The Shot Heard Around the World
APRIL 19, 1775
'PATRIOT' SCENE STUNS AUDIENCE; PRODUCER, GIBSON DEFEND CHILDREN SHOOTING
GUNS IN FILM (Source: Drudge Report 6-11-2000)
A screening of SONY's PATRIOT in Los Angeles on Thursday night left the audience
jumping about scenes in the Revolutionary War film that depict young children
carrying guns -- and using them!
The controversial scene begins when Gibson's character reaches into a chest and
gives his sons smooth bore muskets.
"They go into the woods and ambush Redcoats, killing around 15 men. One son
is around 13 years old, the other is 10," says an insider.
A loud "gasp" was heard in the screening room as the camera zoomed in
for a closeup of the kids. Shots are fired. Blood splatters on Redcoats.
Mel Gibson defended the scene over the weekend, declaring that he would let his
own kids take up weapons in self-defense. Gibson says he's taken his children to
In the movie, Gibson goes to war only after one of his sons is killed.
Screenwriter Robert Rodat attempts to portray the complexities of war, as he did
with SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
"This war will be fought not on the frontier nor on distant battlefields,
but among our homes. Our children will learn of it from their own eyes..."
says Mel Gibson's Benjamin Martin in PATRIOT [opening last week in June].
The movie's theme -- take arms up against those who would take your arms -- is
bound to stir the national debate over gun control.
Producer/Director Roland Emmerich conceded that the film may become a rallying
call for pro-gun advocates and militias.
"Rosie O'Donnell and Hillary Clinton may want to spend the holiday checking
out PERFECT STORM," laughed a viewer after the screening.
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