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12 September 2004 (USA) See more »
It's America's redeclaration of Independence.
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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  (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
Editorial Department
Don White .... post-production executive
Other crew
Jim Kochan .... historical consultant
Timothy Pickles .... military historian
Peter Twist .... technical advisor: military

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Your a bit too Patriotic, but i do love Canada..., 3 April 2006
Author: siegby-1 from United States

I agree with you on a couple of the points you had made, and am very disappointed that the History Channel would make something of such a poor-quality. However I do think that you are a little over-zealous in your patriotic nitpicking of this movie. You may not have meant to do that, but to a uneducated on the subject reader you may come across as a zany Canadien (which isn't all bad). The video states that America is the underdog. You disagree and we must agree to disagree. The War is divided into two sections commonly; the first phase, in which Britain sent a few blockades now and gain but nothing special, and the second phase after the war with he French in which they concentrated all attention on America. Now remember at the time Britain's Navy was the greatest in the world, had the arguably best Army as well. (After defeating one of the greatest military minds of his time in Napolean I agree) Now, because Britain is overseas from the United States, there must have been naval battles out there. Now take in mind that America's Navy at the time consisted of 15 rickety old ships already not in the best of shape after a brief war with Tripoli (spelling?) was all that was mustered, and that the U.S. army was cut by Thomas Jefferson, while the Embargo Act was drastically cutting funds, and Britain had allies in and Native American tribes, so almost it was like 1 on 2 how can you even consider the U.S. to not be underdogs. The country we were attacking was, Canada yes, but it wasn't the only country attacking, and also the British could, and did, reinforce after the war with the French. (Napoleonic Wars) Now your notion that the History Channel claims that America won the war is true, it does, and not at all subtly. But most historians do not agree on the victor. For one, the purposes of the war were expansion into Canada, which failed, so chalk one up for the British. But also it was because of the impressment of American soldiers into British service (By the way, your point on the fact that the British merely requested soldiers be returned to them is somewhat ridiculous, why would British soldiers fight in American armies for one?) Which ceased after the war, chalk one up for America. Also the war was a result of Britain attacking U.S. merchant, which stopped. Chalk one up for America. In my opinion though your best point by far was the one about the Canadians fighting off American forces, and because of this Briain won the War. Props for that. Chalk one up for Britain. So as you see it is undecided. Overall good movie. Also in response to that last paragraph of yours, I do not think that young viewers will think of America being invincible because of the current war in which 1-4 men can destroy cities. (Super-Terrorism is a horrible thing) But also this movie can't be that horrible as you say (in my opinion it was tasteful yet lacking in some areas, mainly informational areas), because it was nominated for a Emmy.

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