In 1776 South Carolina, widower Benjamin Martin (Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family being torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. When his oldest son's wife is ruthlessly killed, and his young son is shot through the back before his eyes, Martin is unable to suppress the soldier within that he tried to bury with his own military past. Unable to remain silent, he recruits a band of unlikely volunteers to take up arms against the British. Fighting to protect his famliy's freedom and his country's independence, Martin discovers the pain of betrayal, the redemption of revenge, and the passion of love. © 2000 Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Movie KG. All Rights Reserved.