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The Crossing is a stirring dramatization of General George Washington's surprise attack on the British Army's German mercenaries and the Battle of Trenton. Based on the book by Howard Fast, The Crossing brings to life Washington's historic passage across the Delaware on Christmas night, 1776 and the lopsided fight that followed.
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Jeff Daniels biography/filmography
- Roger Rees biography/filmography
- Historical quotes
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"The Crossing" tells the story of General George Washington's preparations to attack the Hessian soldiers (in service to Britain) at Trenton on Christmas 1776. The movie highlights the disagreements and personality conflicts between Washington and some of his key commanders, and the challenges of pulling off such a revolutionary attack.
The movie benefits from many quality actors and from its tight focus on the build-up to the crossing, the crossing, fight, and immediate aftermath. I don't think I'd known until watching this that Washington's men retreated back across the river after the attack.
My only real quibble with the video quality is that you can tell where the commercial breaks were from the original TV production airing. I would think that they could have edited the video together a little bit better so that those weren't as noticeable or else didn't exist at all on the DVD. It wasn't so bad that I couldn't enjoy the movie, but it was noticeable at least a few times.
I liked Jeff Daniels from his work in Ted Turner's Gettysburg/Gods and Generals and like him here as well. As with the two movies I've just mentioned, this one gives little bits of info on what happened to some of these historical figures after this battle.