Patriot Special Edition DVD

MPN: 043396057319
Product Details
Description
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.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Drama
MPAA Rating R (Restricted)
Director Roland Emmerich
Studio Sony Pictures
Actors Mel Gibson
Expert Reviews
The Patriot
3 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

The Patriot can be entertaining to watch, but it relies too much on formula and melodrama.

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Patriot, The (2000)
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Patriot, The (2000) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.79 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #2,851 movie of all time, #96 movie from 2000 . The rating and ranking is based on an average of 236 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

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User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member GenghisTheHun - Feb 18, 2008   

I bought a copy of the Patriot, the other day, and watched it again last night. I am giving it a serious upgrade as a good movie. I panned it at first because of the lack of historical accuracy, but I back away from that. It mixes battles, but it is really worth the watch.

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4 Star Review   By member Jeremy00081 - Nov 3, 2006   

This final battle scene at the end of this film probably portrays the way the real battle actually looked in similarity to the way white guys in the suburbs try to portray black guys in their neighboring city (it was sub par to say the least), but it was shot well and the director got the point across. And as for Gibson...yeah, we all know he's a family man. And I really felt something for his character in this movie when his sons get killed. But that whole aspect of the film became corny at the end when he was fighting one-on-one with the killer, and making over-the-top, spasmatic "you-bastard-you-killed-my-sons-and-now-you're-about-to-kill-me-so-i'm-gonna-make-crazy-tantrum-poses-for-the-camera" faces. All that being said, this movie is worth a look for war mongers...especially American Revolution buffs. It's a little too Hollywood to look realistic, but you will probably be satisfied anyway. I was.

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2 Star Review   By member goldilocks - Oct 5, 2005   

This movie is overrated and the only thing that kept my interest was Jason Isaacs. I was cheering for the bad guy Col. William Tavington...I really think he stole the show.

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2 Star Review   By member CanadaSucks - Oct 3, 2005   

There is some baaaad acting in this. . .

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5 Star Review   By member BILLB - Mar 9, 2005   

Terrific movie. Plot and action were powerful.

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2 Star Review   By member PBeavr - Feb 8, 2005   

Extemely long. Possibly a necessity but the build-up to that revenge meeting on a field of battle made the movie have a focus it didn't need. Instead of presenting an interesting drama involving the Revolution we are given a basic revenge pic with that as the background.

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3 Star Review   By member tencat - Aug 14, 2004   

Thats it, OK. A little too long and unrealistic.

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3 Star Review   By member forgotten hero - Apr 12, 2004   

Oh my god. CTVFan's stupidity just gave me a headache. Of course there was gore. It was a war. I guess they could have changed it to where the British were beaten in a pillow fight instead of the American Revolution. But then it would be even more inaccurate.

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1 Star Review   By member irishgit - Mar 10, 2004   

Is Mel Gibson acting out some long suppressed hatred for an old history teacher? That seems like the only explanation for all these unhistorical pieces of crap he does?

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1 Star Review   By member ClassicTVFan47 - Jul 10, 2003   

Way to violent, gory and depressing for its own good. Worthless.

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Product Details
Description
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.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Drama
MPAA Rating R (Restricted)
Director Roland Emmerich
Studio Sony Pictures
Actors Mel Gibson
Summary
Product Title Patriot Special Edition DVD
Manufacturer TriStar
Power Score 3.8 | 91 Reviews
General
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Media Format: DVD
Additional Specifications
Director: Roland Emmerich
Actors: Mel Gibson
Studio: Sony Pictures
Expert Reviews
The Patriot
3 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

The Patriot can be entertaining to watch, but it relies too much on formula and melodrama.

Read the full review »

Patriot, The (2000)
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Patriot, The (2000) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.79 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #2,851 movie of all time, #96 movie from 2000 . The rating and ranking is based on an average of 236 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

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User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member GenghisTheHun - Feb 18, 2008   

I bought a copy of the Patriot, the other day, and watched it again last night. I am giving it a serious upgrade as a good movie. I panned it at first because of the lack of historical accuracy, but I back away from that. It mixes battles, but it is really worth the watch.

