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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Karl Pruner ...
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Williams
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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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10 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Die Schlacht am Delaware  »

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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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The British soldiers in the skirmish at the river bank are wearing uniforms from the French and Indian War, instead of the type in use during the Revolution. The cut is completely different, especially noticeable in the very large sized cuffs. 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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A must see for true patriots
25 December 2001 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

Too often we forget about our nations roots, this movie reminds us how fragile freedom can be. The story of how one man made such an impact on the future of America must be kept and retold for all times (as all great American stories should). If you're looking for great effects this may not be for you, if your looking to be grounded in your freedom and reminded of what it took to secure it, this is perfect for you. Just a snapshot of Gen. Washington's life, kudos to Jeff Daniels for taking this role.


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