The Patriot

The Patriot (2000)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Mel Gibson and his son return to the town where the British had burned down the church, Mel stands at the front porch of a house. At that house there is a clear shot of a light bulb lit up on the porch by the front door.

Correction: Actually, it's the glare of the sun off of the glass surrounding the part where the candle is. You can tell that this is true because when the camera changes angle, the reflection of the sun changes.

Corrected entry: When Gabriel comes to the house with his bloody chest wound, he lays down and they rip off his shirt to reveal the wound. On the far shot there is blood surrounding it, but when they come back to the near shot, the blood is gone.

Correction: You can hear Mel with the water, it's obvious that he wiped the blood off.

Corrected entry: The Union Jack flag is shown for the English side, but it was not adopted until 1801, long after the war ended.

Correction: The Union Jack shown in the movie is historically accurate, a combination between the flag of England and the flag of Scotland, it was adopted in 1606 by the navy and 1707 by the land forces. The 1801 version, which adds the flag of Ireland, is a different version currently used but not in the movie.


Corrected entry: At the scene where the surrendering redcoats are killed, after one kneeling is shot in the head, look to the left and a little farther in the background of this action. You can see an actor who is supposed to be stabbing a redcoat on the ground, but it actually looks like he's spanking him to death.

Correction: How do you know he was supposed to be stabbing him to death? We see the patriots using the butts of their guns to kill red coats throughout the movie. This particular one could be doing the same.

Corrected entry: In the last battle, Col. Tavington is racing towards Benjamin Martin (flag in hand) on his horse. Martin then kneels and stabs Tavington's horse, sending the horse flying. Freeze frame here, you can clearly see that the horse is on a track; the mechanics are visible on the bottom right of the screen. (The filmming crew used a fake horse for this, as mentioned in the special effects featurette on the DVD version).

Correction: Per the rules of this site, if you have to pause or freeze-frame to see it, it's not a movie mistake.

Corrected entry: After Tavington is down by the creek shaving, he comes back up the hill and gets on his horse. He is supposed to be sticking something in his chest pocket, but you can clearly see it miss and fall to the ground.

Correction: That's his straight razor he loses. And people can actually do this in real life, especially with the stress of being under attack and unarmed.


Corrected entry: In the beginning when all the children are rushing to Gibson in the woodhouse because of the postal worker delivering the mail, one boy loses his hat (this is very obvious), and it reappears in the next shot of him running.

Correction: That is not true - it never gets back on his head, but his brother picks it up which spawns the mistake that his brother doesn't bring it in the house with him.

Corrected entry: In one scene while Benjamin and his friends are standing and talking, you can see above them a large microphone.

Joe Campbell

Correction: In order for this to be a valid mistake, the specific scene or time stamp in the movie would have to be listed.

Factual error: When Benjamin is handing a store clerk some money, he is giving him a $5 bill with Abraham Lincoln on it. This happened more than 80 years before he was president. And they didn't even use dollars during the Revolutionary war. They would have used British pounds in coin form, not paper money.

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Suggested correction: Actually, the Continental Army DID start using paper currency during the war.

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Benjamin Martin: He cannot be held as a spy.
Colonel William Tavington: Oh, we're not going to hold him. We're going to hang him.

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Trivia: The character Benjamin Martin was based very strongly on the real life militia leader Gen. Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox". In the original drafts of the script even the character's name was to be Francis Marion. However, during filming certain historical sources revealed that Francis Marion was perhaps a very dubious character who was accused of hunting Native Americans for sport and raping his female slaves. Historical debate rages over the veracity of these accusations; but Sony Pictures changed the name of the character to Benjamin Martin to avoid any potential controversy around the film.

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Question: Whats the name of the theme when the trailer shows the tagline 'before they were soldiers, they were family'?

Answer: I think the one you want is 'Unseen' - By Craig Armstrong which is track 2 on the Plunkett and Macleane soundtrack.

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