- The Crossing (film)
name = The Crossing
director = Robert Harmon
producer = Robert W. Christiansen
writer = Howard Fast
starring = Jeff Daniels
music = Gary Chang
cinematography = René Ohashi
editing = Zach Staenberg
distributor = Arts and Entertainment Network
released = 10 January 2000 (television premiere)
runtime = 89 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0210628
"The Crossing" is a
2000A&E filmbased on the novel of the same name by Howard Faststarring Jeff Daniels as George Washington. Also appearing in the film are Roger Reesas Hugh Mercer, Sebastian Roche as John Glover and Steven McCarthy as Alexander Hamilton. "The Crossing" won a Peabody Awardfor excellence in 2001. [http://www.peabody.uga.edu/news/pressrelease.asp?ID=57 ]
This drama is about
George Washingtoncrossing the Delaware Riverand the Battle of Trentonduring 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!!!
*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 Gatesconfronts 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.
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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