As you watch the Patriot you see many of the battles fought during the American revolution. You also see the uniforms they wore to battle, and the guns they used and how they were used. But what you didn’t see was the fact that the movie doesn’t relate to the American Revolution, in ways that I’m going to explain in the next paragraphs. It was different because of the weapons they used, the way the slaves were being treated in the movie compared to in the actual time, the way the battles were fought and where they were, and the transportation they used. In the movie there were scene’s in which they were in a battle fighting and the canon ball would come out of the canon and travel through the air at a fast speed hit the ground a blow up. The canon balls did not blow up back then, they simply hit the ground and took out whatever was in the way, because they were made from cast-iron.(The history place.www.historyplace.com) And it also showed them having good accuracy, the cannons only had one purpose taking out as many people as possible in one place, they did not focus on accuracy when they made the cannon. That is why they had multiple cannons set up behind the infantry men. The guns the used in the movie resembled, the ones they used in the American Revolution, but oviously they were replica’s. They showed them reloading in under 5 seconds, it took 15 seconds if not more to reload.
They had to put the gunpowder in, put the tiny ball in, pack it down, all this would take more then 5 seconds(Countryman 2002, 67). It also showed them making multiple shots out of the same gun without reloading. This was not possible because, during that time the guns weren’t spring loaded they were based on gun power, and a tiny ball. The Patriot Vs. The American Revolution In the movie the Patriot, It showed the homeowner Mel Gibson owning a bunch of slaves. It showed them plowing the fields, harvesting their crops, doing housework. It also showed the home owners treating the slaves like their family, in that time black people weren’t considered equal to the white man. So on a rare occasion this would happen. Back then slaves were treated so badly, if they were on a plantation they would most likely be served a small serving of food, and blanket for adults to sleep with. Most of the time the children were left with nothing to keep them warm so they had to put their feet in the coals of the fire to keep them warm(History wiz,www.historywiz.com) In the movie it showed them joined them eating with the family, and they probably had there own beds to sleep in. It also told us that if there were slaves fighting in the American Revolution for the patriot side, they were granted freedom after one year of service and were given 5 shillings for every month served(The Patriot,videocassette).
The Transportation in the movie was for the most part, was the same as in the American Revolution. Mostly in the American Revolution, only the officers got to ride the horses not the infantry men. And the men who rode the horse’s carried bayonets as well, not just swords. The militia men did have the horses from their farms, but in the movie it did not show where they got these horses from it only showed the main characters horses and where they got them from. They used ships to transport troops around, and they used them at battles sometimes, it did not show this during the movie, but they were used. The Patriot Vs. The American Revolution The battles of the movie weren’t in the location of the real battles. They used the same type of fighting technique where they would all line up in lines and one side would shoot first, then the other side would return fire(Lancaster,2001, 88). The British would mostly take POW, but in the movie the usually killed them all, except for the main militia group, when it came to them they took them as prisoner and were gonna hang them.
The battle of Bunker hill was barely spoken about, and they didn’t show it in the movie. They showed the battle at Yorktown where General Cornwallis made his surrender, and the war was one by the Patriots(History notes, In class). So in conclusion you can see how the movie differs from the actual American Revolution. Whether it be the battles, the way they got to the battles, the weapons they used, or how the slaves were treated, the American Revolution was much more then what that movie made it seem to be. They did not touch on any of the events leadin gup to the American Revolution, like the Boston Tea party, The Stamp act, The Quartering act. So basically The movie is not a movie to rent if your gonna try and watch it to pass your next American History test or exam.