A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the British forces at Trenton.

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Gen. Hugh Mercer
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Col. John Glover
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Gen. Henry Knox
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Gen. William 'Lord' Stirling
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Karl Pruner ...
Gen. Sullivan
Duncan McLeod ...
Williams
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Kelly Harms ...
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Cadman
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Capt. Heineman (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Chris Williamson ...
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In 1776, less than six months after the Declaraton of Independence, the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, was on the brink of utter defeat. Low on men, cannons and supplies, Washington decides to risk everything on one last desperately daring attack on the town of Trenton where over 1000 of the feared Hessian mercenaries are garrisoned. However to do that, the army must cross the Delaware to a seemingly hopeless battle that would turn out to be more successful than Washington ever dreamed of. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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10 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Die Schlacht am Delaware  »

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The friction between General Washington and General Gates portrayed in the film was very real. In fact, Gates was allegedly involved in a conspiracy known as The Conway Cabal, a plot to oust George Washington as Commander-in-Chief in 1778 and replace him with himself. Gates' name surfaced again in the Newburgh Conspiracy, another plot to oust Washington in 1783. See more »

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The British soldiers in the skirmish at the river bank are wearing uniforms from the French and Indian War, instead of the type in use during the Revolution. The cut is completely different, especially noticeable in the very large sized cuffs. See more »

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Gen. George Washington: Well, sir, I waited for you to broach this. What do you think?
Gen. Horatio Gates: You would not wish to know, sir.
Gen. George Washington: Then you have objections.
Gen. Horatio Gates: Many.
Gen. George Washington: Would you specify them?
Gen. Horatio Gates: Gladly. Firstly, in order to attack, one needs an army. You do not have an army. Secondly, in order to attack, one needs soldiers. Your men are not soldiers. Thirdly, your men always go one in direction. To attack requires the other direction. Shall I continue?
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A good historical drama
21 December 2001 | by (Korea) – See all my reviews

An interesting and fairly accurate portrayal of the events that led to the Reveloutionary Army's crossing of the Deleware River and subsequent victory at Trenton. Daniels does a good job, but his middle-brow demeanour lacks the artistocratic nature of Washington.


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