The Patriot

The Patriot

Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson
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The Patriot

Mel Gibson's lush, savage Revolutionary War epic is given the royal treatment in this DVD from Columbia-TriStar. The film is shown in an anamorphic widescreen presentation, which preserves the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. In addition, the digital mastering makes for a clearer picture with crisp, vibrant colors. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, so viewers won't miss one thundering musket or crunching cannonball. As for extras, The Patriot does not disappoint. Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin offer a feature-length commentary that offers some good insights into the making of the picture. The commentary at times seems to be improvised, however, occasionally leading to some distracting asides and in-jokes. The Patriot also offers a host of deleted scenes, which feature an optional commentary and serve to expand some of the film's subplots and characters. Viewers are also treated to three behind-the-scenes featurettes. The first of these offers a tutorial on the creation of the film's gorier special effects, while the other two provide an interesting look at the filmmaker's painstaking efforts to bring American history to life. For fans of the film, this is a must-own. For the uninitiated, it offers an excellent chance to experience The Patriot.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2000
UPC: 0043396057319
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:45:00
Sales rank: 287

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin ; Visual effects interactive featurette; "The Art of War" battlefield featurette; "The True Patriots" featurette; Conceptual art-to-film comparisons; Deleted scenes with optional commentary by filmmakers; Photo galleries; DVD-ROM web link; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus with animation; Production notes; 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

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [10:59]
2. "We are at war." [6:57]
3. "Dear Thomas." [4:30]
4. Gabriel's homecoming [3:33]
5. Colonel Tavington [4:03]
6. The rules of war [6:36]
7. Gabriel's rescue [11:26]
8. Battle of Camden [:43]
9. Colonel Martin [3:09]
10. A gentleman & a butcher [3:33]
11. An announcement [1:58]
12. Militia recruitment [4:35]
13. Accuracy & precision [4:05]
14. No prisoners [1:17]
15. Fireworks [5:46]
16. King's Highway skirmish [6:19]
17. Fort Wilderness [3:15]
18. Cornwallis & The Ghost [5:05]
19. "I'm going to kill you." [4:25]
20. Charlotte's plantation [3:33]
21. The wedding [2:02]
22. Addressing the village [7:36]
23. "Burn the church." [5:12]
24. Gabriel's revenge [6:57]
25. Battle of Cowpens [1:57]
26. The Ghost vs. The Butcher [5:01]
27. Yorktown, 1781 [16:16]
28. A whole new world [7:29]

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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
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.
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
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
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!!
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
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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!
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
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!
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
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 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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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.