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

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Capt. Heineman (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
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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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Die Schlacht am Delaware  »

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Though he cast his lot with the Patriot cause, Major General William Alexander claimed to be the Earl of Stirling, a Lord in the Peerage of Scotland. The claim, however, was never fully substantiated. Officers (including Washington) and men alike often referred to him as Lord Stirling. See more »

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When Washington is lying on the bed the bottom of his boots are visible. The boots are curved for the left and right foot, but during the Revolutionary War, there was no such thing as a left boot or a right boot, they were straight. 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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Intelligent and Engrossing
11 January 2000 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

A&E's original motion picture, The Crossing, is an excellent historical drama starring Jeff Daniels in a remarkably human portrayal of General George Washington and the events that led up to the Battle of Trenton.

This story of the Delaware crossing is fast-paced and, along with the action, offers an intriguing look into the military strategy, decision-making and sheer desperation that drove the Revolutionary Army to its first great victory.

The Crossing may be a TV movie, but it would be equally at home in theaters. Well done, highly recommended viewing.


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