research paper on Historical Accuracy/Inaccuracy and Its Significance to the Film “The Patriot”
This is a 6 page paper discussing the historical accuracy of the film “The Patriot” and the reasons for any inaccuracies in the film. The release of director Roland Emmerich’s 2000 movie “The Patriot” starring Mel Gibson caused a considerable amount of controversy in regards to its historical accuracy, or more so inaccuracies. In reality, the story and its characters are fiction, except for General Cornwallis, but the story itself is placed within the historical timeframe of the American Revolution which provides a powerful setting for its characters and their causes and does a good job of promoting American propaganda and providing American audiences with a large extravagant and dramatic movie. There are several areas which are shown not to be historically accurate however and which for all accounts are admitted by Gibson and Emmerich as actually being “juiced up” for dramatic effect (May, 2003). Several areas of contention are those which include the brutality of the British regulars, the scope of the conflict, the degree to which America was unified during that time, the inaccurate portrayal of the slaves, and the military scenes along with many other aspects.
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