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Revolution (1985)

A trapper and his young son get pulled into the American revolution early as unwilling participants and remain involved through to the end.

Director:

Hugh Hudson

Writer:

Robert Dillon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Tom Dobb
Donald Sutherland ... Sgt. Maj. Peasy
Nastassja Kinski ... Daisy McConnahay
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. McConnahay
Dave King ... Mr. McConnahay
Steven Berkoff ... Sgt. Jones
John Wells John Wells ... Corty
Annie Lennox ... Liberty Woman
Dexter Fletcher ... Ned Dobb
Sid Owen Sid Owen ... Young Ned
Richard O'Brien ... Lord Hampton
Paul Brooke ... Lord Darling
Eric Milota Eric Milota ... Merle
Felicity Dean ... Betsy
Jo Anna Lee Jo Anna Lee ... Amy
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Storyline

New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his young son Ned is conscripted into the British Army as a drummer by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies. He crosses path with the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay who gets involved in the support of the American troops. As Tom undergoes his change of heart, the events of the war unfold in large-scale grandeur. Written by William Agee <wa0521@broncho.ucok.edu>

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An American epic. See more »


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16 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1986 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolución See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,755, 29 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$358,574
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rather astonishingly, the famous singer Annie Lennox was dubbed by someone else when her character sings a song near the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

In battle, Sgt. Maj. Peasy is depicted giving march and fire orders; in reality, it would be the job of an actual officer, and not an NCO. See more »

Quotes

Lord Hampton: Daisy McConnahay! You traitorous bitch!
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Alternate Versions

In 2009, Hugh Hudson made his own director's cut titled "Revolution Revisited" which was also released on DVD. The new version featured new narration recorded by Al Pacino, a different ending, and removed 10 minutes of footage from the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Splendor (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Brave and True
(uncredited)
Traditional
Lyrics by Myles Rudge
Arranged by Harry Rabinowitz
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Revolution: A movie Worth Revisiting
2 March 2002 | by deanofrppsSee all my reviews

An incomparable historical epic about the American Revolutionary War, Revolution brings Al Pacino to the fore as Dobbs the trapper swept up in the Continental Army and Kinski as Daisy the rebellious daughter of a cynically duplicit Tory merchant family.

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Al Pacino plays Tom Dobbs a man swept up in Revolutionary upheaval fighting alongside his son. After the battle of Brooklyn, Dobbs like most of the patriotic army melts away, but enduring life in British occupied New York City proves too much. Dobbs and his son escape conscription into the enemy army by fleeing to American lines. They're out to teach a murderous redcoat (Donald Sutherland) a lesson.

Daisy plays the part the Red Coats complained of and dreaded: nurse at Brooklyn, spy in Philadelphia and occasionally an irregular soldier with a loaded pistol for an unsuspecting enemy.

The historical choreography was outstanding. Attention to detail is remarkable particularly in the period music. The uniforms and costuming are magnificent. If Donald Sutherland plays an iron-willed, British Sergeant-Major, a realistically fiercesome antagonist, the movie catches the principal grievances between the opposing forces. The deposing of the last Royal Governor and battle of Brooklyn are imaginatively and accurately staged. This is no small feat. Only one block of the original Hanseatic city is left in New York City and the entire battlefield of Brooklyn and Long Island lay under the nation's fourth largest city. And perhaps `The World Didn't Turn Upside Down' when Lord Cornwallis wept in his tent and General O'Hara's Second Guards surrendered to the tune of Minstrel Boy.

A Classic That Warrants A Second Look Revolution, the movie, was not well received in its time. Lost in the wilderness of the post-Vietnam malaise of anti-heroism, critics pinged Al Pacino's inescapable accent. How do you suppose men from the Hudson River Valley in 1775 spoke when English and Dutch were still interchangeable? Some reviewers did not like the battle scenes. The patriotic gore wasn't enough? Some didn't think the snow was deep enough at Valley Forge. Even in the North East's snowiest winters, it doesn't snow every day.

In consequence of the time in which the movie played to, the film was a box office disaster grossing less than $200,000. There maybe a time when motion pictures like books win a status long after release they did not enjoy immediately. Hopefully that time will come for Revolution a movie well worth revisiting.


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