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Director: Roland Emmerich. Writer: Robert Rodat. From metacritic. Cinematic Takes on American History. Cringy Awful. My TOP 30 for the last 30 years. Films die ik nog moet kijken. Share this Rating Title: The Patriot 7.

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Lethal Weapon 3 Action Crime Thriller. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Mel Gibson Benjamin Martin Heath Ledger Gabriel Martin Joely Richardson Charlotte Selton Jason Isaacs William Tavington Chris Cooper Jean Villeneuve Rene Auberjonois Reverend Oliver Lisa Brenner Anne Howard Tom Wilkinson Lord Charles Cornwallis Donal Logue Dan Scott Leon Rippy John Billings Adam Baldwin Wilkins Jay Arlen Jones Occam Joey D.

Peter Howard Gregory Smith Edit Storyline It is in colonial South Carolina. Taglines: What would you do if they destroyed your home, threatened your family.

Where would you draw the line? Country: USA Germany. Language: English. Runtime: min min extended min workprint. Color: Color Technicolor. Edit Did You Know?

Trivia It was hard finding a swamp for filming. The production rented out a botanical garden and flooded it. This music was unknown until its rediscovery as part of the Bach renaissance started by Felix Mendelssohn in Quotes [ first lines ] [ repeated line ] Benjamin Martin : I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear.

Alternate Versions In the extended edition, the "ambush" scene following the death of Thomas. In the original edited version of the film we soon observe the infamous Tavington interviewing a dying witness of the event in a battlefield tent hospital.

It is in this scene that the witness compares who we know as Benjamin Martin to a ghost. The problem is, as far as we knew, there were no survivors.

We had to accept at face value that perhaps one must have escaped. In this version of the film we now know the facts! You see, after Martin does his bloody hack job on a would-be escapee, the camera pans in on one particular Redcoat as he lays wounded in a nearby swamp.

We then get a peek at what he sees through his one dying eye: an eerie glimpse of Martin flitting through the dim light of the heavily-wooded forest.

Then the camera focuses again on the bloodied face of this dying witness. It is not long thereafter that we discover that this poor chap actually survives he's the one in the hospital tent. Frequently Asked Questions Q: Could Martin really have mounted so successful an attack when freeing his son?

Q: Is this movie historically accurate? Q: Why does Martin tell his two boys to shoot the officers first when rescuing Gabriel? Benjamin arrives soon thereafter, only to have another of his sons die in his arms.

Benjamin mourns and wavers in his commitment to continue fighting, but is resolved when reminded of his son's dedication to the cause by finding an American flag he repaired.

Martin's militia, along with a larger Continental Army regiment, confronts Cornwallis' regiment in a decisive battle at the Battle of Cowpens. The British appear to have the upper hand until Benjamin rallies the troops forward against their lines and Tavington rushes to attack him.

The two fight and Tavington gains the upper hand, delivering several wounds to Benjamin. At the last second, Benjamin dodges the attack and stabs Tavington to death, avenging his sons' deaths.

The battle is a Continental victory, and Cornwallis sounds the retreat. After many retreats, Cornwallis is besieged at Yorktown, Virginia where he surrenders to the surrounding Continental Army and the long-awaited French naval force.

After the conflict ends, Benjamin returns with his family, with Charlotte carrying their new baby, and discovers his militia soldiers rebuilding his homestead in their new nation. Screenwriter Robert Rodat wrote seventeen drafts of the script before there was an acceptable one.

In an early version, Anne is pregnant with Gabriel's child when she dies in the burning church. Rodat wrote the script with Gibson in mind for Benjamin Martin, and gave the Martin character six children to signal this preference to studio executives.

After the birth of Gibson's seventh child, the script was changed so that Martin had seven children. Like the character William Wallace , which Gibson portrayed in Braveheart five years earlier, Martin is a man seeking to live his life in peace until revenge drives him to lead a cause against a national enemy after the life of an innocent family member is taken.

