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...
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It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The film's opening prologue states: "IT IS 1776, and the world is ruled by two nations - France and England. A state of open hostility has existed for more than 80 years between the two super powers as both strive for world domination. America is the prize possession of England's empire and the most important emergent nation of the 18th century. A declaration of independence from English rule has just been made. The American people are divided; a quarter remain loyal to King George, but England has landed a vast armada on Long Island to crush the rebels. Out story begins on 4th July. 30,000 redcoats are ready to march on New York and a people's army is gathering to oppose them". See more »
By the time of Valley Forge, Washington's Continental Army was in such a bad state that most men did not even have shoes or boots, yet no-one in the Valley Forge scenes is barefoot. See more »
"Revolution" is short on story and action, however, the set design, costumes and above all the cinematography is first rate. I can easily imagine that the way the film shows 18th Century life in North America is how it actually was. Unlike earlier (as well as later films) that favor a more "clean" depiction of the era "Revolution" shows the poverty, desperation and filth that was common in cities like New York without exploiting it. It is unfortunate that the plot and casting of the film didn't do justice to the outstanding work of the set designers. I can't bash the story too much because there have been far worse films that are now heralded as classics. If you like period films then give "Revolution" a chance, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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