Revolution (1985)

Date: 1985
Director: Hugh Hudson
Production Company: Goldcrest Films International, Viking Films

Stars: Al Pacino, Sid Owen, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright, Steven Berkoff, Dexter Fletcher, Richard O'Brien, Annie Lennox
Location(s): Norway, Norfolk, Devon

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Al Pacino heads a stellar cast in Revolution: The Director’s Cut. The definitive version of Hugh Hudson’s powerfully unsentimental film set during the American War of Independence. Single father Tom Dobb (played with dogged resilience by Al Pacino) struggles hopelessly against the violent course of history to protect his only son, meeting many obstacles and hardships along the way. Accompanied by John Corigliano’s poignant score, Hudson’s 1985 film is an uncompromising evocation of the chaos, squalor and upheaval of war which he has re-cut and updated.

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Greg Chapman advises that the Norwegian locations were filmed in the Strada region.

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An angry mob attempt to tear down the statue during the American War of Independence. This is actually Purfleet Place in Kings Lynn, UK.

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Trapper Tom Dobb (Al Pacino) and his young son Ned (Sid Owen) guides his boat into New York. But the magic of cinema means this is actually on the River Great Ouse with Kings Lynn in the background.

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The angry citizens throw the pieces of the statue into the river before taking hold of Pacino's boat. This is Kings Lynn, UK.

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His belongings seized, Pacino and his son get given a credit note as compensation for their loss. The younger version of Ned is played by Sid Owen who became well known in BBC series 'Eastenders' where he played Ricky Butcher.

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A rowdy crowd run along a New York street. In fact this is College Lane in Kings Lynn, UK.

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They turn on to Wall Street. In real life this is now Queen Street in Kings Lynn. Pacino, unable to read, asks his son to tell him the detail of the credit note.

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Pacino walks through to a local office to find out more information about when they will get paid. This is currently an unidentified location.

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Young Ned spots an arriving team of army recruiters. This is the on the side of Purfleet in Kings Lynn, UK.

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With a positive intent, young Ned takes a bold step.

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Pacino finds that his son, with the best intentions, has signed up for the army. This is on the side of Purfleet in Kings Lynn, UK.

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But Al tries to get his son de-listed, but there is a struggle and he is forced to join up himself, in order to stay close to his son. This is still the side of Purfleet in Kings Lynn, UK.

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The word is out that the British are coming. People are advising to flee. Greg Chapman identifies this as St. Margaret's Place, Kings Lynn near the Town Hall that features in "The Silver Fleet". (RL)

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The displacement of people continues in the fields around 'Brooklyn Heights'. Greg also locates this, he tells us that the barn is at West Tofts, in the Stanford Battle Area that is also the main base for "Dad's Army". (RL)

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The British prepare to command an attack on the US forces from a hillside. This seems to be the Devon countryside, possibly at Down Tor near Burrator Reservoir.

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Having just about survived the British onslaught, Pacino and son retreat and throw down their arms with the intent to desert a fight that they don't consider their own. The battle finale was filmed near Burrator Reservoir in Devon (you can glimpse the reservoir in the background of this shot).

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The British legions perform a victory march through New York. In fact we're back in Kings Lynn. This is King Street.

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Now the troops march down the slope of Purfleet Place in Kings Lynn...

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and around into Purfleet Place, Kings Lynn.

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Sgt. Maj. Peasy (Donald Sutherland) keeps an eye on the assembled troops, as the people of New York are addressed. This is still in Purfleet Place, Kings Lynn, UK.

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Daisy's parents are attempting to climb the social ladders in their posh residence. This is still in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK.

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A group of rebelious, thieving youngsters, including Pacinos young son, run riot in the street of Ely, UK. This is the Gallery, in the grounds of Ely Cathedral. The cathedral appears on the horizon in the cover photo of Pink Floyd's 1994 album The Division Bell.

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They run around the corner and start up the slope towards the Cathedral in Ely. Several other productions have filmed at the Cathedral including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Kings Speech and 2016 the cathedral substituted for Westminster Abbey in the Netflix original series The Crown.

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The hunt is afoot from the starting point of Cherry Hill Park in Ely.

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Pacino and fellow worker drag the effigy of George Washington for the hunt down a hill. It is currently unidentified but the landscape suggests we might be back in Devon, near Burrator Reservoir.

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Sgt. Maj. Peasy (Donald Sutherland) oversees the burial of fallen army drummer boys and consoles one of the survivors, with the houses in the proximity of Ely Cathedral in the background. The drummer boys had to learn different drum beats in order to communicate orders over the noise of battle.

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Sutherland loads Pacinos son, now chosen as a drummer boy, onto a cart in front of a currently unidentified location. Likely to be Kings Lynn.

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Pacino steals a boat to go and try and find his abducted son. This is Kings Lynn, just the other side of the King Street bridge.

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He comes across the British camp. This is another use of the location near Burrator Reservoir in Devon, UK. Here is where he will find his son who has been punished for resisting an officer's whims.

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Local natives have just witnessed Pacino dispatch one of their enemies. They now have an American friend. and their new comrades take Pacino and son back to their settlements. They are walking across an unidentified landscapes. This is probably part of the Norway shoot, as the production did shoot there, apparently at the behest of some Norwegian dentists who had invested in the film.

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Pacino heads to Philadelphia for the records office in order to find information about the fate of Daisy (Nastassja Kinski). This is reported to have been filmed in Ely, UK but the location is currently unidentified.

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The Philadelphia setting suggests a lot of activity associated with the ending of the war.

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They have to weave through the busy crowds in order to get into the office to find out about Daisy. This location is currently unidentified.

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The victorious American troops head off to keep the pressure on the retreating British army. This is a currently unidentified location.

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Pacino and son try to head off Donald Sutherland's character. After an ambush on the beach, Pacino and co have the upper hand. but they take morality over execution at a currently unidentified location.

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Pacino sends his grown son (Dexter Fletcher) with his young wife and some of their native Indian friends off to their new future.

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They depart from Kings Lynn, UK.

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With American victory over the British complete, the parades in New York (Kings Lynn UK!) are sullied by lies and letdown but there is still a new feeling of hope in the streets, born from this revolution.