Director Hugh Hudson adds optional narration and a new introduction to his 1985 period piece about the American Revolution, which stars Al Pacino as a New York trapper who becomes a reluctant revolutionary when his son (Dexter Fletcher) is drafted to fight. Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski and Joan Plowright round out the film’s cast, with singer Annie Lennox making a brief appearance as a “liberty woman.”
Hugh Hudson (born 25 August 1936) is an English film director. His best-known international success is the 1981 multiple Academy Award-winning film, Chariots of Fire.
Hudson was born in London, the only son of Jacynth (Ellerton), the second wife of Michael Donaldson-Hudson from Cheswardine in rural north Shropshire. His great-grandfather was Charles Donaldson-Hudson, a one-time member of Parliament for Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. His paternal ancestors came from Scotland and Cumberland. He was sent to boarding school at the age of 6, and thereafter was educated at Eton College. He completed his National Service in the Royal Armoured Corps as a second lieutenant from the 28 January 1956, and remained as a lieutenant in the Army Reserve of Officers until he was discharged on January 16, 1960.
In the 1960s, after three years of editing documentaries in Paris, Hudson headed a documentary film company with partners Robert Brownjohn and… read more
It falls apart with such instancy and extremity that it's difficult to find any redeeming features. Nevertheless, Hugh Hudson's decision to shoot completely on hand-held cameras is bold and surprisingly effective. This is a very handsome and unique-looking piece. I also admire Pacino's dedication to his craft, and he manages to shape a distinct performance when he appears to have very little to work with.