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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 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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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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The Battle of Trenton was over in less than an hour. American losses were 2 killed and 5 wounded. One of the wounded was Lieutenant James Monroe, the future Fifth President of the United States. Lieutenant Monroe was also reputed to be the man standing next to George Washington and holding the American flag in Emanuel Leutze's famous painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware". Also, it was widely believed that the Hessians were intoxicated as a result of their Christmas celebrations. That has been proved by historians to not be the case. See more »

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On December 20, 1776, outside Trenton, General Stirling tells General Washington that General Gates's army "will be with you by nightfall". This conversation is in full daylight, yet Washington then checks his watch and the time is 5:00 - by which time the sun would already have set. (And indeed, in a later scene we see it fully dark at 5:10 pm on December 25). See more »

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Gen. Horatio Gates: In eleven days' time the enlistments run out. Your men will not attack a fly before then. Why should they? They need only sit tight and go home.
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A good historical drama
21 December 2001 | by XRANDYSee all my reviews

An interesting and fairly accurate portrayal of the events that led to the Reveloutionary Army's crossing of the Deleware River and subsequent victory at Trenton. Daniels does a good job, but his middle-brow demeanour lacks the artistocratic nature of Washington.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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