Re: The Patriot

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Posted by Champ on February 29, 2000 at 01:21:12:

In Reply to: Re: The Patriot posted by Brent on February 24, 2000 at 13:18:56:

: : : 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.
: Counting down the days to June 30th :^}
: Brent


I agree that it is "nice" to see Rev War films ("The Patriot" & A&E's "The Crossing") being made, even *if* both are historically flawed ("The Crossing": Washington's overlarge hat, the common "drunk" Hessians myth, & the Keystone Hessians during the battle, etc-etc) .

I'm a member of the Brigade of the Ame. Revolution (BAR) & many of our members from the Southern Dept. were military extras (Crown & Rebel)in "The Patriot" production.
One common theme I've heard on the BAR liste is (besides the noted uniform colour mistake) that those of us who reenact the Crown forces (in paticular the "Lobster Backs" ) had better take out life insurance & fix bayonets after the public see's this film. Seems that "we' are made out to look like the 18th century equivalent of the Waffen SS!! :-(
Oh well,I am looking forward to it, none the less, but I can say that none will replace LOTM as my favorite film! ;-)

Ihr ergebener Diener ~
2nd Platoon,
Von Prueschenk's Coy
Feldjaeger Corps

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