Re: My Brief "The Patriot" Review

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Posted by Bill R on July 01, 2000 at 09:00:13:

In Reply to: My Brief posted by Rich on July 01, 2000 at 06:46:48:

.: 3 - The British return to this church later on, lure everyone in it, lock the doors, & burn the place down. I'm sorry, this is TOO unbelievable. Yes, the British comitted atrocities. Yes, Tarleton (Tavington in the film) was brutal ... but this? I

I suspect the "barn burning" thing came from one of two sources:
either the director/producer fell back on Braveheart and paraphrased the scenes of the Scottish clan leaders hung in the
barn by Edward Longshanks or,

Someone took one of WW II's attrocities and attributed it to the English. There is documentation that the Wehrmacht in their drive east through Poland and more particularly Russia herded folks into barns and set the barn on fire - though I believe it was the Waffen SS who did that. The normal Wehrmacht officers were appalled at the things done by the SS.

Does sort of sound like a combo of Braveheart and Lethal Musket though. Good nicknaming there whoever did it. It will forever be called "Lethal Musket" by me from now on. Gonna try to see it tomorrow. I havent heard anything so far that would lead me to believe it is even a POOR paraphrase of LOTM though. Amazing how good, stirring music can help a film. Not that good music would have saved THIS film from what I am hearing.

As to Tarleton. Everything I have read would indicate he was pretty ruthless and without conscience. I always sort of link him with the likes of Quantrill and the Kansas individual using the guise of war to feed his darker side.

Bill R

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