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Mel Gibson stars in this action-packed historical drama from the director of INDEPENDENCE DAY and GODZILLA. Gibson portrays Benjamin Martin, an unassuming South Carolina widower who is forced to join the American Revolution when the British threaten to take his farm away from him. Together with his patriotic son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), the pair faces the vicious Redcoats with a heroism that reflects the stubborn pride of a young country's most dedicated supporters. THE PATRIOT is a sweeping epic adventure that sheds light on America's past, and at the same time entertains audiences.
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CastJoely Richardson
DirectorRoland Emmerich
Release Date:  2000
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (May 28, 2002)
Runtime:  2hr 45min
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review by . May 02, 2004
Pros: Heath Ledger is absolutely gorgeous; nice sets and costumes     Cons: script; too much symbolism; plot circles around Mel Gibson and not his character     The Bottom Line: Not my type of movie. Too gory, too long.     Oh. Whoops. That was a quote from a different Mel Gibson movie.      Don't get me wrong; I love Mel Gibson. I liked him in this movie, too. However, he paled in comparison to his costar Heath Ledger. …
review by . May 02, 2004
Pros: Heath Ledger is absolutely gorgeous; nice sets and costumes     Cons: script; too much symbolism; plot circles around Mel Gibson and not his character     The Bottom Line: Not my type of movie. Too gory, too long.     Oh. Whoops. That was a quote from a different Mel Gibson movie.      Don't get me wrong; I love Mel Gibson. I liked him in this movie, too. However, he paled in comparison to his costar Heath Ledger. …
review by . July 04, 2000
Pros: Realistic Battle scenes, depliction of family...     Cons: A slow start at the beginning...     The men who gave birth to this nation in 1776 were a rare breed of men indeed. They were simple farmers, artisans, hunters, trappers, and tradesmen and yet they were responsible for two of the nations most treasured documents and arbiters of great intellectually thought. They were all patriots and I wonder in what regard they would hold us if they were to …
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