Re: The Patriot

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Posted by Elaine on February 24, 2000 at 14:55:57:

In Reply to: Re: The Patriot posted by Joe Hinson on February 24, 2000 at 14:09:29:

: : : : Those of you that have seen the trailer,
: : : : Did anyone notice that the antagonist character named "Tavington", who is a Loyalist cammander, wears a RED uniform. From what I've read and heard about the film, the character "Tavington" is supposed to represent the historical figure Banastre Tarlton. Tarlton wore a GREEN uniform, not RED, as did almost all Loyalist regiments in the British Army. I've also heard about other inaccuracies in the film. I guess this is just another case of ignorant "Hollywood" film-makers that don't give a rip about history. But why make a "period" film about a historical event if you don't care about history!??? I guess I'll never understand.
: : : : Brent

: : : Brent.. the Wardrobe maker for the film was the one who won the Oscar for "Titanic".. She made the uniform, thought it was striking and it was a one liked it..but it was hard to dispute a new Gold Statue winner.The British Artillery was wearing Redcoats also.. even tho in real life they wore blue.. this was explained as when they were showing counter battery fire between Continental and British Arty that they didn't want to confuse the movie going pubic because it would look like the same uniforms.. Hard to call them the "Green Dragoons" when they only had green facings..I wouldn't call them ignorant .. just taking artistic privledge.. And yes .. there were many historical inaccuracies.. I'll write them up some time for ya when I have a week or two..But to quote Micheal Mann.."I'm making a movie.. not a documentary"...That was the mind set..
: : : Joe Hinson

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: : Joe,
: : Thanks for the "behind the scenes" info. I am glad a Rev. War film is finally being made, and I'm looking forward to seeing it; but I think it would be much more enjoyable if it were more accurate. One of things that I really noticed and enjoyed seeing, were the accurate uniforms and arms in the films Thin Red Line, and Saving Private Ryan. These are two good examples of films where they got it right. And thats what made them so enjoyable for me. In my humble opinion The Thin Red Line is one of , if not the best war film ever made.
: : Counting down the days to June 30th :^}
: : Brent

: Brent,
: Hate to disagree with ya on sucha short aquaintanceship .. but I didn't like TRL at all.. Guadalcanal was nothing like what they showed in that film.. Tho the uniforms and gear were accurate, more so than Saving Pvt.Ryan, the film was to Me, one of those artsyfarsty hollywood dramas..Watching raindrops slowly run down a leaf for over a minute is not My idea of a war movie..The portrayal of the Japanese surrendering like that should have brought protests from them.. At the time they were dying proudly for their Emperor, either by their own hand or in mass Banzi charges.. not sitting down praying and begging for their lives..
: But like I said.. My opinion..The Patriot will be an exciting movie.. and should stir a lot of interest in History and the Rev War.. it is not very accurate in it's history portrayals tho..I'll not even get into the battles that were filmed and how distorted they .. I hope I haven't angered you too much..I know how I hate when some one tells Me that John Wayne sucked..Any questions I'll be happy to answer.
: Joe

All I'll add to this is how GOOD it is to read your posts again, Joe ....

"Artsyfartsy Hollywood drama" indeed .... :)

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