Woodlands. Beautiful. Untamed. Soaring old-growth elms
curving, deep-water Santee River.
covering the high ground.
alfalfa and tobacco. Two sturdy brothers, NATHAN, 13 and
SAMUEL, 12, work one of the fields, rhythmically swinging
scythes through the barley.
well-maintained. There's a barn, a workshop and a forge.
brother, WILLIAM, 6, watches.
INT. WORKSHOP - DAY
every conceivable tool of the period. A foot-powered
planes, hammers, augers, drills, blocks, all hanging in
their places. All very well-worn.
razor-sharp chisel. He's in his late-forties, strong and
chisel with a surgeon's precision. Self-educated and
which Marion is working, sits on the work table. The
chair is a work of art, thin and light, a spider-web of
perfectly turned wood, no nails, no glue.
Sitting on the woodpile, SUSAN, 4, a silent, stone-face
wisp of a child, watches her father.
fits it into the chair, inserts a peg and taps it into
countering with a three-pound weight. The chair floats.
Not a creak. He smiles and sits back with a sigh.
HIM on his ass on a pile of broken wood.
He calms himself.
EXT. WORKSHOP - DUSK
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.
Actors: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs
Production: Columbia Pictures
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 18 nominations.
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