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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.


Hugh Hudson


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




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


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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Did You Know?


Al Pacino and Donald Sutherland angered the crew one day because of a conversation. On one of the locations, there was one road that led in and out. One day, Pacino and Sutherland began talking about their work while blocking the entrance to the road. Crew members could not come or go and the conversation went on and on. They finally moved out of the way when a huge line of angry people developed behind them. See more »


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. See more »


[first lines]
Voices from the crowd: [some men tie a rope around the king's statue] Pull! Pull it down!
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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 »


Referenced in Spitting Image: The 1987 Movie Awards (1987) See more »


Molly Malloy
Music by Harry Rabinowitz
Lyrics by Myles Rudge
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Pacino couldn't salvage this, and the film has little else to fall back on.
28 May 2015 | by Maladjusted_1See all my reviews

From the first few scenes onwards, I got the impression that Al Pacino really wasn't enjoying his time in 'Revolution', and the aura of apathy which followed the then-recent legend of 'Scarface' more or less destroyed one of the few potentially redeeming qualities of this film. There is a scene towards the end of the film in which the actor seems to muster up some enthusiasm for performance and reminds us that he was the face of Michael Corleone and Tony Montana, and not just a lookalike. The scenes in which Pacino "bonds" with his on-screen son – Sid Owen and later Dexter Fletcher – are near- insufferable, and it becomes very easy throughout 'Revolution' to forget that these characters even know each other. The action in this film felt like a cheap series of re-enactments, common to (but forgivable in) dated documentaries. The first major confrontation between the Americans and the British was enjoyable in places, however, and the score enriched one or two haunting sequences of the irrepressible redcoats, led by Donald Sutherland, marching on the revolutionaries. The attempts to create a drama subplot of Nastassja Kinski's family tensions was not fun to watch, and her pro-redcoat relatives were so quickly introduced and dismissed that they became instantly forgettable. Overall, I do not recommend this film. However, if you have an iron-willed enthusiasm for the American War of Independence, you may derive some minor satisfaction from seeing a world-class actor caught in the middle; but, just as Malcolm McDowell and Peter O'Toole could not redeem 'Caligula' for a less- than-maniacal fan of ancient history, the chances are that you'll still come out unfulfilled.

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UK | Norway



Release Date:

25 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolution 1776 See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,755, 29 December 1985

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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