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4 Star Review   By member Jeremy00081 - Nov 3, 2006   

This final battle scene at the end of this film probably portrays the way the real battle actually looked in similarity to the way white guys in the suburbs try to portray black guys in their neighboring city (it was sub par to say the least), but it was shot well and the director got the point across. And as for Gibson...yeah, we all know he's a family man. And I really felt something for his character in this movie when his sons get killed. But that whole aspect of the film became corny at the end when he was fighting one-on-one with the killer, and making over-the-top, spasmatic "you-bastard-you-killed-my-sons-and-now-you're-about-to-kill-me-so-i'm-gonna-make-crazy-tantrum-poses-for-the-camera" faces. All that being said, this movie is worth a look for war mongers...especially American Revolution buffs. It's a little too Hollywood to look realistic, but you will probably be satisfied anyway. I was.

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2 Star Review   By member goldilocks - Oct 5, 2005   

This movie is overrated and the only thing that kept my interest was Jason Isaacs. I was cheering for the bad guy Col. William Tavington...I really think he stole the show.

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2 Star Review   By member CanadaSucks - Oct 3, 2005   

There is some baaaad acting in this. . .

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5 Star Review   By member BILLB - Mar 9, 2005   

Terrific movie. Plot and action were powerful.

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2 Star Review   By member PBeavr - Feb 8, 2005   

Extemely long. Possibly a necessity but the build-up to that revenge meeting on a field of battle made the movie have a focus it didn't need. Instead of presenting an interesting drama involving the Revolution we are given a basic revenge pic with that as the background.

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3 Star Review   By member tencat - Aug 14, 2004   

Thats it, OK. A little too long and unrealistic.

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3 Star Review   By member forgotten hero - Apr 12, 2004   

Oh my god. CTVFan's stupidity just gave me a headache. Of course there was gore. It was a war. I guess they could have changed it to where the British were beaten in a pillow fight instead of the American Revolution. But then it would be even more inaccurate.

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1 Star Review   By member irishgit - Mar 10, 2004   

Is Mel Gibson acting out some long suppressed hatred for an old history teacher? That seems like the only explanation for all these unhistorical pieces of crap he does?

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1 Star Review   By member ClassicTVFan47 - Jul 10, 2003   

Way to violent, gory and depressing for its own good. Worthless.

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5 Star Review   By member greekamerican - Apr 12, 2003   

My favorite movie ever!!! Mel Gibson gives an outstanding performance as Benjamin Martin, a father of seven children, who keeps family top priority in his life. He is from South Carolina, a state which is going to war with the British. Benjamin doesn't want war; he wishes there were some alternative to it. However, he ends up fighting the British, along with his oldest son, Gabriel, to take revenge for the death of Thomas, one of Benjamin's sons. References are made to slaves, i liked the way those conflicts were resolved in the end. Colonel Tavington got what he deserved in the end... I really liked that. The restoration of order taking place was great, when his house was being rebuilt. Overall, an awesome adventure and journey dealing with American History. Packed with great storylines, action and suspence. Rush out and see it.

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3 Star Review   By member President -X-D - Mar 3, 2003   

I flipped to this movie this afternoon, and I still didn't like it any more than I did the first time I watched it. The plot is decent and could have made for a watchable epic of the Revolutionary War, but the script is very awkward, and at times downright poor. The film talks down to the viewer with a "TV movie" tone, which was a letdown after expecting a film of the same quality as "Braveheart" (Mel Gibson's other most recent "epic" picture.). The storyline involving a reluctant father being forced to participate in the War could have been much better, and probably would have been had they had better scriptwriters and a more visionary director. Gibson makes the most of what he has to work with, but you could see the frustration in his eyes as he speaks some of the lines and progresses through the motions required of him. This is not the worst movie ever made, and at times captures the grandeur it intends with nice photography and some well-executed scenes, but the bulk of this film is average period-drama at best.

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5 Star Review   By member Redoedo - Mar 2, 2003   

This movie was simply astounding. What critics of this film need to realize, as with critics of the film "JFK", is that this is not meant to be based soley on true facts. The plot is excellent, although it drags on at times. The characters are well developed, as is displayed when I nearly laughed when Benjamin killed Colonel Tavington in the last battle scene. An astounding Historical Drama about a man who is dragged into a war in which he is initially against in order to protect his family and avenge his son.

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4 Star Review   By member Wdivney - Feb 16, 2003   

Please. "The Patriot" Just shows the stupidity of war. Face to face combat 20 feet away like it's a damn formal ceremony should never be seen as entertainment. I'm an American, and I'm ashamed about how Hollywood glorifies violence.

