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Patriotism at the Multiplex

All movies are not created equal

Jul 17, 2000, Vol. 5, No. 41 • By KEN MASUGI
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The Patriot does not possess the grace of the best movie on the American Revolution, John Ford's 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk. Neither does it surpass 1989's Glory in showing how blacks belong in America, nor will it have the cult status of the 1949 Sands of Iwo Jima. But it is an exploration of that quality of soul Aristotle thought makes men most human and political: spiritedness. It's a quality we need to think about and cultivate, and The Patriot is a magnificent attempt to do so.

Ken Masugi is the director of the Center for Local Government at the Claremont Institute.