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

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Col. John Glover
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Gen. Henry Knox
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Gen. Sullivan
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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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Also among the American wounded at Trenton was George Washington's cousin, William Washington who would later distinguish himself at the Battle of Cowpens. 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: Surrender. This revolution is over.
Gen. George Washington: So we surrender. We weigh the pros and cons and reason prevails. But you see, sir, I am an unreasonable man as well as a poor soldier. But you are right. My men are not soldiers. They are lads. Sixteen, seventeen, eighteen. They run away. They fear the Hessians as they fear death. All this is true. Yet they have put their trust in me. They could have deserted. Thousands have. But these lads have not. They remain with me. And I, not you, General Gates, *I* ...
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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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