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The Patriot

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Benjamin Martin is a reluctant hero who is swept into the American Revolution when the war reaches his home and threatens his family. A hero of the fierce French and Indian conflict, Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. But when the British arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger what he holds most dear, Martin takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel, and leads a brave rebel Militia into battle against a relentless and overwhelming English army. In the process, he discovers the only way to protect his family is to fight for a young nation's freedom.

Cast

  • Mel Gibson
  • Heath Ledger
  • Joely Richardson
  • Jason Isaacs
  • Chris Cooper
  • Tchéky Karyo
  • Rene Auberjonois
  • Lisa Brenner
  • Tom Wilkinson
  • Donal Logue

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Heath Ledger performed his own stunts.
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Goofs

  • During the movie, battles take place in Camden and Cowpens, two places that are very far inland, yet the troops march there in a day from the shoreline.
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Quotes

    • Colonel William Tavington: You know, it's an ugly business doing one's duty... but just occasionally it's a real pleasure.
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Metacritic

44

Whatever extraordinary ingredients are necessary to fashion a 1776 home run, this movie doesn't have them.

Metacritic review by Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
75

It is rousing and entertaining, and you get your money's worth.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
75

What might have been a treat for history buffs and a refresher course for the rest of us turns into just another occasion to watch Gibson shoot guns, swing tomahawks, and wreak other kinds of havoc on enemies we've been primed to hate.

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor