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 <>

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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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$28,000,000 (estimated)


$184,570 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Lord Hampton: Your daughters are whores, madam. All of them. Whores.
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Revolution: A movie Worth Revisiting
2 March 2002 | by (The Society NY) – See 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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