History Film / ThePatriot

13th Feb '17 9:12:25 PM Mdumas43073
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2000 war epic starring Creator/MelGibson, Creator/HeathLedger and Creator/JasonIsaacs, set during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. The movie isn't about the actual founding fathers (ie Washington) but is instead about some of the biggest and most brutal engagements that were waged in the southern colonies, as seen through an [[CallToAgriculture Officer turned Farmer]] turned Officer again. Mel Gibson is Benjamin Martin, a [[OldShame veteran of the]] French And Indian War who was changed by the horrors he has seen (and committed). South Carolina had just voted to join the war, but Ben said he would not. His eldest son Gabriel decides to go anyway. He isn't seen again until two years later, when he staggers home, wounded and carrying dispatches between two rebel leaders.

This is where Colonel Tavington comes in. The commander of the elite Green Dragoon forces, Tavington orders the deaths of the rebel wounded, has the Martins' house burned down, and takes Gabriel in as a spy to be hanged. Thomas, his next oldest son, tries to intervene, and gets a bullet in the back for his trouble. This sparks Benjamin Martin's decision to join the Revolution to fight the Redcoats (and to ambush and slaughter the British detachment).

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A 2000 war epic set during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, directed by Creator/RolandEmmerich and starring Creator/MelGibson, Creator/HeathLedger and Creator/JasonIsaacs, set during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. Creator/JasonIsaacs.

The movie isn't about the actual founding fathers (ie Washington) Founding Fathers, but is instead about some of the biggest and most brutal engagements that were waged in the southern Southern colonies, as seen through an [[CallToAgriculture Officer turned Farmer]] turned Officer again. Mel Gibson is Benjamin Martin, Martin (Gibson) is a [[OldShame veteran of the]] French And Indian War who was changed by the horrors he has seen (and committed). South Carolina had has just voted to join the war, but Ben said he would not. decides not to participate in the conflict. His eldest son Gabriel (Ledger) decides to go anyway. He anyway; he isn't seen again until two years later, when he staggers home, wounded and carrying dispatches between two rebel leaders.

This is where Colonel Tavington Lavington (Isaacs) comes in. The commander of the elite Green Dragoon forces, Tavington orders the deaths of the rebel wounded, has the Martins' house burned down, and takes Gabriel in as a spy to be hanged. Thomas, his next oldest son, tries to intervene, and gets a bullet in the back for his trouble. This sparks Benjamin Martin's decision to join the Revolution to fight the Redcoats (and to ambush and slaughter the British detachment).
2nd Feb '17 8:49:23 AM BenMitchell90
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* DaylightHorror: Many of the atrocities in the film take place during bright, sunny days (except [[spoiler: the church being burned]]). Perhaps the best example is the Battle of Camden, where the clear blue sky and fluffy clouds act as an eerie juxtaposition to the brutal, bloody violence taking place.



* DaylightHorror: Many of the atrocities in the film take place during bright, sunny days (except [[spoiler: the church being burned]]). Perhaps the best example is the Battle of Camden, where the clear blue sky and fluffy clouds act as an eerie juxtaposition to the brutal, bloody violence taking place.
2nd Feb '17 8:47:46 AM BenMitchell90
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* DaylightHorror: Many of the atrocities in the film take place during bright, sunny days (except [[spoiler: the church being burned]]). Perhaps the best example is the Battle of Camden, where the clear blue sky and fluffy clouds act as an eerie juxtaposition to the brutal, bloody violence taking place.
28th Jan '17 6:57:46 PM BenMitchell90
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* BloodKnight: Despite his comments that he finds war an "ugly business", it's clear that Tavington enjoys his work as a soldier ''way'' too much.



-->"You know, [[BlatantLies it's an ugly business doing one's duty]]... but [[WouldHurtAChild just occasionally]], it's a real pleasure."



* DeadpanSnarker: Tavington

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* DeadpanSnarker: TavingtonTavington is a very dark example.



* FauxAffablyEvil - Tavington.

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* FauxAffablyEvil - Tavington.FauxAffablyEvil: Tavington is usually quite polite, even as he's mocking a man about killing his son, or [[spoiler: informing a building full of civilians that they're about to be burned alive]].



* HeroKiller: Tavington ruthlessly kills a ''lot'' of sympathetic characters, most notably [[spoiler: Thomas, Gabriel, and Reverend Oliver]].

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* HeroKiller: Tavington ruthlessly kills a ''lot'' of sympathetic characters, most notably [[spoiler: Thomas, Gabriel, and Reverend Oliver]]. Oliver)]]. Not to mention [[spoiler: Anne, her parents, and pretty much everyone else burned alive by his orders]].


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* KnightOfCerebus: When Tavington and his dragoons show up, you just know things are about to get ugly.
26th Jan '17 10:40:54 PM BenMitchell90
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* AnAxeToGrind: Benjamin's weapon of choice is a Cherokee tomahawk.


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** Benjamin lapses and gives us a literal example (he's wielding a tomahawk) during his assault on the British detachment that took Gabriel. He brutally dispatches every redcoat that gets in his way with his tomahawk, and after taking down the last one standing, he savagely starts hacking away at the guy, driven into a blind, grief-filled rage. The sight of their father butchering a man while yelling and covered in blood understandably freaks out his two young sons (who he brought along to provide support fire).


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* WhiteShirtOfDeath: Benjamin wears a white shirt during his attack on the British detachment that took Gabriel. By the end of the battle, his shirt is ''soaked'' with blood. Very little, if any, of it is his.
26th Jan '17 10:26:46 PM BenMitchell90
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* HeroKiller: Tavington ruthlessly kills a ''lot'' of sympathetic characters, most notably [[spoiler: Thomas, Gabriel, and Reverend Oliver]].


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Captain Wilkins is clearly horrified after burning the church full of civilians. He was very reluctant to do so in the first place, but gave in, and as he watches it go up in flames, [[ThousandYardStare his face]] says it all.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Captain Wilkins just sort of disappears from the movie during the final battle, and we never find out what became of him.
27th Dec '16 7:17:40 AM AFP
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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.

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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. TruthInTelevision, as it happens.
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).
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