The Crossing (2000 film)

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The Crossing
DVD cover of the movie The Crossing.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Robert Harmon
Produced by David Coatsworth
Screenplay by Howard Fast
Based on The Crossing 
by Howard Fast
Starring Jeff Daniels
Roger Rees
Sebastian Roché
Steven McCarthy
Music by Gary Chang
Cinematography Rene Ohashi
Editing by Zach Staenberg
Production company Chris/Rose Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
A&E Television Networks
Country United States
Language English
Original channel A&E (US)
Release date
  • January 10, 2000 (2000-01-10) (USA)
Running time 89 min.

The Crossing is a 2000 historical TV film about George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton, directed by Robert Harmon. Based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast, it stars Jeff Daniels as George Washington. Also appearing in the film are Roger Rees as Hugh Mercer, Sebastian Roche as John Glover and Steven McCarthy as Alexander Hamilton.

Plot summary[edit]

The film opens with the retreat of the Continental Army across New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War, after repeated losses and 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, Washington manages to lift his weary soldiers' spirits, allowing the army to cross the river on the night of December 25–26, 1776. The crossing is done in one night, allowing the troops to attack Trenton at eight o' clock on December 26, 1776, and gains a stunning victory, capturing almost all the Hessians to their own advantage.

Main cast[edit]


The Crossing won a Peabody Award for excellence in 2000.[1] Cinematographer Rene Ohashi also won the 2001 ASC Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Mini-Series/Pilot",[2] and the film's sound team was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"[2]


  1. ^ 60th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2001.
  2. ^ a b IMDb: Awards for The Crossing Retrieved 2013-04-27

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