The Patriot (2000 film)

A 2000 film starring Mel Gibson, depicting an American who enters the American Revolutionary War when his sons are threatened. Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Robert Rodat.

Benjamin MartinEdit

  • I have long feared...that my sins would return to visit me. And the cost is more than I can bear.
  • Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard, why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away?
  • Aim small, miss small.

Colonel William TavingtonEdit

  • Would you like a lesson, sir, in the rules of war? Or perhaps your children would?
  • You know, it's an ugly business doing one's duty... but just occasionally it's a real pleasure.
  • You! (towards Benjamin Martin) You're the ghost, are you? I remember you, on that farm with that stupid little boy! Did he die? Hm?


Susan Martin: Papa! Papa, don't, I'll say anything! Please, papa, I'll say anything you want, tell me what you want me to say and I'll say it... Papa please don't go!
Lord General Cornwallis: Colonel Tavington, why, after six weeks, am I still here at Middleton place attending a ball in South Carolina while I should be attending balls in NORTH CAROLINA?
Reverend Oliver: A shepherd must tend his flock. And at times... fight off the wolves.


Gabriel Martin: I'm not a child!
Benjamin Martin: You're my child!

Lord General Cornwallis: Their names and ranks?
Benjamin Martin: They refuse to give me their names, but the ranks are nine lieutenants, five captains, three majors, and one very fat colonel who called me a "cheeky fellow."

Lord General Cornwallis: You know this is not the conduct of a gentleman.
Benjamin Martin: If the conduct of your officers is the measure of a gentleman, I'll take that as a compliment. (pauses) I get my men!
Lord General Cornwallis: Arrange the exchange (to General O'Hara)

Benjamin Martin: Before this war is over, I'm going to kill you.
Colonel William Tavington: Why wait?

Gabriel Martin: I've come to call on Anne.
[Anne's father puts an ear piece in his ear to hear. Gabriel leans in and tries again louder]
Gabriel Martin: I've come to call on Anne.
Peter Howard: Well of course you call yourself a man!
Anne Howard Martin: Father stop it! You heard him!
Peter Howard: Well, call on her!

Mrs. Howard: Don't worry dear, I stitched the bag better than my mother did.
Peter Howard: (hearing laughter and looking worried) I hope so.

Colonel William Tavington: I wish to know his whereabouts. So, anyone who comes forward may be forgiven their treason. [silence] Very well, you had your chance.
Hardwick: Wait! [Hardwick tells Tavington the location of the militia]
Colonel William Tavington: Thank you very much. Shut the doors!
Hardwick: But you said... we'd be forgiven!
Colonel William Tavington: And indeed you may! But that's between you and God.

Col. Harry Burwell: [referring to Gabriel, who was just killed by Tavington] I'll help you bury him.
Benjamin Martin: I'll bury him.
Col. Harry Burwell: My wife Alexandria is with child, my first. I fight for that child... Benjamin nothing will replace your sons, but if you come with us you can justify their sacrifice.
Benjamin Martin: Why?... Why do men feel they can justify death? Is it arrogance or... [voice trails off] I have long feared, that my sins would return to visit me. And the cost is more than I can bear.
Col. Harry Burwell: Benjamin, we have a chance. Green and Dan Morgen are down from Virginia. If we win this next battle victory in the war is within our grasp.
Benjamin Martin: Go then, seek your victory. I'm a small issue to it.
Col. Harry Burwell: You're wrong Benjamin, you matter to your men, and to others as well. Your victories and... and your losses, are shared by more than you know. Stay with us. Stay the course!
Benjamin Martin: I have run my course.

[Tavington has Benjamin wounded and on his knees]
Colonel William Tavington: Kill me before the war is over, will you? It appears you are not the better man.
[he swings his sword, but Benjamin dodges it, grabs a rifle and impales him with its bayonet]
Benjamin Martin: You're right. My sons were better men.
[he takes a loose bayonet and stabs Tavington in the throat]


  • What would you do if they destroyed your home, threatened your family. Where would you draw the line?
  • Before they were soldiers, they were family. Before they were legends, they were heros. Before there was a nation, there was a fight for freedom.
  • Some things are worth fighting for.


  • Mel Gibson - Benjamin Martin
  • Heath Ledger - Gabriel Martin
  • Joely Richardson - Charlotte Selton
  • Jason Isaacs - Col. William Tavington
  • Chris Cooper - Col. Harry Burwell
  • Tchéky Karyo - Major Jean Villeneuve
  • René Auberjonois - Reverend Oliver
  • Lisa Brenner - Anne Howard Martin
  • Tom Wilkinson - Lieutenant General Charles, Lord Cornwallis

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