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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Martha Washington's grand-daughter, Mary Custis, was married to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. One of their descendants was actor Robert Duvall. Jeff Daniels appeared with Duvall, as Lee, in Gods and Generals (2003). 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

Col. John Glover: The boats are ready, sir. The men are ready as they're going to be, provided we can cross that damn river at all.
Gen. George Washington: What was that?
Col. John Glover: About the men sir?
Gen. George Washington: No, something about not crossing the river? Glover, you have been a pain in my ass and a thorn in my side since the day I first met you. You'd have been a general by now, if not for your pithy bitching.
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A must see for true patriots
25 December 2001 | by rfrauliSee all my reviews

Too often we forget about our nations roots, this movie reminds us how fragile freedom can be. The story of how one man made such an impact on the future of America must be kept and retold for all times (as all great American stories should). If you're looking for great effects this may not be for you, if your looking to be grounded in your freedom and reminded of what it took to secure it, this is perfect for you. Just a snapshot of Gen. Washington's life, kudos to Jeff Daniels for taking this role.


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