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The patriot

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Movie propaganda

In the emotionally-charged adventure The patriot, Mel Gibson stars as Benjamin Martin, a reluctant hero who is swept into the American revolution when the war reaches his home and threatens his family.

A hero of the fierce French and Native American conflict, Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. But when the British arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger what he holds most dear, Martin takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger) and leads a brave rebel militia into battle against a relentless and overwhelming English Army. In the process, he discovers the only way to protect his family is to fight for a young nation's freedom.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film independance war USA Britain British Empire revolution colony

Persons of interest

  • Mel Gibson .... Benjamin Martin
  • Heath Ledger .... Gabriel Martin
  • Joely Richardson .... Charlotte
  • Jason Isaacs .... Colonel William Tavington
  • Donal Logue .... Dan Scott
  • Michael Neeley .... Marquis De Lafayette
  • Robert Rodat .... Screenwriter
  • Roland Emmerich .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

A 40 minute rough cut from the first three reels. Based on that alone, I have already decided that this is a briliant film which everyone must see. Mel Gibson is as good as he was in Braveheart. Heath Ledger (one of my favourite actors) is just plain awesome. See it, see it, see it!

Theatrical report

The première. It is big, it is brassy, it is ballsy. It is intense, it is emotive, it is emotional. It is heroic, it is horrendous, it is historically incorrect.

But it's still a damned good way to pass 3 hours.

Mel Gibson is as good as Mel has ever been. Heath Ledger is better than he has ever been and that's saying something. The supporting cast are magnificent, especially the children. Jason Isaacs is pretty over the top but only because his character's motivations aren't given enough light early enough in the piece. The atrocities he committed are perfectly understandable given his past, as are those of Benjamin (Mel). That's where the Hollywood Historical Revisionism Committee comes in. Benjamin is based on a real life hero of the USA War of Independence (the biggest mistake the colonials ever made; think of all the things that would never have happened if they hadn't rebelled: the USA Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, fast food, rampant capitalism, bad spelling, bad grammar, The Brady bunch, "Would you like fries with that?"....) unfortunately the producers discovered what a raving lunatic the guy was and had to change the character's name to avoid any association between it and him. The horrors Benjamin enjoys in the film are nothing on what the guy did in real life.


Anyhoo, see it and enjoy it but don't make the mistake of using it in your HSC history test.

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

Go the braves! Oops, wrong war.

Go the Mounties! Oops, wrong country.

Go the Continental Army! Ah, right time, right place.

Who where the Continental Army? According to USA history they were the bunch of blokes who battled with the French to defeat the British forces (of King George the something) and thereby gain their independence. They had nothing to do with the Boston Tea Party or the USA Civil War, both of which were minor local hiccoughs.

The patriot is neither for the feeble-minded nor the faint-hearted, nor the churning-stomached, nor the weak-bladdered (it's a long wait until the credits). So, brain on, courage up, buckle in and get that coke cup ready, this is a film to see.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround (Hungarian)
  • Features:
    • Cast portraits (120 pages)
    • Commentary: with producer and director
    • Deleted scenes: 13 minutes
    • Featurettes:
      • The true patriots
      • Visual effects
      • The art of war
      • Conceptual art to film comparison
    • Talent profiles
    • Trailers
  • Languages: English, Hungarian
  • Picture disc
  • Picture: Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
  • Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Dutch, Bulgarian, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Arabic, Hungarian

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, adult themes)

Surveillance time

164 minutes

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 1 August 2001

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