was all about Mel Gibson going berserk and killing 20 Brits in five minutes. And of course, he, as a plantation owner in South Carolina, didn't own any SLAVES ... that plot element would actually have made people think a little about the implications of the war and who it really freed. If you watch the wonderful old comedy "Sweet Liberty" with Alan Alda you will laugh at the way the producers in that movie changed history all around. They thought the intelligence of the public was so low that moviegoers couldn't possibly understand the way things really happened. Well, the producers of "The Patriot" made the exact same idiotic decisions because they apparently have the same contempt for the public's intelligence. The story of the Revolutionary War in the South is fascinating but you wouldn't know it from this moronic showcase for Mel Gibson's feeble acting "talent". If you want a good film about the Revolution, rent "The Crossing", which is about Washington's Christmas Day attack on Trenton, NJ in 1776. It probably had 1/1000th of the budget spent on "The Patriot" but has 1,000 times the integrity and strength as a story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In Defense Of A Great Movie

    I decided to write my review more to answer the criticisms of certain biased, if not ignorant, reviews posted here. There a number of things I would like to point out. First: Whenever a movie is made depicting an historical period or event you can expect certain historical & dramatic license to be taken. For instance, the character of Benjamin Martin was a composite BASED upon Colonial guerrilla leaders such as Francis Marion, Thomas Sumter, et al the character of Colonel Tavington was BASED upon British dragoon Lt. Col. Banaster Tarleton. While the characters in the movie may have had differing experiences and outcomes of their real life inspirations, you must remember that it was BASED on these people, NOT actually recording them. Next, while I haven't been able to find any recorded instance of either side setting fire to a church full of people, it is well recorded that Tarleton's dragoons did in fact burn many homes, settlements, farms, and yes, churches, especially those used as hospitals for the colonial wounded which were in fact killed on Tarleton's orders as were surrendering Americans in the field as evidenced at the Waxhaws. Finally, yes, there were a number of technical historical inaccuracies such as uniforms, firearm accuracy, dialect, etc. But as stated before, that is to be expected in any movie that is set in the past. In conclusion, you can either nitpick and even deny that certain things have happened or you can enjoy a fine movie which The Patriot most certainly is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Maybe a bit farby, but...

    still an entertaining movie. I am one of those Revolutionary War reenactors that can point out the inaccuracies and like to laugh at Brave Musket Mel firing two muskets accurately, Rambo-style, while taking down those dirty British soldiers (disclosure notice...I reenact the British army), but can also appreciate the entertainment value of the movie. There is historical background to the movie and if this movie can pique the interest of viewers in this fascinating era of American history, then all the better. If you're just looking for a fast paced, entertaining war movie with a bit of a love story thrown in, then this movie will work for you, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most touching movie ever!

    This movie was the best movie I have ever seen, it was very touching. I can't even count the times I cried during it. To the person who wrote the mile long review- get a life and enjoy a good movie!!!! The acting was superb and the plot kept you involved every single second. I would recomend this movie to anyone- it's at the top of my list!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hey there not wearing historically accurate boots!

    Give me a break! This is a great flick with 'enough' historical accuracy for the 'average' movie goer. I don't know what these history buffs expect... almost kind of sad they can't just enjoy a movie. This is a well told... fast moving action packed flick with some great acting and an inspiring patriotic story. 98% of the population will love this flick... the other 2%... well... they can sit around and read there 'supposed historically accurate' History books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    For all those who hate this movie because of its historical inaccuracy, I want to let you know, I'm not an idiot, I know that this movie has its mistakes, but The Patriot is not a textbook. It isn't meant to be totally accurate. It is movie; its purpose is to entertain. It has done just that. I really got into the story and I thought it was great. That's what I call a successful movie; not a movie that is true to the facts with every detail, but a movie that captivates its audience due its plot, not its historical accuracy. If you're still dissatisfied, I suggest that you head to you local library for the facts, because a movie's job is not to deliver the facts, it is to entertain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poorly Written and Blatantly Inaccurate

    Many of the flaws in this film have been detailed by the previous review: I will add a few more. The film portrays the colonials granting freedom to slaves to fight the British when actually it was the other wary around. Slaves lived and worked under horrible conditions imposed by their colonial masters and many joined/aided the British who had offered their freedom. There's no evidence that English forces ever burnt down a church or least of all a church full of people. This movie is just plain bad with a stereotypical Hollywood comic-book/good vs. evil plot. Don't waste your time or money on this sorry show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Historically accurate for La-La Land........

