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The Patriot
My Rating:
(out of 5 stars)
2.5 Stars
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Primary Location: First Saw: On TV Saw at/with: on HBO w/ Suzy
Rating: R Year: 2000 Category: Drama Action
Director: Roland Emmerich Time: 164:00:00 min. Writer: Robert Rodat

Reviews
Mine: Entertaining enough. Basically "Braveheart" with out the facepaint and with a happy ending (the americans win, the scotts did not). Gibson is quite good, but the story is pretty lame and the British are cartoons. Much of the story seems to be taken from "Shenendoa" a really good movie about a man who does not want to get involved with a war but is entangled anyway. This lacks any real ideas or substance other than ain't we Americans great.
Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis: A former hero of the French and Indian War, widowed with seven children, refuses to fight in the Continental Army in 1776; he's seen the horror of war first-hand, and wants to protect his family. But after his eldest son enlists, fate and circumstance force him into the fray. Gibson gives a charismatic performance in this entertaining, old-fashioned period saga, exquisitely filmed (by Caleb Deschanel) in South Carolina. But Robert Rodat's script and Emmerich's direction are too often heavy-handed, especially in their cartoonish treatment of "bad guy" Isaacs. Super 35.A former hero of the French and Indian War, widowed with seven children, refuses to fight in the Continental Army in 1776; he's seen the horror of war first-hand, and wants to protect his family. But after his eldest son enlists, fate and circumstance force him into the fray. Gibson gives a charismatic performance in this entertaining, old-fashioned period saga, exquisitely filmed (by Caleb Deschanel) in South Carolina. But Robert Rodat's script and Emmerich's direction are too often heavy-handed, especially in their cartoonish treatment of "bad guy" Isaacs. Super 35.
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Cast
Heath Ledger Heath Ledger as:
Gabriel Martin
Joely Richardson Joely Richardson as:
Aunt Charlotte
Rene Auberjonois Rene Auberjonois as:
Rev. Oliver
Donal Logue Donal Logue as:
Dan Scott
Adam Baldwin as:
Capt. Wilkins
Lisa Brenner as:
Anne Howard
Jason Issacs as:
Col. William Tavington
Leon Rippy as:
John Billings
Mel Gibson Mel Gibson as:
Benjamin Martin
Tcheky Karyo as:
Maj. Jean Villeneuve
Chris Cooper Chris Cooper as:
Col. Harry Burwell
Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson as:
Charles Cornwallis