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Patriotic Movies

Gear up for the Fourth of July with these patriotic-themed films:

Air Force One starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Glenn Close

Shortly after American Special Forces capture the brutal dictator of Kazakhstan General Ivan Radek, the President of the United States James Marshall gives a compelling zero-tolerance speech on terrorism in Moscow.  Now on their way home, Air Force One is high jacked by terrorists demanding Radek’s release.  The president is forced into an escape pod while the First Lady, his children, and staff are held hostage.  The terrorists plan to kill a hostage every half an hour until Radek is released, but things take an interesting twist when the escape pod is found empty.  Will President Marshall be able to save the plane?   To say the least, Air Force One is an action-packed and thrilling ride.   

The Patriot starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, and Joely Richardson

Plantation owner Benjamin Martin was a hero in the French and Indian War, but as America starts to break away from England, Martin does not want any role in the Revolutionary War.  The Continental Army is forming in South Carolina, but as a widow and father or seven, Martin plans to stay with his family, remaining peaceful…  Until his son Gabriel enlists without his father’s permission, and British Colonel William Tavington burns the Martin Plantation to the ground.  In response, Martin forms a militia of irregulars, including a minister, slaves, and peasants to fight for the birth of a new nation.  With epic battle scenes and compelling performances, The Patriot is one of Hollywood’s finest renditions of the American Revolution.

Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, and Walter Huston

Yankee Doodle Dandy presents a biographical musical portrait of the legendary musical composer, singer, and dancer George M. Cohen.  Known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway,” Cohen is invited to the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, and during their conversation, Cohen flashes back to his early life on the stage.  Starting out in his family’s vaudeville act, Cohen eventually makes it to the big stage where he often starred in his own shows.  Cohen is also well-recognized for composing 300 songs including Over There, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and Yankee Doodle DandyYankee Doodle Dandy the movie is a classic in its own right, bringing World War Two-styled red, white, and blue patriotism to a musical format.         



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