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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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10 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Review of " The First Invasion. The War of 1812 ", 31 March 2007
Author: julian-mazur from Toronto, Canada

I have read the reviews and as a Canadian I beg to differ in regard to this documentary. No wonder it was never shown in Canada. What do the film makers mean America won the War of 1812 ? You never conquered my country.

Consider these facts. In February, 1815 our British forces controlled the District of Maine; Prairie Du Chein in Wisconsin, ( This fort controlled the fur trade on the upper Mississippi and access to the Great Lakes. ), Fort St. Mary along with the town and Cumberland Island, Georgia and Fort Bowyer, Alabama.

And how much territory in Canada did American forces control in February, 1815 ? Oh yeah. None.

In addition to this the British were effectively blockading all eastern and southern American ports and six American states were considering succession from the Union. ( Hartford Convention. ) Now I want to set the record straight regarding the Battle of Baltimore. You did not give us a Stalingrad ! A small diversionary force of 4,000 British soldiers and sailors took on 12,000 American soldiers who stayed behind their walls of Fort McHenry and in the city while the rockets from the British ships tried to knock the well built walls of the fort down. After 25 hours the British stopped their bombardment and slowly withdrew. The Americans did not pursue us. The British left well satisfied because they knew they had greatly exceeded their original mission which was to take Washington D.C. We had also taken Fort Washington; Alexandria, Virginia; won two battles - Bladenburg and North Point and perhaps best of all, liberated approx. 2,000 black slaves in the Chesapeake area and took them away with us to start new lives as free people in Canada, Bermuda and Trinidad. We also liberated approx. 1,500 more slaves on Cumberland Island, Georgia and more were set free elsewhere. Why didn't the documentary tell the American viewers about all this ? As the Treaty of Ghent, Belgium makes clear, the War of 1812 ended in a draw but the British were clearly winning it.

It would be wrong to call the war, America's Second War of Independence as we only intended to take the Territory of Michigan from you to give to Britain's Indian allies as their own permanent land.

Finally, what should have been covered by this documentary were all the tens of thousands of American P.O.W's that were imprisoned at Melville Island, Halifax, Nova Scotia, at Dartmoor Prison in England and elsewhere. Believe me, their story needs to be told.

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