Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Revolutionary

The Revolutionary, who remembers that film? Who has even heard of that film? It'd not even in Simon's book, so it must be unusual.

However, it starred Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, and not even imdb knows where it was made.

The plot was loosly woven around students who seem to have started off in Paris, or so at least the locations seem to suggest, then off to perhaps America, and then turning a corner the actors seem to be in South Kensington, London. The policemen, on the London streets in the film, are in US style uniforms, NYPD leftovers perhaps, and the riot police are in battle gear of unknown provenance, but they all seem to be in a British industrial estate.

The film came up on late night TV and I was unable to grab it, so, if anyone out there has a copy...........................please.

Anyway, the whole point is, or maybe, was, is that this film was made in Brixton south east London. Atlantic Road is featured, just where Alfie was made, Brixton Market, and also Brixton Station Road, with the railway arches; Alfie again and Date With a Dream; and, best of all, for the first time, anywhere, ever, the Electric Avenue, with its famous canopies, was included, and it doesn't get any better than that!

No, its not Revolutionary Road, a modern film, but Jon Voight's third major film, The Revolutionary made and back in 1970, nor is it Start the Revolution Without Me.

The film ends in one of the legal gardens in central London, the Temple perhaps or Greys Inn maybe, where so many other flicks were made.

A confusing film, but then, we're here for the locations not the plot.