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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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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Die Schlacht am Delaware  »

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Alexander Hamilton attended King's College (now Columbia University) in New York. One of his classmates was George Washington's stepson, Jack Custis. See more »

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At the end of the movie we find out what happened to the various characters. We are told that Gen. Hugh Mercer was killed by a gunshot wound, when in fact he was killed by bayonet wounds suffered in the battle of Princeton. See more »

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Col. John Glover: The boats are ready, sir. The men are ready as they're going to be, provided we can cross that damn river at all.
Gen. George Washington: What was that?
Col. John Glover: About the men sir?
Gen. George Washington: No, something about not crossing the river? Glover, you have been a pain in my ass and a thorn in my side since the day I first met you. You'd have been a general by now, if not for your pithy bitching.
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One of The Best Made-for-TV Movies
17 September 2003 | by (Mount Vernon, Washington) – See all my reviews

Excellent production with fine acting by Jeff Daniels as Washington. The rest of the cast is also very good. Daniels transformed the stern and stiff George Washington from portraits into the daring and inspiring leader he was. I am beginning to think of Jeff Daniels as being in the same class as Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper; a true professional. The actual Battle of Trenton was portrayed accurately and serves to reinforce my gratitude for our Founders' courage and dedication to liberty. Jeff Shaara's account of the battle in his excellent book, The Glorious Cause, also depicts Washington as a gambler when the potential rewards justified the risk. I hope it is re-run soon but if you don't see it on TV, buy or rent it.


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