The Crossing (film)


The Crossing (film)

Infobox Film
name = The Crossing


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director = Robert Harmon
producer = Robert W. Christiansen
Delia Fine
Rick Rosenberg
(executive producers)
writer = Howard Fast
narrator =
starring = Jeff Daniels
Roger Rees
Sebastian Roché
Steven McCarthy
music = Gary Chang
cinematography = René Ohashi
editing = Zach Staenberg
distributor = Arts and Entertainment Network
released = 10 January 2000 (television premiere)
runtime = 89 min.
country = United States
language = English
budget =
gross =
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amg_id =
imdb_id = 0210628

"The Crossing" is a 2000 A&E film based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast starring Jeff Daniels as George Washington. Also appearing in the film are Roger Rees as Hugh Mercer, Sebastian Roche as John Glover and Steven McCarthy as Alexander Hamilton. "The Crossing" won a Peabody Award for excellence in 2001. [http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/pressrelease.asp?ID=57 ]

Plot summary

This drama is about George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War. The film opens with the retreat of the Continental Army across New Jersey after repeated catastrophic defeats during the campaign of 1776. After the army narrowly escapes across the river to the Pennsylvania shore, Washington, realizing that something must be done or the Revolution will collapse, conceives a plan to cross the river and conduct a surprise attack on the Hessian garrison at Trenton. Despite their own fatigue and the winter weather, the army crosses the river, attacks Trenton on December 26, 1776, and gains a stunning victory. yes!!!

Historical errors

*Hamilton appears as an officer on Washington's staff, when he would not actually join Washington's staff until some time later.
*Hamilton and another soldier are shown storming a German guardhouse and killing the Hessians inside to prevent them from raising the alarm. No such incident took place.
*In the film, Horatio Gates confronts Washington with a long, defeatist rant, after which Washington has him thrown out of the camp. In reality, Gates left camp on his own to report to Congress in Philadelphia.
*The film shows snow falling in some scenes where the soldiers are marching, but the ground is bare and the Delaware River is clear. In real life, the Delaware was full of floating chunks of ice and the crossing and attack took place in a snowstorm..
*At the end of the film, Mercer tells Washington that no Continental soldiers were killed and none were wounded. It is true that no rebel soldiers were killed in the battle, but four were wounded, including two private soldiers and two officers: the General's cousin William Washington, and future President James Monroe.

ee also

*Washington's crossing of the Delaware
*Fisher, David Hackett. "Washington's Crossing." Oxford University Press USA, 2004, 576 pages. ISBN 0195170342
*Ketchum, Richard. "The Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton". Owl Books, 1999, 448 pages. ISBN 0805060987

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References

External links

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