The story follows Tom Cobb, a typical American farmer, as he becomes more and more involved with
the revolution. Originally, he has little interest, and even hostility, as the revolutionary government seizes his boat and
entices his son into the army. But, as the revolution progresses and Tom gets a clearer picture of what the revolt means,
he becomes an ardent patriot, not because of any love for the revolutionary government, but from a pure love of liberty.
One of the positive aspects of Revolution is
that it does present a real quest for liberty, rather than just paying lip service to the value of freedom.
*Al Pacino has to be an unlikely choice for
an early American patriot, but, aside from an uncertain accent, apparently meant to be lightly Scottish, he does well in the
role. Pacino nicely portrays the character's internal growth, as Tom moves from indifference to passion.
...the film needed the extraordinary element of Pacino and Kinski....(On working with Al Pacino,
Nastasia Kinski)...."For me, Al has been incredible. He's very communicative. He's not one of those actors who comes on the
set and then leaves. We're doing a lot of improvising and talking about the work. So in the end it just flows. I can't tell
you to what extent he's helped me. He lets life come into the work, little accidents; things don't wind up just the way they're
Director, Hudson recalls one telling scene in which Pacino and some unknown British actors playing
soldiers are being recruited into the makeshift army. "Al just made himself fade into the crowd at that point. He was the