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2 Star Review   By member myles - Jan 22, 2003   

Other people have voiced objections to the (at times ludicrous) historical innaccuracy, apalling assertion of contempory Western political correctness onto 18th century America etc, etc, so I won't repeat it. Maybe someone can explain to me why it appears that American audiences need so much platitude. I can tell you that some people in Australia were actually laughing incredulously in the theatre when I saw this film. I was asked who starred in the film. I replied, "a cannonball", and I stand by that.To be fair, the battle scenes were good, scary and seemed true to historical account.Unfortunately where Braveheart succeeded, Patriot failed dismally. In my opionion, a much better film on the American War of Independence exists in eighties flop, Revolution. At least the acting was alot better.

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5 Star Review   By member yitke - Jan 7, 2003   

This movie really depicts the devotion our ancestors portrayed while fighting the battle of freedom. No obstacles were able to stop them. It truly exemplifies what a real patriot is.

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5 Star Review   By member Shukhevych - Dec 1, 2002   

Powerful movie... not to mention the kids bearing guns part pissed the hell outta the Left.

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4 Star Review   By member psycho_mom - Nov 16, 2002   

Okay, Mel Gibson is even sexy as a single father of 7. I liked the movie for its honesty in dealing with what happens in war, and not shying away from scenes like the church being lit on fire (man, did I cry after that). It is not the best war movie, by far, but it was pretty good.

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4 Star Review   By member Chaotician23 - May 6, 2002   

Mel Gibson was good. The other actors sucked- big time. I find the film great, but the actors just sucked, bad cast.

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5 Star Review   By member ThePatriotfan - Sep 13, 2001   

Its My favorite movie & in my opinion one of the best made! :) Oh, Heath & Mel are just wonderful, but its soooo sad what happens.

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5 Star Review   By member sukiedorsey - Jul 26, 2001   

In my opinion, an excellent movie. A great story. Very moving, very emotional. Jason Isaacs made the movie as great as it was for me. The other characters were good, too. Maybe not historically perfect, but still made me think about this country and how we became free. I simply loved this movie.

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5 Star Review   By member HughJackman's "mate" - Apr 10, 2001   

Mel Gibson was great as always. I really didn't find much wrong with the movie. Actually, I couldn't see ANYTHING wrong with the movie. I didn't see any mishaps or mistakes. So, if as movie is near perfect, it deserves a five! Heath Ledger was surprisingly good. I had only seen one movie by him...

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5 Star Review   By member HughJackman's "mate" - Apr 10, 2001   

Mel Gibson was great as always. I really didn't find much wrong with the movie. Actually, I couldn't see ANYTHING wrong with the movie. I didn't see any mishaps or mistakes. So, if as movie is near perfect, it deserves a five! Heath Ledger was surprisingly good. I had only seen one movie by him...

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5 Star Review   By member Franny Lou 1 - Mar 31, 2001   

very gorey and hard to take. But a very good story. Family is a priority in this film.

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2 Star Review   By member Thorne - Jan 14, 2001   

Yep. I knew Baraveheart needed a sequel. I love history and I know for a fact the British never put people in churches and burned them alive. That was WW2 and the German's did that. This movie was unnecesary and over done.I love my country and am very proud of my heritage, I just think it could have been done better and without such meaningless violence glorifying shots like the one of the guy getting his head blown off by a cannon ball. It is very run of the mill and childish in such a serious drama that this picture was supposed to be. It played like any Mel Gibson film,(take your pick-Lethal Weapon,Payback,Braveheart) put gibson in the good old American Revolution,kill some of his family and watch the results. Gibson needs something new. But as they say,if it ain't broke don't fix it. As long as people see these Gibson flicks he'll keep on making em. His daughter was a cuttie.

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3 Star Review   By member DirkMc - Jan 13, 2001   

Was good but no comparison to Braveheart or Gladiator.

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2 Star Review   By member chevy - Jan 12, 2001   

This movie was exciting, that's about all. It was supposed to blow away Gladiator, but I found it not able to compare. Action sequences could have been better, and the movie was too long.

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5 Star Review   By member Jeremy2 - Jan 11, 2001   

This movie was deep. A lot of spiritual insight. It's all about standing up for and preserving principles.

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4 Star Review   By member kari - Jan 10, 2001   

The Patriot, with Mel Gibson, was awesome. I really don't enjoy watching war movies, but this one was good and understandable.

