Re: The Patriot....Again????

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Posted by Sgt Toot on July 06, 2000 at 04:38:22:

In Reply to: The Patriot....Again???? posted by Dr. Uncle Mark on July 05, 2000 at 18:45:12:

: Oh, my....I wasn't going to do this....But, come on Sgt. Toot, I know you and the importance you give to authenticity!

: Well, I consulted with the spirits of Many Flags and Cpl. MacWilliam on the importance of authenticity. Their spirits were with me when I took the two lads and lasses to see the Patriot flick and after reading the postings, we put our heads together for a few more thoughts.

: I, too, grew up with Johnny Tremain (do you remember the song they sang about the Liberty Tree, it was great...when I was 10), Davey Crocket, Dan'l Boone, and all the rest. But, we have learned much since the 60s, especially about clothing, speech, 18th century culture, etc. My daughter Katie, 17 years old, said it best. "It wouldn't have taken any more money or effort to have made the clothing correct in the movie." Sure, most people won't notice, but why not strive for authenticity, just for those few people (other than reeanctors) who may come away from the film and say...."Oh, so they wore their hair up and under bonnets or hats, huh? Interesting!" Also, it would have taken nothing at all to have written the script to reflect Daniel Morgan's strategy and boosting the spirits of the lads the night before the last battle (Cowpens??), instead of fictional B. Martin. The scriptwriters threw in Cornwallis, why not a real American hero like Morgan who could have appeared in that scene...That is patriotic pride...knowing about a real person (Morgan) who beat Tarleton at his own game instead of giving credit to a fictional character.

: OK, I know, I could ramble on and on...AND, I do agree that the flick serves the purpose of boosting our pride in America and realizing the sufferings of our forefathers, but why not do it with some facts so as to educate the public. One final note...anyone see the latest edition of "Muzzleloader" magazine. Story by Mark Baker (do you know him...I shook the man's hand once) about his training of MG for the flick.... "Aim small, miss small" is discussed ...actually added to the film because of Frank House (who made the rifle in Patriot)....Anyway, an interesting article...but, then again, it's Baker, and I can run hot and cold on him.

: OK, I've gone on enough....been prodded by the Corporal and Flags to make some of these comments....hoo, hoo...bring out the ten pounders and let the barrage begin!!

: Pax Aye! (Cpl. MacWm. says...God Save the King!)

: Dr. Uncle Mark

My Dearest Uncle Mark,
Sir, I agree with you in your thoughts about authenticity,
however how often do period movies come out? Not often. I believe it is going to be our task when people come from the movie theater with questions to be the responders to their questions. Questions they probably wouldn't have asked if the movie hadn't come out. Then let us strive to give the best answers to them that we can to do justice to all our fore fathers.
God Bless You
Sgt. Toot

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