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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)
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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Canadian's Opinion!, 31 May 2011
Author: jonez68 from Newmarket, ON

I watched this documentary precisely because of the negative reviews written by the ignorant Canadians on this site. When I read their commentaries, I knew that this documentary would be a valid, compelling, and above all, factual account of the War of 1812. Why? Have you ever heard the idiom, "The truth hurts?" I'd surmise that for the Canadians that watched this documentary, it was the very first time that they came in contact with the facts relating to the War of 1812.

Canadian mythos and historical fact are diametrically opposed to one another. During a Canadian child's formative years, he or she mustn't learn that Canada is a feckless, irrelevant, parasitic, kvetching, British colony. To learn this truth would cause unrest in the minds of Canadian society. Who would want to learn that the land they live in is a gross underachiever and a cowardly fence sitter? Nobody would. So the social engineers within Canada have constructed an alternative history that is disseminated to the masses. Agitprops, like the CBC and other media and entertainment outlets, must conform to Canadian content (CanCon) laws. These laws facilitate and encourage purposefully deceitful content to reach the minds of Canadians.

What is this alternative history? In a nutshell, anything that would suppress the troublesome truths about Canada. Counterfactual history and historical revisionism related to the War of 1812 is just one of many topics that gets CanCon treatment.

The War of 1812 occurred nearly 60 years BEFORE Canada was confederated. Canada was not a belligerent nation during the conflict. The nations that warred with one another were the United States of America and Great Britain. The local populace living in what is now known as Canada were British subjects. Any Canadian militia that fought during the War of 1812 had done so under the Union Jack flag and under British leadership.

But what about these local "Canadians?" What was their contribution during the war? Simply put, they had surrendered to the Americans in 1813 during the Battle of York. York had been the capital of the province known as Upper Canada. During that battle, American soldiers had ransacked and burned down Parliament and the Governor's house. Private homes had also been pillaged. After the town razing, the Canadian, colonial government surrendered to the Americans. Canadian militia had surrendered to the Americans, practically without firing a defensive shot. For more information on Canada's specious militia history, google "the Militia Myth." In order to create and bolster Canadian self-esteem, Canadians are taught that Canada did not suffer abysmally during the war, as history informs us. They are even taught to, absurdly, take credit for British victories during the conflict.

The United States of America met all of their stated goals during the War of 1812. Great Britain stopped impressing Americans into the British Navy, Great Britain agreed to stop the trade restrictions they had tried to place on America and Great Britain stopped its support of American Indians. For these reasons, the War of 1812 was fought and won by the Americans.

This documentary accurately describes this monumental American achievement with clarity. I highly recommend that you watch it. If you're a typical Canadian suffering from Canada's main malady (inferiority complexity), you may squirm in your seat as you watch this documentary. You'll likely get upset at hearing the truth and decide to write a negative review on IMDb. It's the only therapy you'll have because at the end of the day, you still live in a feckless, irrelevant, parasitic, kvetching, British colony.

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