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5 Star Review   By member starburst - Jan 10, 2001   

The Patriot was a very good movie. Mel Gibson did a great job portraying his character and the scenes were done very realistically. It was overall a good story.

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2 Star Review   By member Drew2 - Jan 9, 2001   

Same as Braveheart and Spartacus except not as good. Too much focus on the relationship within the family when everyone was really interested in the war.

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4 Star Review   By member judj - Jan 9, 2001   

A good, well-made, solid blockbuster movie. A little predictable, following the basic Hollywood movie formula, but good entertainment. Historical errors need to be ignored to really enjoy this.

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2 Star Review   By member Brass Monkey - Jan 9, 2001   

With the amount of money and resources used on this movie the result was definitely under par. The storyline is boring and often corny with little actual reference to the Revolutionary War.

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5 Star Review   By member Jsnoh - Jan 9, 2001   

This movie covered war, family and history, all things I am interested in.

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2 Star Review   By member GVBlaque - Jan 8, 2001   

PLEASE...PLEASE...lets keep the SS and its minions out of the American Revolution. Face the war waw fought because a lot of rich Americans didnt want to pay their taxes. THIS MOVIE IS A DISGRACE...unfortunately alot of uninformed viewers will think is truth...however it isnt..it is a very nice yarn spun around some truths...why not make a Mel Gibson movie of similar ilk in 1941 occupied France...then you really could have Nazis...Lets see we could make Mel a French gentile married to a Jewish woman...then the SS comes and carts away his family to the death camps...Mel would do his swashbucking against the super heroes of the "master race". unfortunately, he'd find two of his children in Dachau dying of typhus...he'd swear revenge...and ultimately kill Adolf Hitler aand everything would be all right...and just as fraudulent...The MTV generation will like this movie because none of them were awake during history class...and cause it has "cool" special effects.

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5 Star Review   By member Kelly Staszak - Jan 1, 2001   

Best movie I ever saw. Everone should see it.

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5 Star Review   By member Bojac - Jan 1, 2001   

I think that the patroit was one of the best movies I ever saw! Heath Ledger looked so good in it. I guess Mel did too but I don't really know muck about him.

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5 Star Review   By member newf 21 - Dec 29, 2000   

great movie

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5 Star Review   By member IROCBRD - Dec 19, 2000   

The bottom line is this, if you are a fan of Braveheart, I am confident you will enjoy this movie. If you are looking to learn something about the Revolutionary War, take a history class at your local University. The Patriot is not a documentary, nor was it advertised as such!

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5 Star Review   By member s6tar13lette86 - Dec 7, 2000   

What a great concept! Hot guys, history, and a darn good plot!

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5 Star Review   By member furrymefurry - Dec 3, 2000   

Since "Braveheart" this the most powerful movie i've seen in a long time. I almost believed that the actors were real people back during the Revolutionary War. They did a fantastic job, esp. Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger. Anyone who i've talked to have said that this movie was fantastic and that they cried.Even though I'm Canadian this movie is imprinted in my mind and I believe it's the closest anyone will come to understanding The Revolutionary war.I definitly believe this to be the best movie of the year.

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5 Star Review   By member joojy - Dec 1, 2000   

This movie is just amazing! I didn't know what to expect before i saw it with my own eyes. Lots of my friends were telling me that it was just a rehashed Braveheart set in colonial America. I must vehemently disagree. After seeing the film for myself, I was not only excited by the action, but moved deeply by the story. While there were some historical innacuracies, especially concerning the morals of Mr. Benjamin Martin, I was able to overlook them in light of the emotional aspects of the screenplay. My favorite scene is when Benjamin Martin takes the tattered flag and pushes ahead inspiring his fellow patriots to "stay the course" closely followed by his daughter's words pleading him to stay.

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4 Star Review   By member SamIAm - Nov 29, 2000   

Patriot has everything you want from a good movie..Family loyalty, action, romance, a bit of comedy thrown in every once in a while and a compelling storyline, and an amazing historical event. I really enjoyed it and my interest never waned throughout the entire three hours. Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger gave remarkable performances as well as the rest of the cast. The battle scenes are pretty wild. I just can't imagine these men fighting in a open field like that. Definitely some violent parts, but come on, it's about the Revolutionary War. In my opinion, this was a great look into one family's fight as well as the fight for our Country.

