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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
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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 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 William Agee <wa0521@broncho.ucok.edu>

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An American epic. 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

Scenes were filmed in Norway at the behest of a group of Norwegian dentists who invested in the film. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Tom Dobb: [to a British officer] You're a bastard!
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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

Referenced in Splendor (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Molly Malloy
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Rabinowitz
Lyrics by Myles Rudge
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How can one make a movie as bad as this
22 May 2010 | by oneiraca2004See all my reviews

With a subject as fertile as the American war of independence and four outstanding actors how could anyone blow it to such catastrophic proportions. I think both the script writer and the director must have gone out of their way to produce something as empty and boring as Revolution. What a waste! Money first, a glorious subject which would deserve more respect, but also waste of actors' talent. What a goofy idea to expect Al Pacino to act and sound as a Scott. Why not pick a Scott?

I felt sorry for the three main actors because I don't think that with a script like this they were given a fighting chance to shape a specific character. So from the writing, to the shooting there is little in this movie that I would recommend to the public. For Fox TV to air it now (May 2010) laced with commercial also shows how little this network cares about their audience.


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