The producers and director narrowed their choices for this role to Ryan Phillippe and Heath Ledger , with the latter chosen because the director thought he possessed "exuberant youth".

The film's German director Emmerich said "these were characters I could relate to, and they were engaged in a conflict that had a significant outcome—the creation of the first modern democratic government.

The film was shot entirely on location in South Carolina, including Charleston , Rock Hill —for many of the battle scenes, and Lowrys —for the farm of Benjamin Martin, as well as nearby Fort Lawn.

As a result, Arnold never returned to compose for any of Emmerich's subsequent films and was replaced by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker.

The Patriot received mildly favorable reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes also notes that, "While his hero is conscience-stricken about killing, Emmerich sure enjoys serving it up in generous helpings.

The New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell gave the film a generally negative review, although he praised its casting and called Mel Gibson "an astonishing actor", particularly for his "on-screen comfort and expansiveness".

He said the film is a "gruesome hybrid, a mix of sentimentality and brutality". It's got big battles and wrenching hand-to-hand combat, a courageous but conflicted hero and a dastardly and totally guilt-free villain, thrills, tenderness, sorrow, rage and a little bit of kissing".

A highly positive review was purportedly written by a critic named David Manning , who was credited to The Ridgefield Press , a small Connecticut weekly news publication.

During an investigation into Manning's quotes, Newsweek reporter John Horn discovered that the newspaper had never heard of him. These occurrences, in tandem, raised questions and controversy about ethics in movie marketing practices.

On June 10, , the episode of Le Show , host Harry Shearer conducted an in-studio interview with Manning, whose "review" of the film was positive.

The voice of Manning was provided by a computer voice synthesizer. During development, Emmerich and his team consulted with experts at the Smithsonian Institution on set, props, and costumes; advisor Rex Ellis even recommended the Gullah village as an appropriate place for Martin's family to hide.

Producer Mark Gordon said that in making the film, "while we were telling a fictional story, the backdrop was serious history".

Rodat said of Gibson's character: "Benjamin Martin is a composite character made up of Thomas Sumter , Daniel Morgan , Andrew Pickens , and Francis Marion , and a few bits and pieces from a number of other characters.

While some events, such as Tarleton's pursuit of Francis Marion and his fellow irregular soldiers who escaped by disappearing into the swamps of South Carolina, were loosely based on history, [22] and others were adapted, such as the final battle in the film which combined elements of the Battles of Cowpens and Battle of Guilford Court House , most of the plot events in the film are pure fiction.

The film was harshly criticized in the British press in part because of its connection to Francis Marion , a militia leader in South Carolina known as the "Swamp Fox".

The truth is that people like Marion committed atrocities as bad, if not worse, than those perpetrated by the British. The Patriot does not depict the American character Benjamin Martin as innocent of atrocities; a key plot point revolves around the character's guilt over acts he engaged in, such as torturing, killing, and mutilating prisoners during the French and Indian War , while not mentioning his crimes against fellow colonists during the Revolutionary War.

Conservative radio host Michael Graham rejected Hibbert's criticism of Marion in a commentary published in National Review :. Was Francis Marion a slave owner? Was he a determined and dangerous warrior?

Did he commit acts in an 18th century war that we would consider atrocious in the current world of peace and political correctness? As another great American film hero might say: 'You're damn right.

Graham also refers to what he describes as "the unchallenged work of South Carolina's premier historian" Dr. Walter Edgar , who claimed in his South Carolina: A History that Marion's partisans were "a ragged band of both black and white volunteers".

Marion deserves to be remembered as one of the heroes of the War for Independence Francis Marion was a man of his times: he owned slaves, and he fought in a brutal campaign against the Cherokee Indians Marion's experience in the French and Indian War prepared him for more admirable service.

During pre-production, the producers debated on whether Martin would own slaves, ultimately deciding not to make him a slave owner.

