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The Patriot
(2000)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Violin Solos by:
Mark O'Connor

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
Conrad Pope
Mark McKenzie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(June 27th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if John Williams' consistent style of respectful writing for historic Americana settings never loses its grace and heroic appeal for you.

Avoid it... if the predictable stature and style of Williams' music in the genre cannot alone compensate for the rare occasion when the composer reaches back for significant inspiration from his (and others') previous works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #160
WRITTEN 6/30/00, REVISED 6/22/08
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The Patriot: (John Williams) Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin loved making monumental disaster films in the 1990's, but they surely didn't intend for their first attempt at a serious, historic topic to be a monumental disaster of a film itself. That was, unfortunately, the fate of The Patriot, an extremely graphically gory depiction of one South Carolina family's fight against the British during the Revolutionary War. For lead actor Mel Gibson, there is no doubt that Braveheart was a template, but unlike the vastly superior earlier film, The Patriot was doomed by an unforgivably trite and poorly paced script. It's difficult to think that a film about such a valiant struggle could be made so insufferably boring, but that's exactly what happened. The production itself was met with criticism before it was even finished, with protests from anti-gun lobbies and groups of historians, both of whom had complaints about the film's depictions. Also discontent were fans of composer David Arnold, who had been the collaborator of Emmerich and Devlin for their blockbuster films Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla. The director and producer decided that Arnold's demo for The Patriot did not exude the right feel for the story and, as quickly as that, the popular collaboration came to a lasting conclusion. By luck, the venerable John Williams just happened to be available for the necessary window of time during the post-production of The Patriot, and so for a bit more of a cost (though Arnold commands some hefty fees of his own), Williams was brought on board to provide the film a sure bet of a score. The maestro had successfully tackled several films of historical significance in the American setting, with his work for Amistad and Angela's Ashes both receiving recent Academy Award nominations. The score for The Patriot would net Williams yet another nomination, though that fact remains more likely due to the reality that it was the composer's only score of 2000 and the Academy, which by then always nominated the composer during each year of his productivity, had nothing else from him to choose.

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FVSR Reviews The Patriot
Brendan Cochran - November 17, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
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Gabriel's Letter Music
Chris Green - July 13, 2010, at 12:09 a.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - April 12, 2007, at 6:18 p.m.
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Extended Cut advert music?
Paul_Basar - January 8, 2007, at 4:10 p.m.
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A colourful and enjoyable score
Sheridan - August 18, 2006, at 3:05 p.m.
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Williams vs. Arnold
Thom - July 20, 2006, at 2:02 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 72:38
• 1. The Patriot (6:39)
• 2. The Family Farm (3:04)
• 3. To Charleston (2:15)
• 4. The Colonial Cause (3:15)
• 5. Redcoats at the Farm and The Death of Thomas (4:59)
• 6. Ann Recruits the Parishoners (3:09)
• 7. Preparing for Battle (5:50)
• 8. Ann and Gabriel (4:35)
• 9. The First Ambush and Remembering the Wilderness (4:00)
• 10. Tavington's Trap (4:10)
• 11. The Burning of the Plantation (4:55)
• 12. Facing the British Lines (3:05)
• 13. The Parish Church Aflame (3:03)
• 14. Susan Speaks (3:17)
• 15. Martin vs. Tavington (3:06)
• 16. Yorktown and the Return Home (5:20)
• 17. The Patriot (reprise) (7:50)

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