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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Ned Vukovic ...
Gen. William 'Lord' Stirling
David Ferry ...
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Karl Pruner ...
Gen. Sullivan
Duncan McLeod ...
Williams
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Kelly Harms ...
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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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During the Battle of Princeton, a cannon ball went through a window of Nassau Hall of the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University) and hit a portrait of King George II (George III's grandfather and predecessor), lopping off his head. A mark made by another cannon ball that hit Nassau Hall during the battle can still be seen to this day. See more »

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Alexander Hamilton is shown as part of Washington's staff during the Battle of Trenton. Hamilton was an artillery officer during the battle and would not become a part of Washington's staff until after the Battle of Princeton, several weeks later. See more »

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Gen. George Washington: [after explaining his plan to Glover] Can you do it?
Col. John Glover: No, but I will.
Gen. George Washington: Now what the devil is that supposed to mean?
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Simply superb
29 May 2000 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

This movie was simply superb. Howard Fast consistently writes excellent fast-moving scripts that film themselves. The movies rarely do justice to history while "The Crossing" succeeded, but this movie can be enjoyed purely as entertainment, a terrific action thriller. Not only did Jeff Daniels fully live up to his role as Father of his Country, but the entire cast was uniformly excellent. Seriously, this movie truly conveyed a sense of what it means to sacrifice and to fight for freedom.

I'd also like to mention the excellent work of Sebastian Roche, who gets my award as the most versatile actor with accents since Meryl Streep. Believe it or not, Roche's biography has him born in Paris, France. Yet in "The Crossing" he plays a Maine Yankee. In Merlin, he played Sir Gawain. In "Liberty", the documentary on the Revolution, he played the Marquis de Lafayette. Although his performance was thoroughly captivating and sometimes moving, I thought his French accent for Lafayette, a genuine hero after all, was so over the top that it verged on being offensive. I couldn't help but enjoy it, but wondered if I would take so kindly to it if I was French. If Roche is French, I sincerely commend him for playing the role with a true sense of humor. His work is so good that I hope he gets his breakout role.

P.S. If you want to see another great performance, check out Philip Seymour Hoffman as Captain Joseph Plumb Martin in "Liberty." He got plenty of kudos in "Magnolia" and did a good job in "Scent of a Woman." When I saw him getting raves in "Magnolia", I was not surprised and very pleased. Let me just add that in "Liberty," there are a lot of terrific performances that may never be acknowledged, but make that documentary one of the best, most-moving in terms of emotional impact that I have ever seen.


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