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Revolution (1985)

A trapper and his young son get pulled into the American revolution early as unwilling participants and remain involved through to the end.

Director:

Hugh Hudson

Writer:

Robert Dillon
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Tom Dobb
Donald Sutherland ... Sgt. Maj. Peasy
Nastassja Kinski ... Daisy McConnahay
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. McConnahay
Dave King ... Mr. McConnahay
Steven Berkoff ... Sgt. Jones
John Wells John Wells ... Corty
Annie Lennox ... Liberty Woman
Dexter Fletcher ... Ned Dobb
Sid Owen Sid Owen ... Young Ned
Richard O'Brien ... Lord Hampton
Paul Brooke ... Lord Darling
Eric Milota Eric Milota ... Merle
Felicity Dean ... Betsy
Jo Anna Lee Jo Anna Lee ... Amy
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Storyline

New York trapper Tom Dobb (Al Pacino) becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his young son Ned (Dexter Fletcher) is conscripted into the British Army as a drummer by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy (Donald Sutherland). Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies. He crosses path with the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay (Nastassja Kinski), who gets involved in the support of the American troops. 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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolution 1776 See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,755, 29 December 1985

Gross USA:

$358,574

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,574
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the boat seen in the movie was "Providence". See more »

Goofs

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? See more »

Quotes

Mrs. McConnahay: You know where we stand, Daisy. You cannot belong to this family and fight on the other side.
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Alternate Versions

In 2009, Hugh Hudson made his own director's cut titled "Revolution Revisited" which was also released on DVD. The new version featured new narration recorded by Al Pacino, a different ending, and removed 10 minutes of footage from the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Fish Alive
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Traditional
Arranged by Harry Rabinowitz
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Great Looking Film
21 May 2003 | by mcinglimaSee all my reviews

"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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