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5 Star Review   By member guammy54 - Nov 25, 2000   

Reading everyones comments about the Patriot. I feel some was right and wrong about the movie. All I could say about the movie, it has spoken well. To show us all what really happen durring the war. I feel that the character "Col. Travington" was only doing his duty and also showing his true feelings about the war. I thought that this movie was very emotional. Sure the british soldier was wrong about burning the church with innocent folks, but who was higher in rank to stop him from burning innocent folks. So I say it was the Gerneral's fault who allow him to do what he was good at a evil "valiant". But this is only a movie and I feel "Jason Isaacs" has perform very well and I hope he got paid good, for his work.

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5 Star Review   By member workman - Nov 21, 2000   

Every citizen of this once great country should be required to watch The Patriot. The movie brilliantly demonstrates why we have the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. Too many people have sacrificed everything to make available the freedoms we enjoy today. The forces at work to take them away from us must be stopped in their tracks.As far as historical accuracy, read about the Battle of Cowpens. You will find that the historic Battle of Cowpens was a much more one sided victory for the Continentals than the movie suggests!

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5 Star Review   By member patriotfan - Nov 18, 2000   

I thought that the patriot was one of the best movies ive ever seen. it had all the essentials to being a great movie, too. ive tried to find it out on vhs but i can never find it. i can only find it out on dvd. well ive rented it and watched it so many times that i know every word that mel gibson is going to say. i really like the fighting scenes, also.

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3 Star Review   By member JoyV - Nov 15, 2000   

What Hollywood won't do to slap some big name actor on a mediocre adventure story in hopes of luring audiences! The Patriot was long and had a cookie cutter unoriginal feel to the script. There's nothing I hate more than when there is cheesy Hollywood modern day glib dialogue in a historical epic. Be consistent.

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4 Star Review   By member DeeJay - Nov 10, 2000   

I must be the only person who wasn't bothered by how long this movie was!! I was too caught up in the story-line and action to notice! Okay, so it was written from the "American point-of-view" and made the Brits look like cold-heated non-humans!! If this movie had been written from the "Brit point of view", the American's would have been portrayed as the epitomy of evil. So it wasn't always historically accurate, and yes, there was a love story or two added in for "mush-factor", but the battle scenes had me gripping my seat, holding my breathe, and several times cheering out loud! This movie is not for the faint of heart--Benjamin Martin with a hatchet is absolutley savage!! It is predictable at times--but we know going in that it's a movie about war--and war is not pretty. I was disappointed that Braveheart kept coming to mind--same type of bludgeoning and bloodshed--just different costumes! Mel and Heath were a good choice for the leads--good on-screen chemistry!! Joely Richardson was a bit over-done in her "drapes for a dress" and bosom pushed up for distraction. (More of a sense of modesty would have been more believable!!) Just one word for the scene with the tattered flag reviving the spirits of the militia---"WOW"!!!!

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5 Star Review   By member BrianP - Nov 9, 2000   

Mel Gibson strikes again in another great movie. A must see.

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4 Star Review   By member TSmith - Nov 8, 2000   

This movie was entertaining and had a lot of action which was good because it didn't get boring (and it was a long movie!). The only thing I would say would make it better is to focus just a little bit more on the historical parts.

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4 Star Review   By member fatcat879 - Nov 7, 2000   

While a long film with some incredibly cheesy and just plain dumb moments, it wasn't too bad. It was more of a movie for the patriot (no pun intended) because of the way the British are portrayed. I'm sure that some British commanders were a little crazy, but The Patriot makes it seem like they are crazy and stupid. In addition to the fact that once again, our hero (Mel Gibson) is invincible and able to kill fifty people and still make it home to dinner. However, all movies are like that, so I can't really punish The Patriot in that respect. There is a romantic subplot that contributed most of the cheesy parts of The Patriot, but I guess it adds something for the girls out there, if they aren't already enticed to see it because of Mel Gibson's charming good looks. :) All in all, it was a pretty good movie that did get some of that patriotic pride coming out of my heart. I recommend it for people who aren't overly concerned with a correct portrayal of history, like gory scenes, and can stand to sit still for three hours straight.

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4 Star Review   By member Germy21 - Oct 31, 2000   

Good movie! Plot was very good and the action and effects were awesome. Some parts of the movie were a little long and could have been shortened.