This decision received criticism from Spike Lee , who in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter accused the film's portrayal of slavery as being "a complete whitewashing of history".

For three hours The Patriot dodged around, skirted about or completely ignored slavery. Not to seems kind of a cop-out. After release, several British voices criticized the film for its depiction of the film's villain Tavington and defended the historical character of Banastre Tarleton.

Ben Fenton, commenting in the Daily Telegraph , wrote:. There is no evidence that Tarleton, called 'Bloody Ban' or 'The Butcher' in rebel pamphlets, ever broke the rules of war and certainly did not ever shoot a child in cold blood.

Although Tarleton gained the reputation among Americans as a butcher for his involvement in the Battle of Waxhaws in South Carolina, he was a hero in Liverpool, England. Liverpool City Council , led by Mayor Edwin Clein, called for a public apology for what they viewed as the film's " character assassination " of Tarleton.

What happened during the Battle of The Waxhaws, known to the Americans as the Buford Massacre or as the Waxhaw massacre, is the subject of debate.

Buford raised a white flag of surrender, "expecting the usual treatment sanctioned by civilized warfare". While Buford was calling for quarter, Tarleton's horse was struck by a musket ball and fell.

This gave the Loyalist cavalrymen the impression that the Continentals had shot at their commander while asking for mercy.

Enraged, the Loyalist troops charged at the Virginians. According to Brownfield, the Loyalists attacked, carrying out "indiscriminate carnage never surpassed by the most ruthless atrocities of the most barbarous savages".

In Tarleton's own account, he stated that his horse had been shot from under him during the initial charge in which he was knocked out for several minutes and that his men, thinking him dead, engaged in "a vindictive asperity not easily restrained".

Tarleton's role in the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas is examined by Ben Rubin who shows that historically, while the actual events of the Battle of the Waxhaws were presented differently according to which side was recounting them, the story of Tarleton's atrocities at Waxhaws and on other occasions became a rallying cry, particularly at the Battle of King's Mountain.

He wrote his name in letters of blood all across the history of the war in the South. Scotti challenged the factual accounts of atrocities and stressed the "propaganda value that such stories held for the Americas both during and after the war".

Screenwriters consulting American works to build the character Tavington based on Tarleton would have commonly found descriptions of him as barbaric and accounts of his name being used for recruiting and motivation during the Revolutionary War itself.

Whereas Tavington is depicted as aristocratic but penniless, Tarleton came from a wealthy Liverpool merchant family.

Tarleton did not die in battle or from impalement, as Tavington did in the film. Tarleton died on January 16, , in Leintwardine , Herefordshire , England, at the age of 78, nearly 50 years after the war ended.

He outlived Col. Francis Marion who died in , by 38 years. Before his death, Tarleton had achieved the military rank of General , equal to that held by the overall British Commanders during the American Revolution, and became a baronet and a member of the British Parliament.

The Patriot was criticized for misrepresenting atrocities during the Revolutionary War , including the killing of prisoners of war and wounded soldiers and burning a church filled with townsfolk.

While atrocities occurred during the war, the most striking of the film's depictions of British atrocities—the burning of a church full of unarmed colonial civilians—had virtually no factual basis nor parallel in the American or European 18th century wars, with the exception of the Massacre at Lucs-sur-Boulogne in , which was a purely French affair with no connection to British troops nor the American Revolution.

The New York Post film critic Jonathan Foreman was one of several focusing on this distortion in the film and wrote the following in an article at Salon.

The most disturbing thing about The Patriot is not just that German director Roland Emmerich director of Independence Day and his screenwriter Robert Rodat who was criticized for excluding the roles played by British and other Allied troops in the Normandy landings from his script for Saving Private Ryan depicted British troops as committing savage atrocities, but that those atrocities bear such a close resemblance to war crimes carried out by German troops—particularly the SS in World War II.

