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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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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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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

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Though he cast his lot with the Patriot cause, Major General William Alexander claimed to be the Earl of Stirling, a Lord in the Peerage of Scotland. The claim, however, was never fully substantiated. Officers (including Washington) and men alike often referred to him as Lord Stirling. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gen. George Washington: [after explaining his plan to Glover] Can you do it?
Col. John Glover: No, but I will.
Gen. George Washington: Now what the devil is that supposed to mean?
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Intelligent and Engrossing
11 January 2000 | by comquestSee all my reviews

A&E's original motion picture, The Crossing, is an excellent historical drama starring Jeff Daniels in a remarkably human portrayal of General George Washington and the events that led up to the Battle of Trenton.

This story of the Delaware crossing is fast-paced and, along with the action, offers an intriguing look into the military strategy, decision-making and sheer desperation that drove the Revolutionary Army to its first great victory.

The Crossing may be a TV movie, but it would be equally at home in theaters. Well done, highly recommended viewing.


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