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12 Little Known Facts About ‘The Patriot’

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2000’s The Patriot is about as patriotic a movie as they come. Telling the story of Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson), a South Carolina landowner and militia leader during the Revolutionary War, it mixes reality and fiction to bring us one of the more exciting movies recounting this period in time. And naturally, each time you watch it, your love of America might just swell a bit moew.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen this movie more times than you can count (or care to say), but there’s still something about it that brings you back time and time again.

From the enchanting settings to the detailed costumes and inspiring story of how normal citizens banded together to make such a difference in a war against the greatest army in the world, The Patriot is always a great choice to watch, especially around the 4th of July.

But how much do you know about the movie, really? Keep reading to learn some wild facts about The Patriot!

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“Aim small, miss small” wasn’t in the original script!


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Mel Gibson was paid a whopping $25 million to do The Patriot, which affected the film’s budget so much that they weren’t able to hire other big actors for the production. Originally, they wanted Kevin Spacey to play Colonel Tavington, but there wasn’t enough money left after hiring Mel. The role would later go to Jason Isaacs.

Fire the Church

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The dramatic scene in which the citizens of Pembroke are locked in the church and burned alive was based off an actual historical event, but not from the Revolutionary War.

A similar act happened in Limoges, France during WWII. German soldiers locked 452 women and children in a church, through smoke grenades through the window, set the church on fire, and then raked the place with machine guns. There was only one survivor.