Story Exposition: Page 1 Revolution begins with Tom Dobb (Al Pacino) and his son Ned (Sid Owen) sailing on the Hudson River toward New York City. It is July 9, 1776 not long after the signing of Declaration of Independence and the partisans in the city are celebrating. They tear down the horsed statue of King George III. In the midst of the celebration the aristocratic Loyalist Mrs. McConnahay (Joan Plowright) and her daughters Betsy, Amy and Daisy (Nastassia Kinski) are in a carriage making their way through the crowded streets.
Daisy does not share her family's Loyalist slant and she leaves the carriage over her mother's objections and joins the celebration. Daisy joins the Liberty Lady (Annie Lennox) in the celebration and they make their way to the docks. Dobb is docking his boat when the Liberty Lady demands the use of his boat for the Patriot cause. Dobb will not comply, but men and soldiers seize his boat and remove Dobb. A Continental officer gives Dobb a note for $70 for the boat.
Leaving his son, Tom Dobb makes his way to city hall where others are there with notes also trying to receive their money. They are told that there is no money presently, but to hold onto the note and they will be paid eventually. Dobb returns to find that his son has enlisted with the Continental Army as a drummer boy for five shillings. Dobb tries to withdraw his son's enlistment, but the officer will not let him do so. Instead he tells Dobb that the only way he can stay with his son is to enlist himself. Dobb angrily signs the registry.
Daisy brings food to the men in the field. She helps the doctor at the field hospital as he has to amputate a leg. As she is walking home, she sees Tom Dobb and his son lying in the field next to the road. Tom has a small wound. She dresses it as he tells of the horror of the Battle of Brooklyn Heights and how everyone ran. She now looks taken with Tom Dobb. Their reverie is broken by horsed Continental officers who are herding the men back to the road into ranks.
We are now on the battlefield with Tom, Ned and the Continentals. They take position along a wooden fence as they see the British line up. Sergeant Peasy (Donald Sutherland) leads the British across the field. Their discipline and unwavering march unnerves the Continentals who find themselves fleeing madly. Seargeant Peasy and his men come up on some Continentals who have thrown down their weapons and are surrendering. Peasy runs them through and continues on. Tom and Ned flee from the field.
The British have now occupied New York and Mr. McConnahay proudly stands beside the British officers as they announce their repatriation of the city. Daisy watches in disgust, while her sisters dream of marrying well. She runs off and runs into Tom and Ned. She is disgusted and distraught that they ran away from the army. Tom says that they all ran. She calls him a coward.
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