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The Patriot Details


Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the director/producer team responsible for such sci-fi blockbusters as Dean Devlin, Dean Devlin, and Dean Devlin, take a step back in time with this drama set during the American Revolution. Farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) was born and raised in South Carolina, and fought bravely during the French-Indian wars. But since the death of his wife, Benjamin has renounced violence and quietly tends his crops, raising his seven children alone. In 1776, over Benjamin's objections, his oldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins the fight against the British. Gabriel returns from battle seriously wounded, with Lord General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) calling for his arrest. A skirmish breaks out on Benjamin's plantation, and one of his children is killed as Gabriel is captured by Col. Tavington (Jason Isaacs) and sentenced to hang. Benjamin sets aside his vow of pacifism and rescues Gabriel; with the help of his former comrade-in-arms Harry Burwell (Chris Cooper), the father and son form a regiment of Carolina patriots whose cunning and ruthlessness make them heroes among the colonists -- and wanted men by British troops. Loosely adapted from the true story of Francis Marion and filmed on location in South Carolina, The Patriot was the first feature film made with the cooperation of the Smithsonian Institute, who advised the producers on historical accuracy. Joely Richardson also stars as Charlotte, Benjamin's sister-in-law who helps him care for the children. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 27, 2000


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lee Orloff Best Sound 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Score 2000 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Caleb Deschanel Best Cinematography 2000 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Caleb Deschanel Best Cinematography 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Greg P. Russell Best Sound 2000 Nominee


Mel Gibson
as Benjamin Martin
Heath Ledger
as Gabriel Martin
Joely Richardson
as Charlotte Selton
Jason Isaacs
as Colonel William Tavington
Chris Cooper
as Colonel Harry Burwell
Tchéky Karyo
as Major Jean Villeneuve
René Auberjonois
as Rev. Oliver
Lisa Brenner
as Anne Howard
Tom Wilkinson
as Charles Cornwallis
Donal Logue
as Dan Scott
Leon Rippy
as John Billings
Adam Baldwin
as Loyalist/Captain Wilkins
Gregory Smith
as Thomas Martin
Mika Boorem
as Margaret Martin
Skye McCole Bartusiak
as Susan Martin
Trevor Morgan
as Nathan Martin
Joey D. Vieira
as Peter Howard
Jay Arlen Jones
as Occam
Beatrice Bush
as Abigale
Shannon Eubanks
as Mrs. Simms
Beatrice Bush
as Abigale
Shannon Eubanks
as Mrs. Simms


Roland Emmerich
Mark Gordon
Gary Levinsohn
Dean Devlin
Robert Rodat
Caleb Deschanel
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
David Brenner
Peter Winther
Dionne McNeff
Associate Producer
Michael Dahan
Associate Producer
Ute Emmerich
Executive Producer
Roland Emmerich
Executive Producer
William Fay
Executive Producer
Deborah L. Scott
Costume Designer
Elizabeth Greenberg
Peter Winther
Second Unit Director