History Film / ThePatriot

30th Nov '16 3:28:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Quite well averted. Maj. Villeneuve is a stalwart ally to the Colonials and an all-around badass, and the French army shows up at the end to play TheCavalry and force the British to surrender. Which actually ''is'' historically accurate.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Quite well averted.Inverted. Maj. Villeneuve is a stalwart ally to the Colonials and an all-around badass, and the French army shows up at the end to play TheCavalry and force the British to surrender. Which actually ''is'' historically accurate.
30th Nov '16 3:27:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Quite well averted. Maj. Villeneuve is a stalwart ally to the Colonials and an all-around BadAss, and the French army shows up at the end to play TheCavalry and force the British to surrender. Which actually ''is'' historically accurate.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Quite well averted. Maj. Villeneuve is a stalwart ally to the Colonials and an all-around BadAss, badass, and the French army shows up at the end to play TheCavalry and force the British to surrender. Which actually ''is'' historically accurate.
27th Nov '16 5:24:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AxeCrazy: Tavington, Tavington, Tavington. Most of the atrocities committed in the film are because of him, and he actively makes Cornwallis's job more difficult because of his needless cruelty.

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* AxeCrazy: AxCrazy: Tavington, Tavington, Tavington. Most of the atrocities committed in the film are because of him, and he actively makes Cornwallis's job more difficult because of his needless cruelty.



** Cornwallis is an honorable British general who respects the laws of warfare and simply wants to reestablish British rule. He also wants to maintain good, if not peaceful, relations with the colonials. However, he is still appalled at Tavington's brutal tactics and rightly faults him for the increasing resistance against the British from the American militia.

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** Cornwallis is an honorable British general who respects the laws of warfare and simply wants to reestablish British rule. He also wants to maintain good, if not peaceful, relations with the colonials. However, Partly because of this, he is still appalled at Tavington's brutal tactics and rightly faults him for the increasing resistance against the British from the American militia.



** Although Banastre Tarelton, the prototype for Tavington, was a rather nasty individual (clarify his actions at the Waxhaws Massacre[[note]]and even then, it was more his troops' fault than his own[[/note]] and his fervent support of the slave trade as an MP), he was not nearly as bad as the film would have you believe. Many of the things Tavington does, such as locking up villagers inside their church and then setting it and them on fire were based on German war crimes from WorldWarTwo (though the English did do similar things to the Irish during the 1641 rebellion, even if more than 100 years beforehand).

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** Although Banastre Tarelton, the prototype for Tavington, was a rather nasty individual (clarify his actions at the Waxhaws Massacre[[note]]and even then, it was arguably more his troops' fault than his own[[/note]] and his fervent support of the slave trade as an MP), he was not nearly as bad as the film would have you believe. Many of the things Tavington does, such as locking up villagers inside their church and then setting it and them on fire were based on German war crimes from WorldWarTwo (though the English did do similar things to the Irish during the 1641 rebellion, even if more than 100 years beforehand).
24th Nov '16 11:47:02 AM rufusluciusivan
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* ShownTheirWork: The movie doesn't forget to show the fact that the French army was a powerful ally of the American revolutionaries, while also showing that the Kingdom of France did it more to weaken its old British enemy rather than for the Revolution itself.
2nd Nov '16 9:04:47 PM Parable
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* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: Martin tries to cite them in defense of his son, who's been arrested for spying, saying he can't be charged as a spy since he's in uniform with the dispatches he was carrying clearly marked. Tavington's not interested, however, having already had wounded Continental soldiers shot, and threatens Martin before burning down his home for "harboring" rebels.

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* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: Martin tries to cite them in defense of his son, who's been arrested for spying, saying he can't be charged as a spy since he's in uniform with the dispatches he was carrying clearly marked. Tavington's not interested, however, having already had wounded Continental soldiers shot, and threatens Martin before burning down his home for "harboring" rebels. Later Martin and Cornwallis trade military formalities with each other, establishing to Cornwallis that the rebel is not the "farmer with a pitchfork" he had dismissed him as.
28th Sep '16 11:36:38 AM theLibrarian
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** The British in general get this, but BigBad Charles Cornwallis definitely does. While in the movie he is still portrayed as a NobleDemon in comparison to Tavington's plain demon, he still holds the colonists in open contempt and disdain. In reality Cornwallis was a Whig who was sympathetic to the colonials, and before the war was an MP who voted on their behalf several times.

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** The British in general get this, but BigBad Charles Cornwallis definitely does. While in the movie he is still portrayed as a NobleDemon in comparison to Tavington's plain demon, he still holds the colonists in open contempt and disdain. In reality Cornwallis was a Whig who was sympathetic to the colonials, and before the war was an MP who voted on their behalf several times. He was also an effective governor of Ireland and India after the war, effecting major changes in both parts of the British Empire despite his defeat in the Revolution.
28th Sep '16 11:31:32 AM theLibrarian
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* GeneralFailure: General Gates (who we barely see in the movie) doesn't have a very good track record against the British; despite being in a position of command at Saratoga we see at least two battles with him in command, both of which are Continental losses. It's telling that at Cowpens he's ''not'' in command.
27th Sep '16 9:54:38 PM theLibrarian
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* DefensiveFeintTrap: The Battle of Cowpens starts with the Continentals pulling this, taking advantage of the British's low opinion of militia and their tendency to flee under fire to lure the British into running right into the rest of the army for a counterattack.
19th Sep '16 6:32:34 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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* CompositeCharacter: Both Martin and Tavington were a combination of several colonial militia leaders and brutal British commanders.

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* CompositeCharacter: Both Martin and Tavington were a combination of several colonial militia leaders and brutal British commanders.
18th Sep '16 6:43:58 PM theLibrarian
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* AxeCrazy: Tavington, Tavington, Tavington. Most of the atrocities committed in the film are because of him, and he actively makes Cornwallis's job more difficult because of his needless cruelty.



-->'''Col. Benjamin Martin:''' If the conduct of your officers is the measure of a gentleman, I'll take that as a compliment.

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-->'''Col. Benjamin Martin:''' If [[AxeCrazy the conduct of your officers officers]] is the measure of a gentleman, I'll take that as a compliment.
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