Revolution starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland and Nastassja Kinski returns to King’s Lynn

Revolution starred Al Pacino.
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Revolution starred Al Pacino. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Submitted via MU

It was one of the biggest box office flops in movie history, despite a star-studded cast and multi-million dollar budget. Now a special director's cut, featuring a new voiceover by Pacino, is to be screened as part of the King's Lynn Film Festival.

Soldiers march down King Street in King's Lynn in Reviolution. Picture: Archant library

Soldiers march down King Street in King's Lynn in Reviolution. Picture: Archant library

But Revolution will soon be in the air again in King's Lynn, as the town celebrates its role in the ill-fated film.

In 1985, parts of the town became the stage for a lavish costume drama set in the 1775 - 83 American War of Independence.

King Street in King's Lynn pictured today. Picture: Chris Bishop

King Street in King's Lynn pictured today. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Robbie Coltrane and Annie Lennox starred in the story of a fur trapper who joins the revolutionary forces.

As well as familiar buildings around the Purfleet, King Street and Nelson Street, the movie also featured dozens of local people who appeared as extras.

An invitation to the premiere. Picture: Matthew Usher

An invitation to the premiere. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher


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Road signs were removed, the streets were cobbled over and homes and businesses given an 18th Century makeover.

But while Lynn welcomed Hollywood to its historic waterfront, the film did not go down as enthusiastically with audiences on either side of the Atlantic.

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

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While it cost $28m to make, it grossed $346,000 in the States and was panned by critics as a film about American history shot in England.

Now a special director's cut, featuring a new voiceover by Al Pacino, is set to be screened as part of the King's Lynn Film Festival.

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

A special guided walk, taking in locations used in the film, has also been created by King's Lynn town guides.

Guide and Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards will lead the walk, starting from the Custom House on Saturday, September 30 (11am).

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Revolution will later be screened St George's Guildhall in King Street (7.30pm).

Dr Richards said: 'We will follow the route of the Maritime Trail and locations used by the film makers will receive special attention. The main locations that were used for filming were mainly between Purfleet and Nelson Street.

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

'The walk will last about one and a half hours and finish at the Greenland Fishery.'

The film festival also features the Hunchback of Notre Dame on Friday, September 29, at St Nicholas Chapel (7pm), Waterland on Saturday, September 30, at the Guildhall (3pm) and Atlantic City on Sunday, October 1 at the Guildhall.

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Tickets for Revolution - The Director's Cut (£4) can be purchased from the Alive Leisure box office in the Corn Exchange or on the door.

Tickets for the walk (£5 Adults, £4 conc) should be purchased in advance from the Custom House 01553 763044.

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library

Revolution (1985) filmed in King's Lynn. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

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