Gabriel rides with Benjamin to check on Anne and find the town empty and the church destroyed. The Continentals leave Benjamin and continue to their next decisive battle at Cowpens. Ben Fenton, commenting in the , wrote: There is no evidence that Tarleton, called 'Bloody Ban' or 'The Butcher' in rebel pamphlets, ever broke the and certainly did not ever shoot a child in cold blood. While a massive drive in the south is growing for volunteers to join the Continental Army, Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, fearing for the safety of his family, publicly objects to the coming revolution. He is killed during an attack on the Green Dragoons' camp, while seeking revenge against Colonel Tavington for his wife's murder. The Patriot Movie Review The revolutionary war is one of the most pivotal moments in world history.
As Benjamin draws a pistol to the stranger, it is revealed to be Gabriel, en route to deliver dispatches. Afterward, Benjamin gives the militia a furlough. The movie is about the historical event: the American Revolutionary War. When he refuses to vote in favor of revolution, Gabriel Heath Ledger , his oldest son, joins the Continentals, against his wishes. It may very well be one of the most exciting and moving war-drama movies of all time.
After six years of fighting, General Cornwallis surrendered in Yorktown when his supplies were cut off by the French navy and he was surrounded by American troops. Taking only a few men with him, Gabriel rides after Tavington's men and catches them off guard as Tavington shaves in a creek. Gates, the hero of Saratoga, rashly led an army of exhausted, starving Continentals the regular army and raw militia into battle against an equal number of redcoats and Tory regulars at Camden, South Carolina on August 17. The vicious Tavington believes in war without limits and will kill any American, regardless of age, when it suits his purpose. Washington, Jefferson, and numerous other Founders acknowledged that slavery was incompatible with this principle and it still required a terrible Civil War to abolish the contradiction between principle and practice.
Lastly, the movie has a scene where a young woman stands up in church to chastise the men for not supporting the cause for freedom. Time Period: The time period this movie takes place in is 1776. Until then the British would have called them Mastiffs English or German , English Dogges, or perhaps even Boarhounds. During a 1775 town hall meeting. Benjamin Martin, one of the main figures, is based on four real American Revolutionary heroes being: Andrew Pickens, Francis Marion, Daniel Morgan, and Thomas Sumter.
While it is true that a few slaves did win their freedom through military service during the revolution, many of the delegates to the Continental Congress were slaveowners, and they had ensured that the Declaration of Independence did not include the 400,000 slaves in the colonies. The battles that were shown in the movie were actual battles of the American Revolution. Among the enlistees is John Billings , an old friend of Ben's whose young son shares his contempt for 'redcoats'. Impatient, Thomas runs forward and tries to free Gabriel but is ruthlessly shot by Tavington. Anne and her family return to their hometown after the wedding while Gabriel moves on with his father and the rest of the militia. You also see the uniforms they wore to battle, and the guns they used and how they were used. Surely there would hold been more than one local individual among the British military personnels.
Archived from on March 19, 2009. Benjamin and Gabriel barely escape into the forest as the rest of the surviving militia are either killed or captured upon surrender. After the conflict ends, Benjamin returns with his family and discovers his militia men rebuilding his homestead in their new nation. Benjamin Martin, the leader of the rebels, identifies the pride of the British as their weakness. Burwell appears behind him and tells him that Gabriel is gone. No oppressed people will fight, and endure, as our fathers did, without the promise of something better, than a mere change of masters. General Cornwallis sounds the retreat of his forces and the rebels celebrate.
The film mainly takes place in York County, South Carolina. No not all that accurate. The soldiers were trapped inside a small road while Martin and his sons hid in the tree lines. But there was doubt about their manly spirit in the North as well. But many of the inaccuracies are major.
What happened during the Battle of The Waxhaws, known to the Americans as the Buford Massacre or as the Waxhaw massacre, is the subject of debate. Slow motion photography in fighting sequences is just dated and cheap looking at this point. However, it would be called a documentary, which most people get fed up of. They also had the advantage of having high ground and looking down on the enemy which was tremendously helpful when it came to targeting and shooting the soldiers. The director made numerous changes to details regarding the war to make the movie more enjoyable to watch. Though Benjamin refuses to let him join, he relents that Thomas may enlist when he's seventeen in two years. Mel Gibson chose to take up this pivotal section of history and adapt it for the big screen.
He then gives rifles to his older sons, Nathan and Samuel , and tells them to come with him. Benjamin mourns and wavers in his commitment to continue battling, but is resolved when reminded of his son's dedication to the cause by finding an American flag he repaired personally. In some of the scenes. Rated R - For violence. These elements are historical accuracy in a personal story, and a sense of hope. Filled with rage and bent on revenge, Gabriel takes a knife and leans over Tavington's body. They leave the children with Charlotte and later witness a battle in an open field behind the home of fleeing colonists.
In addition, he does not want to reveal to his family of what he is capable of in violence. In all, it's an enjoyable movie providing you don't know your history and your not English. It was when Benjamins 2nd oldest son was shot by one of the British cruel leaders. Martin, who is a widower with six children and a veteran of the French and Indian War, wants nothing to do with the war until a brutal British Colonel, William Tavington, kills one of his sons and takes his eldest son, a member of the Continental Army, prisoner. I believe that they can, and they should.