It's hard not to wonder if the filmmakers have some kind of subconscious agenda They have made a film that will have the effect of inoculating audiences against the unique historical horror of Oradour —and implicitly rehabilitating the Nazis while making the British seem as evil as history's worst monsters So it's no wonder that the British press sees this film as a kind of blood libel against the British people.

The Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter , a historian of the era, said: "Any image of the American Revolution which represents you Brits as Nazis and us as gentle folk is almost certainly wrong.

It was a very bitter war, a total war, and that is something that I am afraid has been lost to history Snow, editor of American Heritage magazine, said of the church-burning scene: "Of course it never happened—if it had do you think Americans would have forgotten it?

It could have kept us out of World War I. Slate columnist Michael Lind criticized the identification of the leading character's actions with patriotism. Specifically, Lind stated that "this movie is deeply subversive patriotism.

Indeed, patriotism is a concept that neither the screenwriter He further wrote that "the message of The Patriot is that country is an abstraction, family is everything.

It should have been called The Family Man ". In contrast, historian Ben Rubin argues that because the American Revolution was a conflict that as often pitted neighbor against neighbor—Whigs advocates of Revolution against Tories loyalists to Britain —as it pitted nascent Americans against the British, many people stayed neutral until goaded into taking a stand in reaction to perceived atrocities.

In the film, Gibson's character asks, "Why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away?

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Yes, it was violent, but that lent a realism to the film that most other films about this era lack. The look and feel of this period was portrayed well.

The acting was superb. I won't give anything away, but this did NOT arguably have either an entirely "Hollywood" plot — people, including civilians, DIE, as they do in war — or much of a "Hollywood" ending, despite a relatively happy one.

That was impressive, and made the film genuine, exciting and at times, shocking. Plot points such as Benjamin Martin's youngest daughter's feelings about her daddy, and the romance between his son and a young girl were touching, and even emotional.

I found some things complain about. Crisp, clean, brand-new Colonial American flags suddenly appear after, and during, the final battle.

In reality they would have been rags by then — or at least not so clean. One bad bit of dialogue: Benjamin Martin is on the beach with his sister-in- law, and he asks if he can sit down.

Her reply, "It's a free country — or will be soon," was a 20th century throw-away line dressed up with a caveat, and I cringed at it.

The film was historically accurate in many respects. The formal way of speaking, plus the family-above-all, loyalty-to-The-Cause attitudes expressed throughout, were genuine, even though both are out of favor today.

Children using weapons, and going off to fight on a moment's notice, was not an uncommon story, and supposedly happened in a branch of my own family.

Relationships like Martin's and his wife's sister did occur, often out of necessity. I was surprised to read afterwards that the battle tactics of the last scene occurred, almost exactly as shown, at the Battle of Cowpens, including fierce hand-to-hand combat.

Colonel Banastre Tarleton — the basis for the movie's character William Tavington — was indeed seen as a war criminal by American colonists at the time, and the real Tarleton even had a horse shot out from under him!

But was it biased? Sure it was. Roughly a third of the American colonists were Loyalists, another third were "rebels", and another third were undecided.

It would have made the story more complete and complex to portray this or the time Tarleton mistakenly slaughtered some of those very Loyalists! But I've read a poem online "Ode to Valour" dedicated to Col.

Banastre Tarleton's "heroic exploits" that would shame modern-day propagandists. I think we all accept that not every British officer of this era was a monster.

The real Swamp Fox knew a bit about balance, however. After after the war, when the real Francis Marion served in the South Carolina Senate, he is said to have advocated a lenient policy toward the Loyalists.

The real Tarleton survived the war, went home to write his memoirs, was seen as a hero, and was elected to Parliament. Maybe we need a sequel to cover all of these other aspects of the story.

Until then, this one is a must- see. If you were around in the early aughts, you might've had the same reaction. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

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Alternate Versions. Rate This. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich. Writer: Robert Rodat. From metacritic. Cinematic Takes on American History.

