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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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Taglines:

The war that won a nation its freedom, a young woman her destiny, a young man his independence, and a father his son's love. See more »


Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie's poor box office showing and critical drubbing kept Al Pacino off the screen for the next four years until " Sea of Love " in 1989. See more »

Goofs

In the battle scene, a caplock musket is visible. The first caplock firing mechanism was not patented until the early 1800s, 20 years after the end of the American Revolution. Caplock firing mechanisms depicted in the film were not in wide use until the 1850s, 70 years after the American Revolution. See more »

Quotes

Offscreen Revolutionary: Get out of here, you Negro!
Offscreen Slave: We want freedom too!
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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 Biography: Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Drummer Boy Lament
(uncredited)
Traditional
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
Arranged by Harry Rabinowitz
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Very Effective and Entertaining Film
31 October 1999 | by JVIRT99See all my reviews

This movie has consistantly been trashed by numerous professional and amateur reviewers alike. Even Leonard Maltin, my personal favorite movie guy, rated it a "BOMB". I can`t understand why. Although it isn`t a perfect film endeavor, it does tell a story that`s never been told before...but obviously in a manner that many found extremely annoying at best. Aside from New York and L.A. movie houses, I don`t believe this film was released nationally at any time. Personally, I thought it was a very different type of movie, but effective and entertaining in a strange way. It gave me a feel for the time period, including an appealing atmospheric identity. Being an ex-NewYorker and exposed to the famous Revolutionary battlefields, that still exist throughout the metro area, I felt an aura of actually being present in that time period, with events occuring on both surrealistic and realistic levels. Al Pacino is a born/raised New Yorker and I believe captured the essence of his character very well. Pacino gave a solid portrayal of an 18th. century individual caught up in a violent period of American history. This movie has been unfairly criticized and overly maligned in my humble opinion. A unique film deserving of more praise then it has been awarded. See it for yourself.

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