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Revolution

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1985
  • Hugh Hudson
  • 121 mins
  • PG

Summary

Historical war drama, starring Al Pacino, Nastassja Kinski, Donald Sutherland and Joan Plowright. The War of Independence wasn't Tom Dobb's fight, but when his only surviving son marched off against the British in 1776, Tom knew that he'd have to follow to protect the boy in the ensuing chaos and horror. On the way, he meets the rebellious daughter of a wealthy family loyal to the king.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Tom DobbAl Pacino
Daisy McConnahayNastassja Kinski
Sergeant Major PeasyDonald Sutherland
Mrs McConnahayJoan Plowright
Mr McConnahayDave King
Sergeant JonesSteven Berkoff
Liberty WomanAnnie Lennox
Ned DobbDexter Fletcher
Young NedSid Owen
CortyJohn Wells
Lord HamptonRichard O'Brien
MerleEric Milota
BetsyFelicity Dean
AmyJo Anna Lee
CuffyCheryl Miller
Israel DavisHarry Ditson
Bella DavisRebecca Calder
AbbyTheresa Boden
BenCameron Johann
AhabDanny Potts
Sergeant MarleyWilliam Marlowe
Captain LacyStefan Gryff

Crew

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DirectorHugh Hudson

Details

Released on
1986-01-31
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence and swearing
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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