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 young son Ned is conscripted into the British Army as a drummer 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. He crosses path with the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay 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
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Al Pacino was widely felt to be miscast as Tom Dobb. See more »
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. See more »
We're going to find us a place. Where they ain't no one to bow down to. Where they ain't no Lord or Lady better than you. Where you can say what you like - and climb as high as you want. And they ain't - nobody gonna treat no one like a dog in the dirt. I look around me, Ned, and I see all kinds of people. Men and women. And they got families like mine. And we stand together, like brothers and sisters. And we make for ourselves. We make a place - where our babies can sleep safe ...
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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 »
As a high school US History teacher I often use a few scenes from this film in my classes. I have found value in some elements of this dark, brooding, and sluggish film and think it deserves some credit. Examples are: NY City in the opening and closing scenes, (they are our history books brought to life). The battles of NY, specifically Long Island and Brooklyn Heights (the film is vague as to which exact battle this is) the complicated world of Nastasia Kinski's character Daisy, daughter of loyalists, mother yes, but which side is her father really on? Additionally, the miserable conditions at Valley Forge, and very importantly, Tom and Ned "quitting" the war after their first battle (Historically Washington's "grand army" melted away by the autumn of 1776). As a teacher I love the resource of this film. As a parent I want my children to be exposed, As a period movie fan I don't love this film very much.
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