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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.
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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.
Jeff Daniels is excellent as Washington pulling his dispirited troops together for a decisive action. Washington was taking a great risk, maybe the biggest of his career; by making a winter attack. Armies of this time, rarely, if ever, fought in the winter and Washington was going against convention by doing so. He was also conducting an amphibious operation which is one of the hardest operations to perform in warfare. Here the cooperation of others was critical. If the men under Colonel John Glover were unable/unwilling to give their all, Washington might just as well have stayed in camp. No boats, no action fairly well sums it up. Washington's troops could have muddled through and affected a crossing, but the element of surprise, I am sure would have been lost and no surprise meant a harder and more doubtful battle. Glover is the true unsung hero of the battle and it is good to see him recognized as such.
This film abounds in small points. The depiction of the Pennsylvania German troops in Washington's command is well done. The state of mind of Washington's troops, ofter overlooked, is shown in great detail. The use of period sites also was a big plus in the making of this film.
In all, I found this one of the best films about Washington's attack on Trenton and one that gives a new impression of the compexity in executing this battle. This film should be in the library of every person with an interst in early America.