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GIBSON FILM HAS REVOLUTIONARY IMPACT

A popular historic site here is answering duty's call.

The Historic Brattonsville plantation has shut its doors until the middle of next month so that preparations can be made for "The Patriot," a film starring Mel Gibson.

Crew members for the Revolutionary War movie are working around the clock painting and restoring buildings. Officials in charge of the site say the changes will make the plantation a more pleasant place to visit when it reopens.

Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, a reluctant hero who is swept into battle when the war reaches his farm. To protect his family, he joins the American militia and fights beside his idealistic son.

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