The Patriot (2000 film)

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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 Martin[edit]

  • 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?
  • Lord, make me fast and accurate. [ just before opening fire on British troops]
  • Aim small, miss small.
  • My hope and prayer is that the sacrifices borne by so many will spawn and fulfill the promise of our new nation.

Gabriel Martin[edit]

  • But I considerate myself fortunate to be serving the cause of Liberty. And though I fear death, each day in prayer I reaffirm my willingness, if necessary, to give my life in its service. Pray for me, but above all, pray for the cause. (from a letter written to his brother Thomas)

Anne Howard[edit]

Half the men in this church, including you, father... and you reverend, are as ardent patriots as I. Will you now, when you are needed most, stop at only words?. Is that the sort of men you are?. I ask only that you act upon the beliefs of which you have so strongly spoken, and in which you so strongly believe. [after men were asked to join the militia, but no one initially seemed to be interested]

Colonel Harry Burwell[edit]

  • This is not a war for the independence of one or two colonies, but for the independence of one nation.
  • Wars are not fought only by childless men.

Colonel William Tavington[edit]

  • 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!

Benjamin Martin: When you have a family of your own, perhaps you'll understand.
Gabriel Martin: When I have a family of my own, I won't hide behind them.

Charlotte: You have done nothing for which you should be ashamed.
Benjamin Martin: I have done nothing. And for that I am ashamed.

Benjamin Martin: In the future, full quarter will be given to British wounded and any who surrender.
Major Jean Villeneuve: The British men of war gave no such quarter when they fired on a ship carrying my wife and daughters. I watched from 200 yards off as they were burned alive.
Benjamin Martin: You have my sympathy, but my order stands.
Major Jean Villeneuve: Damn your sympathy!. Who are you to give such an order?. I know what you and your men did to my countrymen at Fort Wilderness.
Benjamin Martin: We are militia. This is not regular army. Every man here is free to come and go as he pleases, but while you are here, you will obey my command or I will have you shot.

Gabriel Martin: If we win this war, a lot of things will change.
Soldier Occam: What will change?
Gabriel Martin: They call this the New World. It's not. It's the same as the old. But we have the chance to build a new world. A world where all men are created equal under God.
Soldier Occam: Equal...sounds good.

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) 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?
Benjamin Martin: Soon.

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.

Benjamin Martin: May I sit with you?
Charlotte: It's a free country. Or at least it will be.

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.


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