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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Mel Gibson
Heath Ledger
Joely Richardson
Jason Isaacs
Tom Wilkinson
Directors
Roland Emmerich
Screenwriters
Robert Rodat
Running Time
164 minutes

The Patriot
Devlin and Emmerich go some way towards restoring their reputation and confounding their critics with this Mel Gibson-fuelled, stirring epic


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Plot
Benjamin Martin is an ex-soldier and a family man at the start of the American Revolution who is haunted by his past military experiences and doesn't want anything to do with the conflict. When his son is arrested and condemned to hang is forced to get involved... and thus, a hero is formed...


Verdict
Mel Gibson on fine heroic form although this is full historically inaccurate period battles and a fair amount of flag-waving


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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