    This film does history a disservice by it's pure-good vs pure-evil type approach to the Revolutionary War. Most of the reviews I've seen here come from people who are woefully ill-informed about the events surrounding that time period. It's too bad that the director of this film doesn't really care about history. Many aspects of this film were made up and were outright WRONG. For instance 1) The Swamp Fox (so- called 'Ghost') was named Francis Marion, not Benjamin Martin. 2) the British Colonel of the Green Dragoons was Col. Banastre Tarleton, not Tavington. 3) Col. Tarleton died of old age in England very well respected, not at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. 4) Col. 'Tavington's' green dragoons were wearing uniforms that were completely fictional. 5) A good number of Gen. Cornwallis' army should have been wearing GREEN coats, but the average dumbed-down American can't associate the British Army with any color other than red. 6) The British Army did not burn anyone alive like they did in the movie, in fact, most of the atrocities were committed by American Rebels against British Loyalists. 7) The British forces were not destroyed at the Battle of Guiliford Courthouse. 8) All the British soldiers are wearing Sergant's coats. 9) During the looting and burning of 'Aunt Charolette's' plantation-house, Mel Gibson fires off his flintlock pistol: one, two, three times in about six seconds without reloading. Amazing! It's not like the director of this farsity didn't have access to good information. There were literally scores of British Revolutionary War Reenactors on-hand to serve as invaluable sources of information about what was true and what was not true, but the director poo-poo'ed us all and decided to film a bunch of innaccuracies for the public to swallow. Americans in general like to think of the typical British soldier as a terrible, nasty ogre bent on destruction, and this movie wrongly feeds on that popular sentiment. The mindset of a British soldier was no different than any other soldier fighting in any army in any war, period. The truth of the matter is that at one time we were all British subjects, we were not Americans. Only one-third of the people supported a revolution, and terrible retribution was exacted on Loyalists and on those who didn't care one way or the other. The cause for the independence of the colonies was very complex. Some things not taught in American texbooks are 1) England spent a great deal of money to free the colonies from the French menace in the French and Indian War. 2) The taxes that were levied on the Colonies were around 1 to 2%, which is very miniscule. 3) Probably the biggest ommission is that colonists were venturing onto lands that belonged to the Native Americans, even though the Natives had a treaty with England forbidding settlement. When the British Army tried to stop the colonists from settling forbidden lands, they revolted. The colonials just didn't care about Indian land rights. Probably the most ludirous and laughable incident was during the making of the film, someone got the bright idea that Mel Gibson should pop up out of the water, Rambo-style, with a black-powder flintlock and fire off a round. They were told this wasn't possible, but that didn't stop the production crew from trying a bunch of times. When they couldn't get it to work, they actually did the smart thing and decided not to pursue that madness any more. But the film isn't all bad. To the film's credit, the battle scenes and tactics were very good. Generals Cornwallis and O'Hara were very, very well done, as are the American Commanders. Jacob Issacs ('Tavington') is one of my favorite actors, and so is Mel Gibson. They show him fighting like a frontiersman, with tomahawk in one hand and hunting knife in the other. This technique is beautifully described by Simon Kenton in his 18th-Century diaries. The rebels are portrayed very well. The very very best part is that they show boys with guns shooting at pe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Patroit, A movie About what made America

    A Really great movie about how America was created and shows ( also in textbooks, and other shows) how cruel the British where in the Revolutionary war and shows how many fathers lost sons fighting for freedom and in the end shows what america was made.....great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is great!!!!!

    This is like the best movie. It is great for all the people who like history, war,drama, and Mel Gibson. I could watch this movie all day. You should try it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Patriot

    When I watched this movie I really wanted to like it but I just couldn't. with a chopy ''unbelievable'' storyline and satisfactory acting as well as totally fictisious and painfully embarassing historical aspects. This movie only deserves 2 stars for the somewhat enjoyable battles (A.K.A Colonial peasants outnummbered 2 to 1 beating British regulars - How American)and good cinematography. Roland Emmerich is an overated director and has directed some of the most expensive movie(s) failures. This film was almost as bad as ''Revolution'' P.S. you Americans should learn to spell, after reading through some reviews i forgot how stupid SOME Americans can really be - don't give in to people who give this stupid film an amazing review - it's a bad film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    Great Historical !!!

    This is a great historical for those who like history. For the most part, it came out to be a good and historical documentary for the American Revolution! Mel Gibson is a wonderful actor! I enjoyed it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    See The American Revolution Through the Eyes of an Average Joe

    This movie is the riveting story of a colonial farmer, Benjamin Martin, who resists joining up with the continental army for fear of uncovering his dreaded past, but when his son is murdered in cold blood by a British Colonel, he takes up arms with his eldest son, Gabriel. Mel Gibson is absolutely incredible in this role, as he portrays Martin in exacting detail, from his love for his children, to the indescribable rage he feels as he watches his son, Thomas, die in his arms. If you want a movie that makes you think, but also explains itself enough if you don't feel like thinking, The Patriot is the movie for you. It's rated R, for graphic war violence, seeing as how a young man gets his head lopped off by a speeding cannonball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT MOVIE

    The Patriot is a great movie. It is historical accurate for the most part. Most of the characters were based on historical figures during that time. Very impressive affects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    2hrs45mins of rubbish

    The Smithsonian Institute advised on the making of this film. Either the film-makers ignored their advice or the reputation of the Smithsonian Institute is over-rated. When, oh when, did the British burn down a church full of colonialists? Answer: they never did. A lot of the soldiers, as did a lot of British, sympathised with the colonialists and relations between the army and the colonialists was surprisingly good - not that you would get that from this film. Worse than the misrepresentation of the war is the insufferable performance from Mel Gibson. I gave this film one star because I am not allowed to give it no stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Touches your very beliefs

    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.

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