Hugh Hudson (1985)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Hugh Hudson's look at the American War of Independence was a famous mega-flop, sealing the fate of the already over-extended Goldcrest production house. It is the story of a father and son, and the way history intrudes on their relationship. On the plus side are: the battle scenes, brilliantly filmed with a hand-held camera; a remarkable portrayal of a sadistic English officer by a deeply in period Donald Sutherland; and clever art direction which turns King's Lynn into New York. On the debit side is Al Pacino's ludicrous performance and laughable Scots/Irish/Brooklyn accent - an all-too evident case of Method madness and a star's egomania unbalancing an entire production. Another embarrassment is Nastassja Kinski's part - as a revolutionary heroine, she just gets in the way.


A New York fur trapper leads a simple life until the outbreak of the American war of Independence. As he struggles to protect his son, who has been drafted into service, he forms a relationship with an aristocratic woman who has turned against the British. Historical drama, starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland and Nastassja Kinski.

Cast & Crew

Tom Dobb Al Pacino
Sgt Maj Peasy Donald Sutherland
Daisy McConnahay Nastassja Kinski
Ned Dobb Dexter Fletcher
Mrs McConnahay Joan Plowright
Lord Hampton Richard O'Brien
Sgt Jones Steven Berkoff
Liberty woman Annie Lennox
Director Hugh Hudson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violence and swearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray