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No, General George Washington did not cross the Delaware river standing in his boat as Emanuel Leutze's famous painting shows. But this historical story is still pretty darn exciting. On Christmas Day in 1776, it seems the American Revolution is destined for failure. Washington (Daniels) has only 2000 troops left and the Continental Army has continually been defeated by the British. But Washington wants to make a final push--a surprise attack on the Hessian garrison at Trenton. Adapted by Howard Fast from his novel.

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Available on Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Period Piece: 18th Century, Historical Drama, Big Battles, Christmas, True Stories, Military: Army, Books to Film: Howard Fast, Revolutionary War
Howard Fast
Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastien Roche, Steven McCarthy, John Henry Canavan, Ned Vukovic
Robert Harmon

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The Crossing
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The Crossing was a really good historical non fiction movie. The main character was George Washington played by Jeff Daniels. Also John Glover was played by Sebastian Roach, Hugh Mercer was played by Roger Rees, and Alexander Hamilton was played by Steven McCarthy. This movie is about how the colonists cross the Delaware river. At the time George Washington was not the president. He was just a general. The colonists were losing the revolution badly to the British. The Delaware River was about to freeze. General Washington decides that they need to cross the river to get away from the British. That is the part in the painting. Once they get to the other side, Washington knows that as soon as the river freezes the British will walk over and attack the colonist. Washington thinks that the British will be occupied on Christmas morning. The Colonists plan to walk across the Delaware and surprize the British. Their plan worked. One of my favorite dramatization parts from the movie was when the colonists took the boat from the farmer. He started yelling and getting really mad. It was really good acting. It made me feel like I was there. The movie also had really good sound effects life the walking sounds and the gunshots. One thing that this movie taught me about life in the american revolution was that even colonists that weren’t fighting helped out. They did as much as they could. Some of the colonists were willing to give up their houses as meeting headquaters and somewhere for the general to sleep. Another thing that the movie taught me was that the colonists did what the general told them to. Even if it was something you didn’t want to do, most of them did it. Life was a lot different back then. I think that this movie did a good job of communicating its message. I think the purpose was to teach you a little bit more about when Washington crossed the Delaware and the American Revolution. I barely knew anything about when Washington crossed the delaware before I saw this movie and now I know a lot. If someone wants to learn about when Washington crossed the Delaware or loves history, then I would definetly recommend this movie to them.