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9th Jul '17 10:29:54 AM nombretomado
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** Although Banastre Tarelton, the prototype for Tavington, was a rather nasty individual (to clarify, note 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).

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** Although Banastre Tarelton, the prototype for Tavington, was a rather nasty individual (to clarify, note 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 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (though the English did do similar things to the Irish during the 1641 rebellion, even if more than 100 years beforehand).
9th Jul '17 8:06:25 AM k410ren
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* BigNo: Gabriel yells this when his friend Peter Cuppin is shot by the British and his comrades are pulling him back to retreat. He repeats it much louder and longer when Tavington shoots his son Thomas.

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* BigNo: Gabriel yells this when his friend Peter Cuppin is shot by the British and his comrades are pulling him back to retreat. He repeats it much louder and longer when Tavington shoots his son brother Thomas.
27th Jun '17 4:35:16 PM k410ren
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* BigNo: Gabriel yells this when his friend Peter Cuppin is shot by the British and his comrades are pulling him back to retreat. He repeats it much louder and longer when Tavington shoots his brother Thomas.

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* BigNo: Gabriel yells this when his friend Peter Cuppin is shot by the British and his comrades are pulling him back to retreat. He repeats it much louder and longer when Tavington shoots his brother son Thomas.



* DualWielding: The climax fight scene features Tavington wielding a sword and unfixed bayonet while Ben uses his Cherokee tomahawk in one hand and an empty pistol and seconds later a dagger in the other.

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* DualWielding: DualWielding:
** Tavington wields his saber in one hand and an empty pistol in the other when Gabriel's men ambush his dragoons.
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The climax fight scene features Tavington wielding a sword and unfixed bayonet while Ben uses his Cherokee tomahawk in one hand and an empty pistol and seconds later a dagger in the other.



* IcyBlueEyes: Tavington.



* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Gabriel takes too long to kill Tavington, taking his time by retrieving his knife and trying to stab him instead of using his musket to beat him to death. Subsequently, Tavington rolls upright and stabs Gabriel in the chest with his saber before fleeing.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: Colonel Tavington first scene involves him [[spoiler:murdering Thomas]].

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* WouldHurtAChild: Colonel Tavington Tavington's first scene involves him [[spoiler:murdering Thomas]].
25th Jun '17 3:09:42 AM DariusAngel
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-->'''General Lord Cornwallis''': ''(referring to a replacement formal coat)'' It is a horse blanket.\\

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-->'''General Lord Cornwallis''': ''(referring to a replacement formal coat)'' It is It's a horse blanket.\\



'''General Lord Cornwallis''': Very well, it is a ''nice'' horse blanket.

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'''General Lord Cornwallis''': Very well, it is it's a ''nice'' horse blanket.
25th Jun '17 2:42:55 AM DariusAngel
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* ConceptsAreCheap: All the talk of freedom often amounted to just that, as Gabriel notes. Its his hope that after winning their independence the Americans will have a chance to make them a reality.

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* ConceptsAreCheap: All the talk of freedom often amounted to just that, as Gabriel notes. Its It's his hope that after winning their independence the Americans will have a chance to make them a reality.
6th Jun '17 11:53:39 PM JediGoalie30
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* GentlemanSnarker: Several, with special mention to Benjamin Martin.
-->'''Lord Cornwallis:''' ''(regarding Martin's threatening to kill 18[[note]]19, if he hangs Martin with his men[[/note]] of Cornwallis' officers if Martin's men are not released)'' This is hardly the conduct of a gentleman.\\
'''Benjamin Martin:''' If the conduct of [[BloodKnight your officers]] is the measure of a gentleman, [[IllTakeThatAsACompliment I consider that a compliment]].
4th Jun '17 5:09:08 PM Fireblood
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* LeaveNoSurvivors: In his opening scene, Colonel Tavington has wounded Colonial soldiers gunned down where they're laying in blatant violation of the laws of war. General Cornwallis later explodes in Tavington's face for refusing to give their enemies of the hour quarter.

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* LeaveNoSurvivors: In his opening scene, Colonel Tavington has wounded Colonial soldiers gunned down where they're laying lying in blatant violation of the laws of war. General Cornwallis later explodes in Tavington's face for refusing to give their enemies of the hour quarter.
4th Jun '17 4:25:54 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Aside from most of the battles depicted, about two thirds of the movie.



* HollywoodHistory: Aside from most of the battles depicted, about two thirds of the movie.
4th Jun '17 4:13:37 PM Fireblood
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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.

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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. Benjamin says he's a fool for trying to fight like the British do, since they're much better at it due to the soldiers having more training in that method of warfare.
7th May '17 6:42:25 PM dunicha
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* UnstoppableRage: fueled when Thomas is killed and used to destroy a British detachment.

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* UnstoppableRage: fueled Fueled when Thomas is killed and used to destroy a British detachment.
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