The Patriot script
The Patriot (2000)
Synopsis: Mel Gibson portrays Benjamin Martin, an unassuming man who is forced to join the American Revolution when the British threaten to take his farm away from him. Together with his patriotic son, Gabriel, the pair faces the vicious Redcoats with a heroism that reflects the stubborn pride of a young country's most dedicated supporters.

MARION:

Your children.

He heads down the hill toward the house, now glowing from

the lights of candles and oil lamps.

INT. MARION'S HOUSE - EVENING

Pre-dinner chaos. Everyone talking at once. Marion's

seven children and his two family servants, ABIGAIL and

AARON, a middle-aged black couple, prepare dinner. Susan

silently watches from the stairs. Marion walks in.

MARION:

I smell turnips...

WILLIAM:

Father, Samuel broke the blue

plate...

SAMUEL:

I did not...

MARGARET:

Dinner...

Marion hands the apples to Abigail and steps over to open

his mail and dispatches.

GABRIEL:

News of Boston, father?

NATHAN:

I hate turnips...

SAMUEL:

William knocked it right out of my

hands...

GABRIEL:

Father...?

MARION:

Samuel, William, both of you clean

it up...

Marion hands a packet of pamphlets to Gabriel and opens a

letter.

MARION:

The Assembly has been reconvened,

I've been called to...

Marion's children go wild.

MARGARET:

Charleston!

NATHAN:

We're going to Charleston!

SAMUEL:

When, father, when?

MARION:

We'll leave tomorrow...

The children ERUPT INTO CHEERS and THUNDER into the dining

room.

THE CHILDREN:

Charleston! We're going to

Charleston!

Marion and Gabriel exchange a stone-faced look. Then

Marion puts on a smile and inhales deeply.

MARION:

I love turnips...

Marion follows his children into the dining room.

EXT. MARION'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Quiet. The only sounds are the soft calls of a few

NIGHTBIRDS and the DRONE OF CICADAS. A faint light moves

through the downstairs, passing windows in the otherwise

dark house.

INT. MARION'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Marion, holding a candle, does a father's bedtime check.

The CAMERA FOLLOWS him as he makes his rounds into:

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Robert Rodat

Robert Rodat (born Keene, New Hampshire, 1953) is an American film and television writer and television producer. more…

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