The Patriot (1986 film)

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The Patriot
The Patriot (1986 film).jpg
Directed by Frank Harris
Produced by Michael Bennett
Written by Andy Ruben
Katt Shea Ruben
Starring Gregg Henry
Simone Griffeth
Michael J. Pollard
Jeff Conaway
Stack Pierce
Leslie Nielsen
Music by Jay Ferguson
Cinematography Frank Harris
Edited by Richard E. Westover
Distributed by Crown International Pictures
Release date
  • July 25, 1986 (1986-07-25)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Patriot is a 1986 action film directed by Frank Harris and starring Gregg Henry, Simone Griffeth and Stack Pierce with Leslie Nielsen.

Plot summary[edit]

A gang lead by a man called Atkins (played by Stack Pierce) steal nuclear weapons from a storage facility in a desert somewhere.[1] A burnt out former navy seal and Vietnam vet who was previously dishonorably discharged, is contacted by his former commanding officer to help retrieve the weapons. He goes after them.[2][3][4]



Action figure and snorkel set[edit]

A scuba diving action figure featuring removable mask, fins, wetsuit, scuba tank, and horse collar buoyancy compensator was produced for the film. In addition a snorkel set consisting of a mask, snorkel and fins were made.[citation needed]


The Coen Brothers have referenced the film as a major influence on their later work. In particular, the character Jim "Kraken" Jones was a role model for the character Anton Chigurh in the movie No Country for Old Men.[citation needed] It also helped to popularize the phrase, "Tijuana oil job".


  1. ^ TV Guide - The Patriot
  2. ^ Terrorism in American Cinema: An Analytical Filmography, 1960–2008, By Robert Cettl - Page 202 The Patriot (1986: d. Frank Harris)
  3. ^ TV Guide - The Patriot
  4. ^ Cold War Fantasies: Film, Fiction, and Foreign Policy, By Ronnie D. Lipschutz - Page 228 Resources

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