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The Patriot

  • Action
  • War
  • 2000
  • Roland Emmerich
  • 157 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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

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Credits

Cast

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Benjamin MartinMel Gibson
Gabriel MartinHeath Ledger
Charlotte SeltonJoely Richardson
Major Jean VilleneuveTcheky Karyo
Colonel William TavingtonJason Isaacs
General CornwallisTom Wilkinson
Colonel Harry BurwellChris Cooper
Anne HowardLisa Brenner
Reverend OliverRené Auberjonois
Dan ScottDonal Logue
Captain WilkinsAdam Baldwin
Susan MartinSkye McCole Bartusiak
William MartinLogan Lerman

Crew

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DirectorRoland Emmerich

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2000-07-14
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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