"The Patriot" Movie Review

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The Patriot Movie Review
I. Title- The Patriot
Production Date- June 28th 2000
Major Characters- Benjamin Martin: Mel Gibson Gabriel Martin: Heath Ledger Charlotte Selton: Joely Richardson Johnny Issacs: William Tavington Lisa Brenner: Anne Howard Charles Cornwallis: Tom Wilkinson

II. Movie Summary: "The Patriot" takes place during the Revolutionary War. It's 1776 and intense fighting is going on in the north, while in the south the people are scrambling to recruit anyone who was willing to fight against the British. The main character, Benjamin Martin, is a veteran of the French and Indian war who
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"The Patriot" shows the adversity that they had to fight through to gain freedom, but victories for the colonists like Saratoga kept them confident. All of the struggle paid off when the Continental Army, the militia, and the French all join forces to corner the British at Yorktown and force them to surrender. America had won the war and their freedom which became official with the signing of the Treaty of Paris and the Declaration of Independence. At the end of "The Patriot" when they are rebuilding the house it symbolizes what the Americans had to do, and that was rebuild and form the nation that would become the United States of America.

IV. Hollywood presented "The Patriot," and the event of the Revolutionary War in a bit of an exaggerated way. In the movie the British were looked at as brutal, heartless killers, which is an exaggeration of the way that the British really were. Also, Mel Gibson's character, Benjamin Martin, was based on Gen. Francis Marion(AKA: "The Swamp Fox"), who was very different in real life than the way he was portrayed in the movie. Marion was in actuality a serial rapist, a racist, and he also hunted Native Americans for fun. Benjamin Martin treated everyone respectfully, and was looked at by his peers as being a noble and honorable person. The events that took place, such as the marriages, killings of civilians, and the actual involvement of the certain militia showcased in this


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