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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Alexander Hamilton
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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 ...
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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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Washington needed a victory, they got a miracle.


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Martha Washington's grand-daughter, Mary Custis, was married to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. One of their descendants was actor Robert Duvall. Jeff Daniels appeared with Duvall, as Lee, in Gods and Generals (2003). See more »

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During the attack, when a cannon has been fired, in the next scene, at the bottom-left of the screen, an air ramp can be seen shooting one of the Hessians into the air. See more »

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Gen. Horatio Gates: In eleven days' time the enlistments run out. Your men will not attack a fly before then. Why should they? They need only sit tight and go home.
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Intelligent and Engrossing
11 January 2000 | by (United States) – 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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