Cringy Awful. My TOP 30 for the last 30 years. Films die ik nog moet kijken. Share this Rating Title: The Patriot 7. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

Military Themed Popular Movie? Nominated for 3 Oscars. Learn more More Like This. We Were Soldiers Action Drama History. Enemy at the Gates Drama History War.

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. Black Hawk Down The Last Samurai Action Drama War.

Pearl Harbor Troy Drama History. Shooter I Action Drama Thriller. Kingdom of Heaven Action Adventure Drama. American Sniper Action Biography Drama.

Lone Survivor Armageddon Action Adventure Sci-Fi. Lethal Weapon 3 Action Crime Thriller. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Mel Gibson There, Gabriel marries his betrothed Anne. Tavington's brigade rides into the town that supplies the militia.

He assembles all the townspeople, including Anne, into the church, promising freedom in exchange for the whereabouts of the rebels. After their location is given, he has the doors barricaded, and orders the church to be burned, killing everyone inside.

When they discover the tragedy, Gabriel and several others race to attack Tavington's encampment. In the ensuing battle, Gabriel shoots Tavington, but Tavington mortally wounds Gabriel before fleeing.

Benjamin arrives soon thereafter, only to have another of his sons die in his arms. Benjamin mourns and wavers in his commitment to continue fighting, but is resolved when reminded of his son's dedication to the cause by finding an American flag he repaired.

Martin's militia, along with a larger Continental Army regiment, confronts Cornwallis' regiment in a decisive battle at the Battle of Cowpens.

The British appear to have the upper hand until Benjamin rallies the troops forward against their lines and Tavington rushes to attack him. The two fight and Tavington gains the upper hand, delivering several wounds to Benjamin.

At the last second, Benjamin dodges the attack and stabs Tavington to death, avenging his sons' deaths. The battle is a Continental victory, and Cornwallis sounds the retreat. After many retreats, Cornwallis is besieged at Yorktown, Virginia where he surrenders to the surrounding Continental Army and the long-awaited French naval force.

After the conflict ends, Benjamin returns with his family, with Charlotte carrying their new baby, and discovers his militia soldiers rebuilding his homestead in their new nation.

Screenwriter Robert Rodat wrote seventeen drafts of the script before there was an acceptable one. In an early version, Anne is pregnant with Gabriel's child when she dies in the burning church.

Rodat wrote the script with Gibson in mind for Benjamin Martin, and gave the Martin character six children to signal this preference to studio executives.

After the birth of Gibson's seventh child, the script was changed so that Martin had seven children. Like the character William Wallace , which Gibson portrayed in Braveheart five years earlier, Martin is a man seeking to live his life in peace until revenge drives him to lead a cause against a national enemy after the life of an innocent family member is taken.

The producers and director narrowed their choices for this role to Ryan Phillippe and Heath Ledger , with the latter chosen because the director thought he possessed "exuberant youth".

The film's German director Emmerich said "these were characters I could relate to, and they were engaged in a conflict that had a significant outcome—the creation of the first modern democratic government.

The film was shot entirely on location in South Carolina, including Charleston , Rock Hill —for many of the battle scenes, and Lowrys —for the farm of Benjamin Martin, as well as nearby Fort Lawn.

As a result, Arnold never returned to compose for any of Emmerich's subsequent films and was replaced by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker. The Patriot received mildly favorable reviews from critics.

Rotten Tomatoes also notes that, "While his hero is conscience-stricken about killing, Emmerich sure enjoys serving it up in generous helpings. The New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell gave the film a generally negative review, although he praised its casting and called Mel Gibson "an astonishing actor", particularly for his "on-screen comfort and expansiveness".

He said the film is a "gruesome hybrid, a mix of sentimentality and brutality". It's got big battles and wrenching hand-to-hand combat, a courageous but conflicted hero and a dastardly and totally guilt-free villain, thrills, tenderness, sorrow, rage and a little bit of kissing".