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3 Star Review   By member Biff - Oct 24, 2000   

The Patriot was a good film. It was hard not to compare this film with Braveheart because the plots were somewhat the same. I find Mel Gibson could have been more believeble.

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5 Star Review   By member History101 - Oct 22, 2000   

And just what are some of you basing your opinions of this movie being historically incorrect? Were you all there during the events? The importance of the movie lies not in 100% accuracy, but in the real story of a young Nations' fight for independence. It shows the heart and soul of the men and women who sacrificed everything so you could live free today. With all the crap being generated in Hollywood today, nothing more than eye candy, it was nice to be treated to an interactive experience, where what was being said was as important as what was being done. Any American, with a sense of pride in their Country, will be able to watch this movie and be proud of their heritage.

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5 Star Review   By member fifergirl15 - Oct 12, 2000   

The Patriot is the best movie i have ever seen. There was so much action. it had different genres of movies all in one. it had drama, action and comedy. This movie deserves a five star rating!I loved it sooooo much, and can't wait to buy it!

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2 Star Review   By member smit10236om - Aug 28, 2000   

This movie has just recently come out here in Australia, and I can only hope that other Australians realize how historically incorrect this film is. Didn't it occur to anyone whilst writing the screenplay that a city called "Washington" didn't exist in 1770s America? And yet it is mentioned in the movie. Apparently attention to detail isn't important to people who cast Aussies and Brits in a film about the American Revolution. Save your money--read a history book instead.

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2 Star Review   By member blin9729du - Aug 13, 2000   

An okay storyline, and Mel Gibson is a good actor. But it was like a poor version of Braveheart. Of course my rating wouldn't be so low if it weren't for the six or seven surprise guest appearances by, "Mr. Microphone," at the top of several scenes.

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5 Star Review   By member iceq9561om - Aug 10, 2000   

I think that The patriot is one of the greatest all-times movie!It was excellent!The acting was great(both from Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger)!The historical accuracy might not be at its best but it does not really matter.The movie does reflect a bit of the"I single-handedly saved the world"theme that so many American movies have about them,but it was still very good.If I could I would have given it six stars!

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5 Star Review   By member WHSI9527OM - Aug 9, 2000   

Mel Gibson, what can I say? It is definitely one of the best summer movies with a great plot, acting, and smooth transitions between scenes. The only complaint I had about this movie is that it is too much like Braveheart.

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4 Star Review   By member sava9537du - Aug 9, 2000   

Once again, Mel puts out a great movie. It was long, but I didn't mind at all. Great plot. Great characters. Great action.

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5 Star Review   By member sperryc - Aug 7, 2000   

This movie was great--a perfect balance between gory violence and healthy patriotism. Restraint was an interesting idea for a theme. And I'm glad Mel didn't have any. Most importantly, though, was how this movie was neither a fraud nor a sham. A definite plus.

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5 Star Review   By member Ally9446om - Aug 7, 2000   

Best movie I have ever seen. Absolutly love it!

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1 Star Review   By member timm9393om - Aug 5, 2000   

A fraud and a sham

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5 Star Review   By member rick9357et - Aug 4, 2000   

Our local radio talk show host (Chuck Baldwin Live Pensacola, Florida) bought out 2 theatres showing "The Patriot" and offered FREE ADMISSION to his listening audience as a thank you for 6 years on the air. Over 350 people of all ages watched and all loved it! I would rank it as good as a "Gone With The Wind" epic and I really appreciated a movie that I was able to take my kids to. It taught them some history and patriotic principles. There were some very violent scenes, but I think it needed to be told to show children the horrors of war and the price for freedom!

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5 Star Review   By member kyll3705et - Jul 29, 2000   

You can tell Mel Gibson has children in real life..He was very moving in this film-we are lucky to have him as an actor in our generation. Who was the boy that played the older son? A star to watch, I believe.

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5 Star Review   By member kxic9111om - Jul 28, 2000   

This movie was I think the best movie that Mel Gibson has ever played a role in. He was fantastic. This movie made me look at our country's history of war in a different prospective. Although it may have been a movie, it made me realize how it was for the men fighting for our country's freedom. It really brought tears to my eyes and I celebrated the 4th of July in a whole different light this year!

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5 Star Review   By member yiya9089om - Jul 28, 2000   

I enjoyed watching the Patriot. I didn't think Mel Gibson could be as successful with the Patriot as he was with Braveheart but I was wrong. They are both equally good movies.

