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In The Patriot
Leon Rippy's John Billings is only in about a third of the movie, but during that time, he becomes Benjamin Martin's sidekick. Early in the movie, Benjamin plays off Gabriel, but while Billings is around, Benjamin plays off of him. It works because it shows Benjamin's slide back into that more rugged, frontier approach to war that Benjamin had during the French and Indian War. Around old compatriots like John Billings, Benjamin Martin seems more at ease to be himself, rather than the more uptight, civilized family man.

It was also nice to see Leon Rippy given a chance to show some range beyond sneering, leering and sinister laughing. Like Chris Cooper's Colonel Harry Burwell is the lone speaking Continental, John Billings is the lone speaking Indian fighter and frontier trapper that joins Martin's militia. Billings is given a family and later on Leon Rippy is center stage in the most powerful scene of the film that doesn't directly involve a member of the Martin family. There seemed to be an ease and chemistry between he and Mel Gibson.

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Extended Cut DVD
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Superbit DVD
The Patriot 4-Pack DVD

Special Edition DVD
Special Edition:
Spanish DVD | Spanish VHS

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Soundtrack (CD)
Composed by John Williams

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