History Film / ThePatriot

12th May '18 7:35:15 AM TheWanderer
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* ExpyCoexistence: It requires both [[GeniusBonus a fairly thorough knowledge of the war]] and [[BlinkAndYouMissIt careful attention to dialog]], but apparently the main historical inspiration for Tavington, Banastre Tarleton, exists in the universe of ''The Patriot'' alongside Tavington. When Gabriel returns home wounded, he talks about the Green Dragoons "falling on the Virginians", a reference to the Waxhaws massacre, where Tarleton's soldiers thought that the Americans pulled an ISurrenderSuckers and killed Tarleton during a truce, (in reality Tarleton was trapped beneath a dead horse) and proceeded to kill or injure most of the Americans before order could be restored.



** 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 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (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, Tarleton, 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 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (though the English did do similar things to the Irish during the 1641 rebellion, even if more than 100 years beforehand).
23rd Mar '18 11:31:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* OfficerAndAGentleman: This archetype is embodied by General Cornwallis, which was very much the ideal that high-level British officers at the time were at least supposed to strive for. He treats the entire Colonial War as a sporting game with temporary enemies, and is more than willing to hold a civil negotiation with Benjamin Martin. [[SubvertedTrope At least first]]. His subordinate Colonel Tavington, whose brutal, unprofessional conduct in battle initially earns him furious rebukes from Cornwallis, is eventually given free reign to engage in war crimes after Cornwallis has been dealt a personal slight by Martin.

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: This archetype is embodied by General Cornwallis, which was very much the ideal that high-level British officers at the time were at least supposed to strive for. He treats the entire Colonial War as a sporting game with temporary enemies, and is more than willing to hold a civil negotiation with Benjamin Martin. [[SubvertedTrope At least at first]]. His subordinate Colonel Tavington, whose brutal, unprofessional conduct in battle initially earns him furious rebukes from Cornwallis, is eventually given free reign to engage in war crimes after Cornwallis has been dealt a personal slight by Martin.
23rd Mar '18 11:30:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* OfficerAndAGentleman: This archetype is embodied by General Cornwallis, which was very much the ideal that high-level British officers at the time were at least supposed to strive for. He treats the entire Colonial War as a sporting game with temporary enemies, and is more than willing to hold a civil negotiation with Benjamin Martin. [[SubvertedTrope At least first]]. His subordinate Colonel Tavington, whose brutal, unprofessional conduct in battle initially earns him furious rebukes from Cornwallis, is eventually given free reign to engage in war crimes after Cornwallis has been dealt a personal slight by Martin.
19th Jan '18 3:56:16 PM Fireblood
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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Tavington burning the Martin's farm and killing the wounded Americans. The militia killing surrendering redcoats, much to Gabriel's protests. Later the church burning by the British with Patriot townsfolk inside. Also militiamen killing surrendering British troops.

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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Tavington burning the Martin's farm and killing the wounded Americans. The militia killing surrendering redcoats, much to Gabriel's protests. Later the church burning by the British with Patriot townsfolk inside. Also militiamen killing the surrendering British troops.troops after a skirmish.
19th Jan '18 3:55:03 PM Fireblood
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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Tavington burning the Martin's farm and killing the wounded Americans. The militia killing surrendering redcoats, much to Gabriel's protests. Later the church burning by the British with Patriot townsfolk inside.

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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Tavington burning the Martin's farm and killing the wounded Americans. The militia killing surrendering redcoats, much to Gabriel's protests. Later the church burning by the British with Patriot townsfolk inside. Also militiamen killing surrendering British troops.
20th Dec '17 9:26:02 AM lorgskyegon
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* BackFromTheDead/Blooper: John Billings is seen killed in the first Redcoat volley at the climactic Battle of Cowpens. This is several months after he committed suicide.
12th Dec '17 1:36:39 PM penguinist
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** Heath Ledger being allowed to sleep next to his girlfriend by her parents as long as her mother can sew him in? He calls it "bundling", and yeah, it was totally real. Though not always successful, as her parents' dialogue makes clear...
28th Nov '17 5:57:08 PM nombretomado
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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.
22nd Nov '17 2:59:17 PM Mario1995
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* EveryoneHasStandards:

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* EveryoneHasStandards:EvenEvilHasStandards:
21st Oct '17 1:54:29 PM BrotherGrimace
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* SelectiveObliviousness: Gabriel commented on several occasions how Benjamin should 'stay the course' when it cones to fighting the British and hold off on getting revenge until after the cause is won - however, [[ItsPersonal when Anne is killed by Tavington, he conveniently forgets all of that as he rushes off to avenge her.]] See TooDumbToLive for the result of his hypocrisy.
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