The Patriot (2000)
- 2h 45m
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In 1776 South Carolina, widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family be torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. Unable to remain silent, he recruits a band of reluctant volunteers, including his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), to take up arms against the British. Fighting to protect his family's freedom and his country's independence, Martin discovers the pain of betrayal, the redemption of revenge and the passion of love.
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Critics Consensus: The Patriot can be entertaining to watch, but it relies too much on formula and melodrama.
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Common Sense Says
Rousing Revolutionary War tale has graphic battle scenes.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Patriot is a 2000 movie in which Mel Gibson plays a South Carolina farmer who joins the cause of liberty in the Revolutionary War. This is a very violent movie, with many graphic battle scenes, vividly portrayed. A character commits suicide when his family is killed. A solider is decapitated by a cannonball; other soldiers lose their limbs to cannonballs. There's blood and gore throughout the battle scenes, fighting with muskets, rifles, swords, cannonballs, and hatchets. African-Americans are shown hanging from a tree. Dozens of characters are burned to death while locked in a church. The atrocities committed in a past battle are vividly described. There are some gentle sexual references in a scene depicting the colonial custom of "bundling bags" for courting couples.
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- Release Date:June 28, 2000
- Audio Format:5.1
If purchased in:4K
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