The Crossing

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Jeff Daniels stars as George Washington in the historical drama The Crossing, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette, historical quotes, and biographies and filmographies of the cast. This is a solid release from ...
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Overview

Jeff Daniels stars as George Washington in the historical drama The Crossing, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette, historical quotes, and biographies and filmographies of the cast. This is a solid release from A&E.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette; Jeff Daniels biography/filmography; Roger Rees biography/filmography; Historical quotes; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This low-cost production is high on historical accuracy and overall quality. Credit its success mainly to Howard Fast's intelligent script, Jeff Daniels' realistic portrayal of Gen. George Washington, and the cinematographer's rousing action sequences. Because of its length, its faithfulness to history, and its fast-moving plot, the production is ideal for showing to history students. In the film, Daniels is almost exactly the same weight, height, and age as Washington at the Battle of Trenton. But what really makes his performance convincing is his textbook depiction of Washington as a steady, conscientious, and sometimes irascible leader who refuses to yield in the face of battlefield losses, dwindling supplies, and a force of just 2,400 ragtag volunteers under his command. Though appearing only briefly, Sebastian Roche also performs brilliantly. He portrays Col. John Glover, the salty New Englander who finances his own army unit, the Marblehead Fishermen, and secures the boats to ferry Washington and his troops across the Delaware River in a heavy snowstorm on Christmas night, 1776. Throughout the production, Fast's script incorporates historical facts that educate the viewer about how perilously close the colonial army was to losing the war, and how important Washington was to turning the tide. One major disappointment in the production is the filming locale -- Ontario and Alberta, Canada, rather than eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. The scenery may look authentic, but just knowing that it isn't spoils the sense of realism the film achieves in other ways. Nevertheless, The Crossing is a good film, fully deserving its Peabody Award, its American Society of Cinematographers' Award, and its Emmy nomination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • UPC: 733961706277
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,715

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Daniels George Washington
Roger Rees
Sebastian Roche Col. John Glover
Technical Credits
Robert Harmon Director
Howard Fast Screenwriter
Michael Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Delaware River
2. Get Those Boats
3. We Must Endure
4. Plea for Help
5. Trenton
6. The Future of Our Struggle
7. Preparation
8. 2,000 to Cross
9. Cast Off
10. Attack in Daylight
11. Eight O'Clock
12. Surrender
13. Ready to March
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      The Making of "The Crossing"
      Historical Quotes
      Biographies and Filmographies
         Jeff Daniels
         Roger Rees
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jeff Daniels plays the part of his career

    This movie is more than excellent. Jeff Daniels is perfectly cast as George Washington. He brought out the humanity of a man that has been deified by the country. The supporting roles are also excellently played. An absolute must see for any history buff.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Determination of George Washington

    This story covered the conflicts and problems that Washington and his generals faced due to the lack of proper equipment, clothing, and rations in their attempt to overtake the Hessian troops located in Trenton, New Jersey. The settings of the different locations were very true to life and times that the conflict occurred. The actors made you feel like the events were happening right now, not more than 200 years ago. It made you wish you could thank George Washington and his army for taking such a tremendous chance; so that America could be a free nation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is about leadership

    This movie is a must see for CEO's and Managers. Washington realizes the success of his army hinges on his staff. When you watch the film, pay particular attention to Washingtons interaction with his officers and men. You'll see he is tough when he needs to be (such as threatening to shoot a fellow General) as well as being a coach and motivator. First rate film on leadership.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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    Excellent depiction of Washington's defeat of the Hessians on Ch

    Excellent depiction of Washington's defeat of the Hessians on Christmas Eve. Good acting and re-enactment sequences make this film worth viewing again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than expected

    I purchased this movie sort of on a whim as a gift for my husband because he shares George Washington's birthday. I thought it would be fun to give him something that had to do with Washington and the reviews sounded positive. As it turns out this was an excellent film and we enjoyed it more than most of the movies we've watched lately. Jeff Daniels' performance helped me see Washington as a real person rather than a textbook figure. The story shows how fragile our nation was at the beginning and how our founder risked everything for the cause he believed in. The accurate and detailed depiction of that time period was very well done. I highly recommend this movie. It is such an inspiring story of courage and determination in the face of extremely grim odds. In my opinion everyone should see it especially those of us who are blessed to be Americans!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another American Triumph

    If it wasnt for General George Washington crossing the Delaware river and winning that battle we would not have won the revolutionary war and there would be no United States of America.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I saw this on satellite tv, it was the best!

    I loved this movie and can't wait until it's released. I usually don't go for this kind of movie but it totally held my attention. It was the best ever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    A marvelous little movie about a crucial event in American history.

    This no-nonsense film captures the gloom and despair that was felt by General Washington and his officers just days before their historical crossing of the Delaware River and attack on the superior Hessian garrison in Trenton, New Jersey. If miracles do happen this unbelieveable event is a testimony to it. Whether you are a U.S History geek on not won't matter. This story will draw you into it's drama and force you to be witness to the most crucial event in American History. This is not a sweeping epic like ''Gettysburg'', but rather a small film that depicts the last days of a dying Colonial army and the miraculous revitalization of a dream. All the films characters are portrayed well by a solid cast. Jeff Daniels is especially convincing as the gloomy and irritable General George Washington. The photography by Rene Ohashi places you right in the unfolding events, and Gary Chang's musical score adds relevance and emotion without detracting from the simplicity of the film. Robert Harmon's direction is right on-the-mark, and the set designs and costumes are historically accurate. If you like ''Rocky'' type movies where the underdog eventually comes out ahead, then pull up a chair and get ready for an unexpected treat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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