Essay on Movie Review of The Patriot

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Movie Review of The Patriot

I. Title- The Patriot
Production Date- June 28th 2000
Major Characters- Benjamin Martin: Mel Gibson Gabriel Martin: Heath Ledger
Charlotte Selton: Joely Richardson
Johnny Issacs: William Tavington
Lisa Brenner: Anne Howard
Charles Cornwallis: Tom Wilkinson

II. Movie Summary: “The Patriot” takes place during the Revolutionary War. It’s 1776 and intense fighting is going on in the north, while in the south the people are scrambling to recruit anyone who was willing to fight against the British. The main character, Benjamin Martin, is a veteran of the French and Indian war who wants independence from Britain, but is not willing to risk the safety of his already motherless children by going
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III. As a result of the harsh treatment and strict regulations put on the colonists by the British such as the Boston Massacre, the Tea Act, Stamp Act, and other taxes, the colonists were ready for a change. They are tired of being controlled by a government on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, and are ready to start fighting for their freedom. The colonists form many rebellious groups such as the Sons of Liberty, to protest and rebel against the British involvement in their country. They hold meetings and help carry out acts against the British such as the Boston Tea Party. When the British don’t change their ways it is time for war. The fighting starts at Lexington and Concord in the spring of 1775 with the first shots being fired. People all over wanted to help in the war effort by joining the army and forming small militia groups to fight the British. Benjamin Martin’s army was one of these groups. The British won many battles but the colonists stayed strong. The colonists were fighting for something they truly believed in, and this gave them an advantage and a reason to stay motivated. “The Patriot” shows the adversity that they had to fight through to gain freedom, but victories for the colonists like Saratoga kept them confident. All of the struggle paid off when the Continental Army, the militia, and the French all join forces to corner the British at Yorktown and force them to surrender. America had won the war and their

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