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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better movie than most think, May 31, 2002
This review is from: Revolution [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I am surprised at the bad press this incredible film received. The suggestion that "The Patriot" was a more accurate reflection of the American Revolution is laughable - talk about pure Hollywood. "Revolution" far surpasses "The Patriot" in both its beauty, realism and emotional depth. This film didn't try to romanticize the war, or make it out to be exciting and noble. The film is stark and harsh. One can't watch it without thinking about just how horrific it could have been to live in those times.
I'm also confused by the arguments about Al Pacino's character being "Scottish." I've seen this film several times and I never had the impression that he was playing anything other than an uneducated man with a poor grasp of pronunciation. I can accept that he might have been speaking with an extremely watered down Irish accent (watered down by being away from the country of origin for many years perhaps), or even a point halfway between the typical North American accent and the English-Irish accent that the former was derived from - a sort of "Proto-American" accent. But what no-one seems to have noticed is that everybody else in the film also had this accent! (Unless you count the Tories and the English). I found Al Pacino's performance highly convincing, and if anything, I think it is some of his best work.
In short, if you want to see a good film about the War of Independence - a film that doesn't try to make it into a box office exercise (e.g, "The Patriot") - I could not recommend "Revolution" highly enough.
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2008 4:40:30 AM PST
Concerning this review i'd like to add that not everyone in the film speaks with a Proto-American accent, particularly at the beginning of the film, many regional English accents are heard when the statue of the king is being pulled down. Cockney and Cornish accents are heard shouting ' Pull the King Down ' etc.... the scene where Al Pacino's son signs up to the Army, and Pacino desperately trying to convince the revolutionary soldiers to scribble out the signature, this also shows the rebel soldiers as having cockney and even 'plummy' English accents accents. This actually prevails throughout the film and shows accurately how complex the revolution was. Remember that most of the revolutionaries were either of British,Irish or Scottish descent, and would have spoken mostly in their mother country's tongues and accents at that time in history, for this i think Revolution must be applauded for its attention to detail, few films made about this most complex revolution are as accurate in this respect.
Its often forgotten that a lot of revolutionaries fought for their rights as freeborn Englishmen, Irish or Scots overthrow tyranny and oppression.
Some eminent (American) historians have even described the war of independance as a second 'English Civil War', albeit fought far away from Englands shores.
Not only that, the colonists plight and their struggle had a vocal support from many supporters and people in England, who felt that they too would pick up arms against King George if they were also in America.
I remember a true story of a man who refused to give up his log cabin to advancing redcoats and was subsequently killed defending himself armed with just one musket....before he died he shouted to the advancing redcoats '' It is the right of every Englishman to defend his home and liberty ''
I think revolution captures the very esscence of this complicated conflict and is a million miles away from the historical innacuracies portrayed in Gibson's Patriot film ( which incidentally i actually love as a piece of action packed entertainment )

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 6:23:04 PM PST
Well said sir, I couldn't agree with more on all counts.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 3:45:50 PM PDT
I thank you sir, from the old country.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 5:45:51 PM PST
I totally agree with you. The Patriot showed a clean view of the revolution with happy slaves. This film accurately portrays what really happened. This was a revolution primarily for the rich with one group of rich white men taking over from the other group in England. The fact that people took to heart the language used to rally ordinary people to the revolution is a bonus but the fact is this at first was not a true revolution. A well- made film.
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