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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Language out of character

Author: baxvendor from United States
23 February 2010

While I was struck by how powerful of a moment in history this was, I'd have to downgrade my rating due to a couple of things. The graphic nature of some of the violence was perhaps more than necessary; however, what disturbed me most was the out-of-character tolerance of profanity among the men and worse than that, his own use of profanity.

On August 3rd, 1776, General George Washington was so distressed by the use of swearing and cursing among his men that he issued the following order to all of his troops: "The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish, and wicked practice, of profane cursing and swearing (a Vice heretofore little known in an American Army) is growing into fashion; he hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavour to check it, and that both they, and the men will reflect, that we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety, and folly; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it."

A great injustice has been done by portraying George Washington's character in a manner that is far less than he really was. I have not idealized him either, but know that some aspects of how he has been characterized are not accurate. How much more rich it would have been to have included such a quote in this movie, but do the producers see that this wouldn't be entertaining enough or maybe they shaped his character more so according to what they thought he must have been like? Why not seek to dig deeper to bring challenge for those today to consider the character of a man that is rarely seen in Washington today? What a lost opportunity to have made this movie of an unsurpassed quality.

Read for yourselves about the real George Washington and be careful not to succumb to Hollywood's depiction.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A small film that is historically accurate

Author: OriginalMovieBuff21 from United States
1 May 2005

I saw The Crossing about 4 months ago in History class, since we were studying about the Revolutionary War and about George Washington crossing the Delaware river. I was surprised of how accurate it was. I mean almost everything in it was the truth. The performances were really good and Jeff Daniels played a great role as George Washington. Overall, a good little film or TV show that was very entertaining. If you also like violence in films, you will be sure to like this one because there are enough violence to look at but I guess if you don't really like violence, then I don't think this is a film to see. I recommend it to a lot of people.

Hedeen's Outlook: 8/10 *** B

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

One of the Best History Movies I Have Seen!

Author: Connie Johnston ( from Burlington, Wisconsin
17 December 2001

I usually don't like history movies, however, this film showed me a different side of history that I enjoyed to learn about. There are plenty of satirical remarks that keeps the movie a little less conservative. However, if you do not like blood or gore, there is a little bit of gruesome tone to certain parts of this film. There is also some inappropriate language so it is not recommended for small students. I enjoyed the movie and recommend it to anyone who likes or even dislikes History movies. My congratulations to the entire cast and crew who made this film what it is!

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Great blood and guts war flick!

Author: kahnrad from South Bend, IN
2 February 2000

This movie is a great blood and guts war flick as well as a good historical drama. The director creates a realistic setting at the original location, Trenton, NJ. The movie explores difficulties Washington overcame to keep the Revolutionary Army together. There is some graphic violence, however, it is brief. A movie that you can enjoy if you watch it ten times over.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Good historic lesson but unfit for young student viewing

Author: Denny Keyes ( from Willow Grove, PA
10 January 2000

This was a long overdue film as there has been so little done on the Revolutionary War. I learned from it and hail the educational value involved in the events. However, I find it most unfortunate that it contains highly offensive language as well as close-up scenes of graphic bloody violence. I am reasonably certain that many young students were watching this on advice from teachers and parents, only to have it turned off by a great many responsible adults because of these objections I have mentioned. Otherwise, it was very well done.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A pretty good movie -- but what irony!

Author: Jacqueline Fry from Richmond Hill, Ontario
11 January 2000

I quite enjoyed 'The Crossing'. Jeff Daniels is a world away from his character in 'Dumb & Dumber', playing the future 1st President of the USA. He gives Washington a stolid, taciturn manner, which is offset in some moments by needed levity (to boost the morale of his men). I admired the way Washington would give up at nothing to secure some sort of victory for what was left of his army. He was desperate, yes, but didn't lose his dignity. I found the rest of the acting uniformly good -- the brief part by Sebastien LaRoche (did I get that name right?) was perfectly done.

My only beef -- and don't get me wrong is that this movie about a famous event in American history was filmed in TORONTO, ONTARIO! I had a feeling the cast was mainly Canadian when I saw a few familiar faces. I mean, the filmmakers saved some $ by filming up here, but the power of the story was nullified somewhat by finding out about the film location.

Overall, though, a good movie and recommended for history buffs.

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Overhyped attempt to merge history with drama fails.

Author: Falco-8 from Illinois
11 January 2000

Thoroughly mediocre Cable TV adaptation of Howard Fast's Revolutionary War novel dramatizing the events leading up to The Battle of Trenton. Jeff Daniels stars as General Washington and his measured portrayal of the General as a grimly determined and quietly desperate man is virtually the sole highlight of the film. He quite accurately presents us with Washington' flashes of anger and subtle lack of military self esteem while preserving the dignity and strength of character that made Washington such a superb leader of men.

However virtually all the remaining characters are written and played as stereotypes. In particular, Nigel Bennett {a fine character actor I must say} is given the thankless task of playing Horatio Gates as a comically sniveling villain.

As far as historical accuracy goes the film displays just about the average level of Hollywood's contempt for historical accuracy.

All in all, quite disappointing for any fan of historical drama.

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

accurate, dull A&E original

Author: Christopher Taylor (Yodelling Llama) from Moscow, ID, US
11 January 2000

A&E's original historical movies tend to be extremely accurate (A&E, after all, owns the History Channel and has something of a reputation to uphold), but also tend to be a bit slow. The Crossing is no exception. Jeff Daniels & Co. are, in general, fine in their roles, but far too little plot and conflict occurs for this "war" film for it to be particularly entertaining.

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