A highly positive review was purportedly written by a critic named David Manning , who was credited to The Ridgefield Press , a small Connecticut weekly news publication. During an investigation into Manning's quotes, Newsweek reporter John Horn discovered that the newspaper had never heard of him.

These occurrences, in tandem, raised questions and controversy about ethics in movie marketing practices. On June 10, , the episode of Le Show , host Harry Shearer conducted an in-studio interview with Manning, whose "review" of the film was positive.

The voice of Manning was provided by a computer voice synthesizer. During development, Emmerich and his team consulted with experts at the Smithsonian Institution on set, props, and costumes; advisor Rex Ellis even recommended the Gullah village as an appropriate place for Martin's family to hide.

Producer Mark Gordon said that in making the film, "while we were telling a fictional story, the backdrop was serious history". Rodat said of Gibson's character: "Benjamin Martin is a composite character made up of Thomas Sumter , Daniel Morgan , Andrew Pickens , and Francis Marion , and a few bits and pieces from a number of other characters.

While some events, such as Tarleton's pursuit of Francis Marion and his fellow irregular soldiers who escaped by disappearing into the swamps of South Carolina, were loosely based on history, [22] and others were adapted, such as the final battle in the film which combined elements of the Battles of Cowpens and Battle of Guilford Court House , most of the plot events in the film are pure fiction.

The film was harshly criticized in the British press in part because of its connection to Francis Marion , a militia leader in South Carolina known as the "Swamp Fox".

The truth is that people like Marion committed atrocities as bad, if not worse, than those perpetrated by the British. The Patriot does not depict the American character Benjamin Martin as innocent of atrocities; a key plot point revolves around the character's guilt over acts he engaged in, such as torturing, killing, and mutilating prisoners during the French and Indian War , while not mentioning his crimes against fellow colonists during the Revolutionary War.

Conservative radio host Michael Graham rejected Hibbert's criticism of Marion in a commentary published in National Review :. Was Francis Marion a slave owner? Was he a determined and dangerous warrior?

Did he commit acts in an 18th century war that we would consider atrocious in the current world of peace and political correctness?

As another great American film hero might say: 'You're damn right. Graham also refers to what he describes as "the unchallenged work of South Carolina's premier historian" Dr.

Walter Edgar , who claimed in his South Carolina: A History that Marion's partisans were "a ragged band of both black and white volunteers". Marion deserves to be remembered as one of the heroes of the War for Independence Francis Marion was a man of his times: he owned slaves, and he fought in a brutal campaign against the Cherokee Indians Marion's experience in the French and Indian War prepared him for more admirable service.

During pre-production, the producers debated on whether Martin would own slaves, ultimately deciding not to make him a slave owner. This decision received criticism from Spike Lee , who in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter accused the film's portrayal of slavery as being "a complete whitewashing of history".

For three hours The Patriot dodged around, skirted about or completely ignored slavery. Not to seems kind of a cop-out. After release, several British voices criticized the film for its depiction of the film's villain Tavington and defended the historical character of Banastre Tarleton.

Ben Fenton, commenting in the Daily Telegraph , wrote:. There is no evidence that Tarleton, called 'Bloody Ban' or 'The Butcher' in rebel pamphlets, ever broke the rules of war and certainly did not ever shoot a child in cold blood.

Although Tarleton gained the reputation among Americans as a butcher for his involvement in the Battle of Waxhaws in South Carolina, he was a hero in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool City Council , led by Mayor Edwin Clein, called for a public apology for what they viewed as the film's " character assassination " of Tarleton.

What happened during the Battle of The Waxhaws, known to the Americans as the Buford Massacre or as the Waxhaw massacre, is the subject of debate.

Buford raised a white flag of surrender, "expecting the usual treatment sanctioned by civilized warfare". While Buford was calling for quarter, Tarleton's horse was struck by a musket ball and fell.

This gave the Loyalist cavalrymen the impression that the Continentals had shot at their commander while asking for mercy. Enraged, the Loyalist troops charged at the Virginians.

