Patriotic Philms Phor the 4th – #2 of 10 – The Crossing (2000)


In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole.  On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…

“No one hates the British like a Dutch merchant!” – Gen. George Washington

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In order to try and turn the tide of the Revolutionary War, General George Washington plans a risky attack on the enemy which would require him and his men o cross the frozen Delaware River on Christmas Eve 1776.

My Take on it – This is actually one of only two films on this list of 10 that I had never seen before and was hoping for a compelling story about the Crossing of the Delaware especially given the fact that it stars Jeff Daniels.

Unfortunately the story is told in a pretty bland and matter of fact way so that there is very little emotion from the characters along the way.

They do a nice job bringing forth the debate about Washington’s plan and how he wanted to urgently find a way to change the tide of the war and convince his volunteer army to continue the struggle.

The Crossing itself is obviously integral to both history and to the film, but they delegate very little time to it and that was a bit disappointing

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The friction between General Washington and General Gates portrayed in the film was very real. In fact, Gates was allegedly involved in a conspiracy known as The Conway Cabal, a plot to oust George Washington as Commander-in-Chief in 1778 and replace him with himself. Gates’ name surfaced again in the Newburgh Conspiracy, another plot to oust Washington in 1783. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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