Revolution (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  25 December 1985 (USA)
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New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Maj. Peasy
Daisy McConnahay
Mrs. McConnahay
Dave King ...
Mr. McConnahay
Sgt. Jones
John Wells ...
Liberty Woman
Ned Dobb
Sid Owen ...
Young Ned
Lord Hampton
Lord Darling
Eric Milota ...
Felicity Dean ...
Jo Anna Lee ...


New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army 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, alongside the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay. As Tom undergoes his change of heart, the events of the war unfold in large-scale grandeur. Written by William Agee <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence and related images | See all certifications »





Release Date:

25 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revolution 1776  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)


$184,570 (USA)

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| (DVD) | (Director's Cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Debut credited theatrical feature film performance as an actress of singer Annie Lennox. See more »


Despite having his eyes closed, Ned Dobb screams with agony nearly a second before the Huron even touches his poisoned foot with the heated arrow head, at a moment when it is still at least three inches away from it. See more »


Offscreen Revolutionary: Get out of here, you Negro!
Offscreen Slave: We want freedom too!
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Lyrics by Myles Rudge
Arranged by Harry Rabinowitz
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Don't let the low rating frighten you - it's a beautiful movie.
14 September 2003 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

I've just seen "Revolution" on TV and I have to say that it's a much better movie than one may think. Sometimes a movie is worth-seeing only because of its wonderful production values. And "Revolution" is an eye-popping visual feat: wonderful cinematography, first-rate period details. I might say that beside Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" and Tony Richardson's "Tom Jones", this is the most beautifully made period movie about the eighteenth century. "Revolution" is also an important film because there are only about a dozen films on the Revolutionary War and almost all of them are a matter of obscurity - at least for a Hungarian movie lover. The most popular is Roland Emmerich's "The Patriot" (2000). In my opinion that's a much worse film than Hudson's maligned film. When "Revolution" was released it was a critical and commercial disaster. I think it didn't fit in any of the movie trends of the 1980s. But in the future it might be regarded as a flawed but valuable movie. Its flaws are obvious and much-discussed so I don't want to speak about them. If you're interested in beautiful period pieces and the Revolutionary War you might like this movie.

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