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"The Patriot": Will You Stop Only at Words?

The Patriot reminds us that some things are worth fighting for. In this scene, Gabriel Martin (Heath Ledger) opens the door of the church where a memorial service is in progress.

Gabriel addresses Reverend Oliver, who is standing in the pulpit. "Reverend, with your permission, I'd like to make an announcement."

Oliver replies, "Young man, this is a house of God."

Gabriel responds, "I understand that, Reverend, and I apologize. The South Carolina militia is being called up. I'm here to enlist every man willing."

Oliver descends the stairs towards Gabriel and says, "Son, we are here to pray for the souls of those men hanging outside."

Gabriel says, "Yes, pray for them but honor them by taking up arms with us."

A man in the congregation stands to speak. "And bring more suffering to this town?"

Another man adds, "King George can hang those men, our friends. He can hang any one of us."

Anne Patricia Howard (Lisa Brenner) stands up and addresses the protester. "Dan Scott, barely a week ago, I heard you rail for two hours about independence."

There is a stir among the congregation as she continues: "Mr. Hardwick, how many times have I heard you speak of freedom at my father's table? Half the men in this church, including you, Father, and you, Reverend, are as ardent patriots as I. Will you now, when you are needed most, stop only at words? Is that the sort of men you are?"

As the men reflect on her words, Anne continues, "I ask only that you act upon the beliefs of which you have so strongly spoken and in which you so strongly believe."

"Who's with us?" Gabriel asks.

One by one, the men and their sons stand in response to Anne Howard's challenge.

Elapsed Time: from the opening credits, 00:57:56 to 00:61:49

Content: Rated R for graphic violence

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