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The Crossing (2000)

A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the Hessian forces at Trenton.

Director:

Robert Harmon

Writers:

Howard Fast (novel), Howard Fast (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Gen. George Washington
Roger Rees ... Gen. Hugh Mercer
Sebastian Roché ... Col. John Glover
Steven McCarthy ... Alexander Hamilton
John Henry Canavan ... Gen. Henry Knox
Ned Vukovic Ned Vukovic ... Gen. William 'Lord' Stirling
David Ferry ... Gen. Nathaniel Greene
Nigel Bennett ... Gen. Horatio Gates
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Gen. Sullivan
Duncan McLeod Duncan McLeod ... Williams
Andrew Kraulis ... Billy
Kelly Harms ... Tommy
Jonathan Watton ... Cadman
Kris Holden-Ried ... Capt. Heineman (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Chris Williamson Chris Williamson ... Officer
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Storyline

In 1776, less than six months after the Declaraton of Independence, the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, was on the brink of utter defeat. Low on men, cannons and supplies, Washington decides to risk everything on one last desperately daring attack on the town of Trenton where over 1000 of the feared Hessian mercenaries are garrisoned. However to do that, the army must cross the Delaware to a seemingly hopeless battle that would turn out to be more successful than Washington ever dreamed of. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Washington needed a victory, they got a miracle.


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Trivia

The friction between General Washington and General Gates portrayed in the film was very real. In fact, Gates was allegedly involved in a conspiracy known as The Conway Cabal, a plot to oust George Washington as Commander-in-Chief in 1778 and replace him with himself. Gates' name surfaced again in the Newburgh Conspiracy, another plot to oust Washington in 1783. See more »

Goofs

Alexander Hamilton is shown as part of Washington's staff during the Battle of Trenton. Hamilton was an artillery officer during the battle and would not become a part of Washington's staff until after the Battle of Princeton, several weeks later. See more »

Quotes

Gen. George Washington: Now you hear me and you hear me well. You will ride out of my camp. You are not to discuss what has occurred here tonight, not with your staff, not with your men. Put your pistol on him, Alex, and go with him. See him onto his horse and out of this camp, and if he tries to take his men with him, shoot him.
Gen. Horatio Gates: You would not dare.
Gen. George Washington: Try me, General Gates. Only try me.
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An excellent film that held my attention from the beginning.
31 August 2001 | by nz manSee all my reviews

Ever since I was a young school boy, I have seen the famous painting of General Washington crossing a river in a boat. Now I can appreciate just how significant this event is in the history of the USA. This film was a very pleasant surprise - one of the many 'sleepers' that never get much publicity (at least not here in NZ) but is in fact a quality film that is well worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crossing See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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