• Publication date: June 11, 2012

The Patriot

The Patriot

The Patriot

A father seeks retribution against a murderous British colonel during the American Revolution.

Mel Gibson portrays Benjamin Martin, a veteran of the French-Indian War who has settled in South Carolina with his two boys: Gabriel (Heath Ledger) and Thomas (Gregory Smith).  While their father has resolved to avoid war after witnessing its numerous atrocities, the two brothers are eager to join the fight against British colonial rule.


But when the wicked Colonel William Tavington (Jason Isaacs) burns Benjamin's plantation to the ground and murders Thomas, he is determined to seek revenge.  Martin joins other militiamen and is pivotal in orchestrating the guerilla tactics that eventually overwhelm Tavington's enormous army.  Victory is not without its sorrows, however.  


The Patriot was nominated for three Oscars and an MTV Movie Award.  The picture earned $215 million at theaters worldwide, doubling its $110 million budget.



  • Mel Gibson
  • Heath Ledger
  • Jason Isaacs
  • Joely Richardson
  • Chris Cooper

  • Tom Wilkinson


Directed by: Roland Emmerich