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4 Star Review   By member alicat - Jul 27, 2000   

I don't know about this movie. I was entertained for the whole 3 hours (which in my book is way too long for any movie). I thought the acting was really good. Heath and Mel were great looking as well as believable in their parts. The history behind the movie was a great lesson about the Revolutionary war that is not given enough attention in schools. There was just so much going on throughout the movie. The plot was so thick. I am guessing there were like 25 mini stories going on and I never got confused or anything but it was just too much. There were also a lot of cheesy one liners. Granted, you have to have one liners in a movie like this but I started laughing outloud since there were so many. For as much cheese in the Patriot, I admit I totally got goose bumps more than once during the movie.

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5 Star Review   By member Fren8991om - Jul 24, 2000   

Patriot is a fantastic movie. Great story, great costumes, a lot of action. The action is not too realistic, which is rare these days.

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5 Star Review   By member swee8945om - Jul 22, 2000   

I watched X-Men before watching Patriot.I think Patriot edges out X-Men. I thinkPatriot was highly accurate, and I wassurprised that it turned out better thanI had hoped! I will see it again. I almostcried when I saw Benjamen Martin carrying theflag!

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4 Star Review   By member smoo8899om - Jul 21, 2000   

I gave it a four because I'm a huge Mel Gibson fan, but I can't say this was his best effort. The script seems contrived and the acting wasn't all that. I heard Mel turned down the starring role for Gladiator. His mistake.

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3 Star Review   By member anch8848du - Jul 20, 2000   

Good plot, though clique. Great action scenes. A long movie that gets tiring. Not as good as Braveheart, and Mel Gibson is tiresome.

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5 Star Review   By member alis8847om - Jul 20, 2000   

I didn't really know what to expect going in, and the three hour running time made me a bit weary, but I definitely thought it was worth it. The story line was extremely interesting, and I enjoyed the historical aspect of it. The acting was also very good, and I would want to see future movies starring these actors.

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5 Star Review   By member akir8797om - Jul 20, 2000   

What a great movie!!! I give it 5 stars without a doubt. If I could, I even wanna give more than 5 stars. I love the movie itself, actors (chemistry between veteran Mel Gibson and new-comer Heath Ledger's are sooooo good), soundtrack! I've seen the movie three times and I can't wait till it comes on vhs or dvd.

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5 Star Review   By member athe8816om - Jul 19, 2000   

I thought this movie was wonderful. I think people need to remember that it is just a movie, not required to be completely accurate. Everyone has their interpretation of history anyway. I've never read so many pious comments. I have a history degree and know enough to say that there is a bit of truth in both sides. Maybe every British general wasn't brutal, but some were. After all, we are Americans and are allowed to portray the bad guy on whichever side we choose. Please people, lighten up. Mel Gibson gave us another movie with substance when we're surrounded by these beyond stupid teeny bopper movies. I thank him.

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5 Star Review   By member keza8795om - Jul 19, 2000   

The Patriot is excellent! God bless America. We need to be more patriotic and grateful for people who helped found our country

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1 Star Review   By member mike8752om - Jul 18, 2000   

I thought that this movie was pathetic pro-American propaganda. It was historically inaccurate and made the British look like baby killing tyrants. That some people would pretend that it is historcally accurate is scary. It is pure entertainment and nothing more. Similar to Braveheart, which twisted history to try to make the British seem worse than the Nazis.

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5 Star Review   By member jenc8778om - Jul 18, 2000   

Mel Gibson still has it. He is inspirational, moving, and emotional all at the same time.

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5 Star Review   By member artbuf - Jul 17, 2000   

Anonymous (The fraud one) must be a British Subject. While this movie is a compilation of multiple stories from the Revolution, it has a good historical base. A very heart ripping movie, that should motivate any American to be proud of our forefathers. As a devout Constitutionalist, I found the scenes regarding the Militia and firearms ownership and use to be exceptional. A must see movie.

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5 Star Review   By member Drummer4Jesus - Jul 17, 2000   

Anonymous (The fraud one) must be a British Subject. While this movie is a compilation of multiple stories from the Revolution, it has a good historical base. A very heart ripping movie, that should motivate any American to be proud of our forefathers. As a devout Constitutionalist, I found the scenes regarding the Militia and firearms ownership and use to be exceptional. A must see movie.

