The Crossing (2000)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  10 January 2000 (USA)
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A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the British forces at Trenton.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gen. Hugh Mercer
Col. John Glover
Gen. Henry Knox
Ned Vukovic ...
Gen. William 'Lord' Stirling
David Ferry ...
Karl Pruner ...
Gen. Sullivan
Duncan McLeod ...
Kelly Harms ...
Capt. Heineman (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Chris Williamson ...


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 <>

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Die Schlacht am Delaware  »

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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 »


When Washington is lying on the bed the bottom of his boots are visible. The boots are curved for the left and right foot, but during the Revolutionary War, there was no such thing as a left boot or a right boot, they were straight. See more »


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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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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