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  • Americans Hate Tingle: A variation, seeing how it wasn't really popular anywhere, but in the UK and mainland Europe it was merely considered dull and disappointing. American critics, on the other hand, were ten times harsher.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise:
    • A British-produced film about the American revolution told from the standpoint of the colonials was an idea that was never really going to be accepted by American audiences, no matter how good the film was. Many major critics at the time even outright said that British film-makers should just stay away from the subject, or at least not bank on making too much money in the States.
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    • British audiences weren't a whole lot keener on the film's concept, as they generally tend to prefer films about conflicts that the UK actually won, hence why there's been so many successful and fondly-remembered British films about The Napoleonic Wars, World War I and World War II, but almost none about the War of Independence.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dexter Fletcher is Ned Dobb.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Daisy falls in love with Tom after meeting him twice. Al Pacino mumbles a lot, feels sorry for himself and comes off as a bit pathetic, which makes the whole romance come off as by-the-numbers and unlikely.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Somewhat rarely for a big-budget historical drama, many of the cast members adopted period-appropriate British and American accents for their characters. In practical terms, it makes much of the dialogue sound like incomprehensible mumbling.
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  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Al Pacino and Nastassja Kinski as 18th Century Americans. Enough said.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: For some reason, someone in the costuming department had the bright idea to stick a huge hairy mole on the side of Donald Sutherland's face that looks utterly ridiculous.

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