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4 Star Review   By member Wiggum - Jul 17, 2000   

I really enjoyed this movie. It’s not the most masterful piece of cinema I’ve ever experienced, but it was a great way to pass a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon. If you’re turned off by violence, you may want to steer clear, but if you’re in the mood for a good (if predictable and unoriginal) action movie, “The Patriot” will do the job. The big battle scenes don’t compare to the D-Day landing depicted in “Saving Private Ryan” or the huge arrows & sword clashes in “Braveheart,” but they give you a powerful sense of what it must have been like to be involved in that kind of deadly, musket-to-musket chaos. The acting isn’t stellar, but it’s good enough to carry the story along and make you care about the characters. And the plot follows the same “avenge my family” template we’ve seen in countless other movies, but it manages to keep you engaged in the action. My only real complaint is that they really overdid the whole bad guy thing. To claim that this is not one of those movies that blurs the lines between good and evil would be an enormous understatement, which is kind of irritating because they could have used the main character’s savage past to do a much better job of exploring the way war can often produce moral ambiguity. But that’s not the point of this kind of movie. The point is to show a good guy who has to take revenge on a really, really bad guy. And trust me, they do just about everything possible to make it clear that the bad guy is about as bad as he can be.

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5 Star Review   By member Munson - Jul 16, 2000   

I really liked this movie. In a time when our idea of war is the video game-type air raid on Iraq broadcast live on CNN, it was amazing to see the face to face, musket to musket battles. Displaying his action prowess and tremendous acting ability, Mel Gibson was great. While there were parts that were cheesy and hokey, the action and raw emotion of the characters made it easy for me to overlook those parts. I also liked that even though there is a happy ending (I'm not giving anything away here...if you don't know that the U.S. won the Revolutionary War, you have no business using a computer), there were moments of true loss which is inevitable in times of war. I highly recommend this film and be sure to check it out in the theaters.

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1 Star Review   By member gold7714om - Jul 15, 2000   

scandalous treatment of history. this movie is a fraud.

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5 Star Review   By member Niza8585om - Jul 14, 2000   

It shows the American Independence which was very informative and depicted. It has a very good screenplay. The roles played were superb, and the effort shown in presenting the struggle was outstanding.

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5 Star Review   By member ed198560et - Jul 14, 2000   

A very good movie. The scenic views make the film very appealing and pretty. The acting and casting of characters is top notch. It depicts the scenes of war with brutality, and makes the viewer feel more in touch with the history of the American Revolution.

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3 Star Review   By member lips457du - Jul 10, 2000   

I wanted very much to give this movie a 5, but unfortunately I was disappointed with how this film turned out. It lost the essences of the American revolution -- many brave individuals willing to fight for their beliefs -- into a typical unrealistic super-hero man fighting a ridiculously evil bad guy. This subject deserved better.

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5 Star Review   By member mari8235om - Jul 7, 2000   

Best movie I have seen since "Titanic." Should be required for all young people to get a brief understanding of the sacrifices made by the people who founded this country. I applaud Mel Gibson for making a film with such strong conservative values.

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4 Star Review   By member Ruby - Jul 4, 2000   

I wanted to give this movie a 5-star rating, because I firmly believe its topic - the founding of the United States - is history's greatest moment... one that's been unfairly neglected by Hollywood. But this isn't the movie I would have made about the Revolution. THE PATRIOT is a classic "avenge my family" action story with the real gritty "give me liberty or give me death" stuff faded into the background. Still, it is compelling: any movie that convincingly pulls you into the horror of musket-to-musket-at-20-feet standoffs is going to grab your attention. And the movie is nicely filmed and features some great performances. Still, its too long, spends too much time reconciling the heroism of 1776 with the post-Civil Rights vibe of our own era, and the romance plots seem tacked on. Nevertheless, its refreshing to see Hollywood approaching the subject of the U.S. founding. There's a scene about recruiting for the local militia that I'm sure lots of post-mod's will find absolutely corny. But why? This is REAL history. If it seems corny, it only underscores how removed we are from the heroic sacrifices that birthed the most noble experiment in human history: self-rule with a respect for natural rights of individual men. THE PATRIOT is imperfect, but you and your family should see it.

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4 Star Review   By member upchuck - Jun 29, 2000   

Ever see a "bad" Mel Gibson movie?...neither have I...This is epic film like Braveheart and Gibson is at his best...

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