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Revolution (1985) Poster

(1985)

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Anachronisms 

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.
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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.
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Continuity 

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.
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Factual errors 

In battle, the British soldiers are depicted taking short steps; in reality, Redcoats were trained to take long paces, so as to close the range quickly.
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In battle, Sgt. Maj. Peasy is depicted giving march and fire orders; in reality, it would be the job of an actual officer, and not an NCO.
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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.
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Plot holes 

Tom Dobb comments that Daisy McConnahay has given up everything to be there with the revolutionary army, yet she has never told him so. How could he know?
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