Mel Gibson stars in this action-packed historical drama from the director of INDEPENDENCE DAY and GODZILLA. Gibson portrays Benjamin Martin, an unassuming South Carolina widower who is forced to join the American Revolution when the British threaten to take his farm away from him. Together with his patriotic son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), the pair faces the vicious Redcoats with a heroism that reflects the stubborn pride of a young country's most dedicated supporters. THE PATRIOT is a sweeping epic adventure that sheds light on America's past, and at the same time entertains audiences.
Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producer: Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Dean Devlin
"...THE PATRIOT has 'hit' written all over it..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (06/08/2000)
"...Gibson shows an on-screen comfort and expansiveness he has not revealed before..."
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell (06/28/2000)
"...Viscerally historical....THE PATRIOT makes a big bang..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
USA Today - Susan Wloszczyna (06/28/2000)
"...Spectacular battle scenes..."
Sight and Sound - Philip Strick (09/01/2000)
"...Who can deny a movie that features enough bloody fights, burning houses, and grandiloquent speeches to fill three sequels to GONE WITH THE WIND?..." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental
Premiere - Christopher Kelly (12/01/2000)
"...THE PATRIOT deserves a salute as the first Hollywood epic about the American Revolution to successfully blend ferocity and feeling..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (07/06/2000)
"...THE PATRIOT has a good sense of spectacle and is quite successful at re-creating a period that has not been brought to the screen with much success recently..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (06/28/2000)
"...With some beautiful cinematography and a few strong doses of musket-blasting action..."
Total Film - Dan Jolin (04/01/2001)
"...It is rousing and entertaining, and you get your money's worth....Gibson gives a powerful and effective performance..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (06/28/2000)