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The Patriot (Extended Cut)
Known as: Patriot
Online Status: Owned on UV
Price at time of addition: Unknown
Category: GENERAL
Rating: R (Restricted)
Running Time: 165 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
Theater Release Date: 2000-06-28
Origional Release Date: 2000-06-28
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Widescreen)
Language: English
Subtitles: English,Spanish,French,Portuguese
Dubbed: French,Portuguese,Spanish
Director: Roland Emmerich
ID: 188
ASIN: B000ELL1S0
UPC: 043396137295
EAN: 9781424801527
MPN: COLD13729D
Date last watch:
Date Added: 2010-08-29
Actors:
Mel Gibson
Heath Ledger
Joely Richardson
Jason Isaacs
Chris Cooper

Genra:
Adventure
Drama
War
Format:
AC-3
Color
Dolby
Dubbed
DVD
Subtitled
Widescreen
NTSC


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Product 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.

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Aimed directly at a mainstream audience, The Patriot qualifies as respectable entertainment, but anyone expecting a definitive drama about the American Revolution should look elsewhere. Rising above the blatant crowd pleasing of Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla, director Roland Emmerich crafts a marvelous re-creation of South Carolina in the late 1770s (aided immeasurably by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel), and Robert Rodat's screenplay offers the same balance of epic scale and emotional urgency that elevated his earlier script for Saving Private Ryan. Unfortunately, Emmerich embraces clich├ęs and hackneyed melodrama that a more gifted director would have avoided. Instead of attempting a truly great film about the most pivotal years of American history, Emmerich settles for a standard revenge plot with the Revolutionary War as an incidental backdrop.

On those terms, the film is engrossing and sufficiently intelligent, especially when militia leader Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) cagily negotiates with British General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) in one of the most rewarding scenes. For the most part, the story concerns Martin's anguished quest for revenge against ruthless redcoat Colonel Tavington (played with snide relish by Jason Isaacs), and the rise to manhood of Martin's eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), whose battlefield honor exceeds even that of his brutally volatile father. At its best, The Patriot conveys the horror of war among innocent civilians, and the epic battle scenes, while by no means masterful, are graphically intense and impressive. And although Ledger's love interest (Lisa Brenner) is too bland to register much emotion, the focus on family (which frequently relegates the war to background history) provides a suitable vehicle for Gibson, who matches his achievement in Braveheart with an effectively brooding performance. --Jeff Shannon

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