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    Three films to fuel your Fourth fervor


    Is patriotic partying not your style? Celebrate Independence Day at home with one of these Fourth of July-inspired movies.

    ‘The Patriot’

    This tear-jerking drama stars Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger as soldiers in the American Revolution. It follows the story of farmer Benjamin Martin (Gibson) who joins the colonial militia to avenge the death of his beloved son. “”The Patriot”” is filled with action, blood and gore, which serve as chilling reminders of the battle that our forefathers fought more than 200 years ago.


    Maybe you’d rather celebrate the holiday with singing and dancing. No problem. In the 1972 film “”1776,”” our founding fathers do just that. This musical comedy, based on the Broadway musical of the same name, is inspired by historical events, but also has a lot of fun with well-known characters such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

    ‘Independence Day’

    So, maybe this one isn’t as relevant as the rest. But why shouldn’t your Fourth of July be filled with aliens (and Will Smith)? This science ficton thriller won an Academy Award for best visual effects in 1997, and takes the concept of “”Independence Day”” to a whole new level. During the American Revolution, we fought for our freedom, but in this movie, the characters fight for humanity, planet Earth and their right to live.

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