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First Invasion: The War of 1812 (2004)

Elaborate reenactments are juxtaposed with comments by historians in this glossy review of America's "Second War of Independence" against Britain (1812-15). Included: the causes of the ... See full summary »


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


Elaborate reenactments are juxtaposed with comments by historians in this glossy review of America's "Second War of Independence" against Britain (1812-15). Included: the causes of the conflict; American designs on Canada; the burning of Washington D.C.; the Battle of New Orleans. Edward Herrmann narrates.

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It's America's redeclaration of Independence.







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12 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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7 September 2008 | by gideonlpSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this docudrama. I am now 80 and went to universities for my degrees back in the 1940/50 era. At that time we had more class coverage in history of the early days of the US. I do remember the War of 1812 being covered, but not as much as given in this presentation. Now as I read the comments of the Canadian, it is apparent that his emotions are getting the best of his judgment and feelings for understanding the realities. Of note is the attrition of the forces in the line charging and slaughter of the front rows as they advance. Modern armies would never do that sort of charging, at least not since the British tried charging the German lines that way, almost, in the Great War (known today as World War I). Historical events are now past, emotions for the most part are healed. Taking sides to belittle any part in the events past is ridiculous and will never change what happened.

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