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12 September 2004 (USA) See more »
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It's America's redeclaration of Independence.
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Mark D. Hutter ... James Madison
Sally E. Bennett ... Dolley Madison
Dave Fagerberg ... General Andrew Jackson
H. David Wright ... General Samuel Smith
Craig Fisher ... Major George Armistead
Victor Suthren ... Admiral Alexander Cochrane
William Rachel ... Captain Edward Codrington
Ray Gardner ... General John Armstrong
David Williams Lamb ... Steve Brazelton
Cynda Carpenter-Abolt ... Mary Pickersgill
Alan Gephardt ... Francis Scott Key
Harold R. Raleigh ... General Robert Ross
Doug DeCroix ... Captain George Glieg
Dave Jurgella ... General John Stricker

Timothy Pickles ... Sir Edward Packenham
Peter Twist ... Colonel Robert Rennie
Bill Sheets ... Colonel Robert Rennie
Jay Eben ... General John Gibbs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xavier Allen ... Charles Ball
Gilbert Gomez ... 39th USI Soldier

Edward Herrmann ... Narrator

Jim Kochan ... Himself
Dave O'Donnell ... Andrew Jackson / Francis Scott Key (voice)
Martin O'Malley ... Himself
Greg Whalen ... British Officers, others (voice)

Directed by
Gary Foreman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Chemerka 
Arthur Drooker 
Gary Foreman 
Dolores Gavin 

Produced by
Gary Foreman .... executive producer
Dolores Gavin .... executive producer
Carolyn H. Raine .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Arkenstone 
 
Cinematography by
Lance Barber 
Michael Bowie 
James Ewing 
Rick Thompson 
 
Film Editing by
Andy Pickard 
 
Art Direction by
H. David Wright 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Pickles .... second unit director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Groth .... digital imaging technician
David Saldivar .... video tape operator
 
Other crew
Jim Kochan .... historical consultant
Timothy Pickles .... military historian
Peter Twist .... technical advisor: military
 

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Why is this rated so low?!, 19 December 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I cannot understand why the current rating for this is so mediocre. Perhaps it's because the war itself wasn't much of a war--but this is all the more reason to love and appreciate this long and extremely rich documentary. That's because VERY FEW films have ever talked about this war--so few that I would venture to say that a huge percentage of Americans know absolutely nothing about it.

Using the usual great narration, photos, recreations and music, the film spins a fine tale. It also re-frames the story as not just a war between an upstart America and a world-class super-power (Britain), but goes so far as to say it was like a second war for independence. I loved this film from start to finish but particularly admired how one long gunman (whose identity is cloaked with the ages) who actually turned the tide after the horrible loss of Washinton, DC to the Brits. Well worth seeing--and well worth seeing again.

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