The Patriot

  • 15
  • Roland Emmerich (2000)
  • US
  • 157 min
The Patriot
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

What has Mel Gibson got against the English? Five years after his Scottish epic Braveheart, he repeats his anti-English stance in this action drama, set during the American War of Independence. Mel plays Benjamin Martin, a farmer living peacefully in South Carolina who, along with his gung-ho son Gabriel (Heath Ledger), comes out fighting against the British army. The battle scenes are ferociously well staged, but some may baulk at the almost pantomimic villainy of Jason Isaacs's cruel Colonel Tavington and the historically inaccurate atrocities that he is seen to commit.

Plot Summary

Period war drama starring Mel Gibson as a widower and committed pacifist, who is reluctantly dragged into the American War of Independence after one of his sons falls victim to a sadistic British colonel.

Cast and crew


Benjamin Martin
Mel Gibson
Gabriel Martin
Heath Ledger
Charlotte Selton
Joely Richardson
Major Jean Villeneuve
Tcheky Karyo
Colonel William Tavington
Jason Isaacs
General Cornwallis
Tom Wilkinson
Colonel Harry Burwell
Chris Cooper
Anne Howard
Lisa Brenner
Reverend Oliver
René Auberjonois
Dan Scott
Donal Logue
Captain Wilkins
Adam Baldwin
Susan Martin
Skye McCole Bartusiak
William Martin
Logan Lerman


Roland Emmerich

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Violence, swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Jul 2000
Certificate 15