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

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Robert Harmon

Writers:

Howard Fast (novel), Howard Fast (teleplay)
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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 Kelly Harms ... Tommy
Jonathan Watton ... Cadman
Kris Holden-Ried ... Capt. Heineman (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Chris Williamson Chris Williamson ... Officer
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schlacht am Delaware See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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During the attack, when a cannon has been fired, in the next scene, at the bottom-left of the screen, an air ramp can be seen shooting one of the Hessians into the air. See more »

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Gen. Horatio Gates: Those big Durham boats of yours make damn good targets. Even a Yankee gunner couldn't miss them.
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Simply superb
29 May 2000 | by mc3852See all my reviews

This movie was simply superb. Howard Fast consistently writes excellent fast-moving scripts that film themselves. The movies rarely do justice to history while "The Crossing" succeeded, but this movie can be enjoyed purely as entertainment, a terrific action thriller. Not only did Jeff Daniels fully live up to his role as Father of his Country, but the entire cast was uniformly excellent. Seriously, this movie truly conveyed a sense of what it means to sacrifice and to fight for freedom.

I'd also like to mention the excellent work of Sebastian Roche, who gets my award as the most versatile actor with accents since Meryl Streep. Believe it or not, Roche's biography has him born in Paris, France. Yet in "The Crossing" he plays a Maine Yankee. In Merlin, he played Sir Gawain. In "Liberty", the documentary on the Revolution, he played the Marquis de Lafayette. Although his performance was thoroughly captivating and sometimes moving, I thought his French accent for Lafayette, a genuine hero after all, was so over the top that it verged on being offensive. I couldn't help but enjoy it, but wondered if I would take so kindly to it if I was French. If Roche is French, I sincerely commend him for playing the role with a true sense of humor. His work is so good that I hope he gets his breakout role.

P.S. If you want to see another great performance, check out Philip Seymour Hoffman as Captain Joseph Plumb Martin in "Liberty." He got plenty of kudos in "Magnolia" and did a good job in "Scent of a Woman." When I saw him getting raves in "Magnolia", I was not surprised and very pleased. Let me just add that in "Liberty," there are a lot of terrific performances that may never be acknowledged, but make that documentary one of the best, most-moving in terms of emotional impact that I have ever seen.


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