According to Brownfield, the Loyalists attacked, carrying out "indiscriminate carnage never surpassed by the most ruthless atrocities of the most barbarous savages". In Tarleton's own account, he stated that his horse had been shot from under him during the initial charge in which he was knocked out for several minutes and that his men, thinking him dead, engaged in "a vindictive asperity not easily restrained".

Tarleton's role in the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas is examined by Ben Rubin who shows that historically, while the actual events of the Battle of the Waxhaws were presented differently according to which side was recounting them, the story of Tarleton's atrocities at Waxhaws and on other occasions became a rallying cry, particularly at the Battle of King's Mountain.

He wrote his name in letters of blood all across the history of the war in the South. Scotti challenged the factual accounts of atrocities and stressed the "propaganda value that such stories held for the Americas both during and after the war".

Screenwriters consulting American works to build the character Tavington based on Tarleton would have commonly found descriptions of him as barbaric and accounts of his name being used for recruiting and motivation during the Revolutionary War itself.

Whereas Tavington is depicted as aristocratic but penniless, Tarleton came from a wealthy Liverpool merchant family. Tarleton did not die in battle or from impalement, as Tavington did in the film.

Tarleton died on January 16, , in Leintwardine , Herefordshire , England, at the age of 78, nearly 50 years after the war ended. He outlived Col. Francis Marion who died in , by 38 years.

Before his death, Tarleton had achieved the military rank of General , equal to that held by the overall British Commanders during the American Revolution, and became a baronet and a member of the British Parliament.

The Patriot was criticized for misrepresenting atrocities during the Revolutionary War , including the killing of prisoners of war and wounded soldiers and burning a church filled with townsfolk.

While atrocities occurred during the war, the most striking of the film's depictions of British atrocities—the burning of a church full of unarmed colonial civilians—had virtually no factual basis nor parallel in the American or European 18th century wars, with the exception of the Massacre at Lucs-sur-Boulogne in , which was a purely French affair with no connection to British troops nor the American Revolution.

The New York Post film critic Jonathan Foreman was one of several focusing on this distortion in the film and wrote the following in an article at Salon. The most disturbing thing about The Patriot is not just that German director Roland Emmerich director of Independence Day and his screenwriter Robert Rodat who was criticized for excluding the roles played by British and other Allied troops in the Normandy landings from his script for Saving Private Ryan depicted British troops as committing savage atrocities, but that those atrocities bear such a close resemblance to war crimes carried out by German troops—particularly the SS in World War II.

It's hard not to wonder if the filmmakers have some kind of subconscious agenda They have made a film that will have the effect of inoculating audiences against the unique historical horror of Oradour —and implicitly rehabilitating the Nazis while making the British seem as evil as history's worst monsters So it's no wonder that the British press sees this film as a kind of blood libel against the British people.

The Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter , a historian of the era, said: "Any image of the American Revolution which represents you Brits as Nazis and us as gentle folk is almost certainly wrong.

It was a very bitter war, a total war, and that is something that I am afraid has been lost to history Snow, editor of American Heritage magazine, said of the church-burning scene: "Of course it never happened—if it had do you think Americans would have forgotten it?

It could have kept us out of World War I. Slate columnist Michael Lind criticized the identification of the leading character's actions with patriotism. Specifically, Lind stated that "this movie is deeply subversive patriotism.

Indeed, patriotism is a concept that neither the screenwriter He further wrote that "the message of The Patriot is that country is an abstraction, family is everything. It should have been called The Family Man ".

In contrast, historian Ben Rubin argues that because the American Revolution was a conflict that as often pitted neighbor against neighbor—Whigs advocates of Revolution against Tories loyalists to Britain —as it pitted nascent Americans against the British, many people stayed neutral until goaded into taking a stand in reaction to perceived atrocities.

In the film, Gibson's character asks, "Why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see The Patriot.

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