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Revolution (1985)

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

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Sgt. Maj. Peasy
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Daisy McConnahay
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Mrs. McConnahay
Dave King ...
Mr. McConnahay
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Sgt. Jones
John Wells ...
Corty
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Liberty Woman
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Ned Dobb
Sid Owen ...
Young Ned
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Lord Hampton
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Lord Darling
Eric Milota ...
Merle
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Betsy
Jo Anna Lee ...
Amy
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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 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 <wa0521@broncho.ucok.edu>

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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 »


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25 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revolution 1776  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$184,570 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Windsor is credited as Gen. George Washington in the end titles but is not seen in the film. Somewhat bizarrely, Hugh Hudson blamed the casting of an English actor as the first American president for the vitriolic reaction the film received from American critics and its subsequent spectacular box-office failure. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Dobbs (Al Pacino) joins the army, he is greeted with "welcome to the United States Army". The army was actually known as the Continental Army at that time as Washington and his revolutionaries had no way of knowing that Canada would fail to be won in the War Of Independence. See more »

Quotes

Lord Hampton: Your daughters are whores, madam. All of them. Whores.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

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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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