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Actors: Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché, Steven McCarthy, John Henry Canavan
Director: Robert Harmon
Genres: Drama, Television, Military & War
Studio: A&e Home Video Release Date: 02/11/2003 Run time: 100 minutes Rating: Nr
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Thomas F. (hardtack) from GAINESVILLE, FL
Reviewed on 1/6/2018...
Just a couple bits of trivia viewers of this movie should be aware of.
1) Alexander Hamilton was not Washington's aide at the time of the battle. He didn't take that post until six weeks after the battle. Before that he was a captain of artillery and served in that role at the Battle of Trenton.
2) The Hessians weren't drunk or weary from celebrating on Christmas Eve. Outposts had reported the advance of Washington's troops. As a result, the Hessian troops were awaken and formed ranks in the street, stood there for awhile, then returned to quarters. This happened more than once. But because the American army was late in meeting its schedule, Washington had wanted to attack at dawn, the Hessian commander, finally convinced it was a false alarm, let the troops go back to their beds. Which is where they were found asleep when the American army did attack.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 4/5/2010...
very good movie about Washington and the early revolution. Well worth watching.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Washington and the Battle of Trenton
Matthew S. Schweitzer | Columbus, OH United States | 03/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderfully done made-for-cable movie about George Washington and his famous victory at the Battle of Trenton in the winter of 1776. Starring Jeff Daniels as General Washington, this film brings an important episode in American history vividly to life. We see the broken remnants of the Continental army as it races to avoid capture following their defeats in New York. The British, close on the heels of the retreating rebels, have written the Americans off as being on the verge of total surrender. Washington, tired and beaten, realizes that he must make one last attempt to achieve victory or all hope for the revolution will be lost. Against the judgement of his officers, Washington prepares to launch a desperate offensive against a large force of Hessian troops occupying the town of Trenton, just across the Delaware River in New Jersey. The future of the new United States hangs in the balance as the rag-tag army bets all or nothing on this dangerous gamble. Well written and with money well-spent, The Crossing is a dramatic telling of this important moment in American history, and one that I would recommend to teachers, students, and history enthusiasts alike."
A well acted and accurate accounting of the historical event
historyone | Republic of Texas, USA | 03/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the last 10 years or so, Hollywood and cable TV has finally started to get it right when they make movies (Widescreen or TV) about historical events, and The Crossing is no exception. This is a well acted account of one of the major events of the War of Independence. Jeff Daniels portrays a superb George Washington, who was at times very impatient and hot tempered. History seems to gloss over the imperfections and vulnerabilities of our nations beloved figures, however this movie shows Washington to be flawed and tired at times like the rest of his army was.The uniforms,locations, and camp life were accurate as well as the filth and harsh existence the Continental Army had to go through. The movie did an excellent job of trying to film the famous battle, which definitely caught the Hessians by suprise.Overall, a well acted, accurately portrayed Revolutionary War movie."
A History Must See!
Ted King | Claremore, Oklahoma United States | 05/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A&E's The Crossing, starring Jeff Daniels as General George Washington, is one of the best historical productions I have ever seen. The movie tells of General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River to attack the Hessians in Trenton, New Jersey on December 25th, 1776. This is a very important story for Americans to know. The American War of Independence was almost lost by the end of 1776. In The Crossing, Jeff Daniels with an excellent supporting cast, recreates that period of an American cause in dire straits. General Washington and his men with pure tenacity, win a critical battle that saved the American army from disintergration. The acting, atmosphere and music make this production inspirational and top notch.
One of the best historical presentations you will see!"