GenreAction, Drama ScreenplayKatt Shea, Andy Ruben CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 25, 1986 (1986-07-25) WriterAndy Ruben, Katt Shea CastLeslie Nielsen, Gregg Henry, Simone Griffeth, Michael J. Pollard, Jeff Conaway, Stack Pierce Similar moviesFreefall (1994), Damned River (1989), Air Collision (2012), In the Blood (2014), The Marksman (2005)
TaglineOne man stands between unstoppable terrorist and unthinkable destruction.
The patriot trailer 1986
The Patriot is a 1986 action film directed by Frank Harris and starring Gregg Henry, Simone Griffeth and Stack Pierce with Leslie Nielsen.
A gang lead by a man called Atkins (played by Stack Pierce) steal nuclear weapons from a storage facility in a desert somewhere. 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.
Gregg Henry as Lieutenant Matt Ryder
Simone Griffeth as Sean
Michael J. Pollard as Howard
Jeff Conaway as Mitchell
Stack Pierce as Atkins
Leslie Nielsen as Admiral Frazer
Glenn Withrow as Pink
Larry Mintz as Bite
Diane Stevenett as Maggie
Anthony Caldarella as Eight Ball
Mike Gomez as Kenwood
Larry Moss as Devon
Smith Osbourne as Rosa
Sally Brown as Girl in Bar
as Pool Room Bully
Action figure and snorkel set
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.
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. It also helped to popularize the phrase, "Tijuana oil job".