History Film / TheCrossing

16th Jan '18 12:37:50 PM jamespolk
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* WhereAreTheyNow: Sort of anyway. The characters are all long dead (of course), but the epilogue reveals their fates.

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* WhereAreTheyNow: Sort of anyway. The characters are all long dead (of course), but the epilogue reveals their fates. (Hugh Mercer was killed less than two weeks later at the Battle of Princeton.)
3rd Jan '18 11:33:45 AM eowynjedi
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* CrazyEnoughToWork: This is essentially Washington's plan. He's throwing the whole of his forces (which are not in any good condition) against a garrison that is made up of the enemy's most feared troops (who are in very good condition). It's certainly true that the British wouldn't expect such a thing, but every single person Washington explains the plan to stops at the "crazy" part.



* IdiotBall: General Howe withdrawing all of his troops except for the 1200 Hessians. Washington is both incredulous and insulted to realize that his army is NotWorthKilling.


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* NotWorthKilling: General Howe, the British commander, withdraws all of his troops except for the 1200 Hessians in Trenton because he's written the Americans off as already defeated. (Historically, Rall's superiors also refused numerous requests to bolster defenses.) Washington is shocked, and also insulted.
3rd Jan '18 11:23:52 AM eowynjedi
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Although it takes some liberties with the facts of the battle (see HollywoodHistory for details) ''The Crossing'' portrays the struggles of Washington and the Continental Army in a realistic and unromantic way.

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Although it takes some liberties with the facts of the battle (see HollywoodHistory for details) ''The Crossing'' portrays takes a distinctly human view of the struggles of Washington and the struggle. The Continental Army is portrayed not as a plucky band of irregulars but a weary, demoralized remnant in a realistic dire need of supplies and unromantic way.
a boost to morale. Washington, who is known for being mythologized as much as he is for his historical significance, is shown as a human being who is frustrated and at his wits' end trying to keep what's left of his army from disintegrating while his generals, loyal and plotters alike, question his admittedly desperate plan. The result makes it clear how close the Revolution came to dying before it was even a year old, which makes the victory at Trenton even more impressive.



* AnAssKickingChristmas: Yup. Actually a part of Washington's plans, at least in the movie and popular legend.

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* AnAssKickingChristmas: Yup. Actually a part of Washington's plans, at least in The river crossing begins on Christmas night, and the movie and battle itself the morning of the 26th. The film goes with the popular legend.legend that the Hessians were too hungover from their celebrations to mount an effective defense and that Washington timed the battle to take advantage of this.



** Very much so. It's actually one reason he feels obligated to make one final attempt at a victory, because he feels he owes it to the lads who have not deserted.

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** Very much so. It's actually one reason he Washington feels obligated to make one final attempt at a victory, because he feels he owes it to the lads who have not deserted.deserted. He also shouts at a group of officers who are huddling inside rather than freezing alongside their troops.
2nd Jan '18 8:37:38 PM eowynjedi
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* BadassBookworm: Henry Knox, who is mocked by Glover for being fat and ran a bookshop before the war, is an ''excellent'' artilleryman.
** "Excellent" doesn't quite cover it. General Knox (for whom Fort Knox, Kentucky was named) was considered a natural genius in the use of artillery by his British enemies, and has come to be considered one of the greatest artillery officers the world has ever seen.

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* BadassBookworm: Henry Knox, Knox (the namesake of Fort Knox) who is mocked by Glover for being fat and ran a bookshop before the war, is an ''excellent'' artilleryman.
** "Excellent" doesn't quite cover it. General Knox (for whom Fort Knox, Kentucky was named)
artilleryman. In fact, he was considered a natural genius in the use of artillery by his British enemies, and has come to be considered one of the greatest artillery officers the world has ever seen.



* DarkestHour: The American Revolution had a lot of very, very low points, but the end titles state that this was the worst of them.

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* DarkestHour: In December 1776, the Continental Army under Washington has been enduring defeat and retreat for many months, pushed out of New York and across New Jersey, and the few who haven't deserted are still going to be gone once their enlistments run out at the end of the month. The American Revolution had a lot of very, very low points, but the end titles state that this was the worst of them.them.
* DawnAttack: Washington ''wants'' this, but the crossing proceeds so slowly that it's past sunrise by the time his army arrives.



* DistractedByTheSexy: General Howe, apparently. According to Mercer, Howe's torrid affair with a married woman is the main reason he hasn't totally crushed the Continental Army.



* AFatherToHisMen: Very much so. It's actually one reason he feels obligated to make one final attempt at a victory, because he feels he owes it to the lads who have not deserted.

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* AFatherToHisMen: AFatherToHisMen:
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Very much so. It's actually one reason he feels obligated to make one final attempt at a victory, because he feels he owes it to the lads who have not deserted.



* FeeFiFauxPas: When Washington's officers dine with the wealthy couple who have offered their home up for army headquarters, Glover gives a brief speech about how he wears his own clothes and not a uniform, and his hair is his own and not a powdered wig. Their wig-wearing host and his wife look uncomfortable until Washington smooths things over.



* FourStarBadass: Washington, front and center.

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* FourStarBadass: FourStarBadass:
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Washington, front and center.



** A key part of Washington's plan (and why it still succeeds despite running into daylight) is that the Hessians are hungover from their Christmas celebrations. Although some of Washington's staff ''did'' truly think this would be the case, the Hessians had been warned that the Continentals were planning something and apparently did not revel, although they were still caught off-guard.

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** A key part of Washington's plan (and why it still succeeds despite running into daylight) is The common wisdom that the Hessians are hungover from their lost because of German Christmas celebrations. Although some of Washington's staff ''did'' truly think this would be In actuality, it had more to do with the case, the Hessians had been warned fact that the Continentals they'd stopped routine precautions (such as distance patrols). Even though they were planning tipped off that something was going on and apparently did not revel, although thus suspended their revelries, they were still caught off-guard.unprepared for the magnitude of the assault. Some of the Continental officers consequently did believe that Hessian hangovers contributed to their victory and said so in their letters, which is probably why the myth survives.



** In the movie, the Americans suffer no casualties. In the real battle, two men died of hypothermia during the march, while two were killed and two were wounded in the battle itself. (Which is still an astoundingly low number, but not EverybodyLives.)



* ItsPersonal: Washington is absolutely livid at the Hessians for killing his retreating troops in Brooklyn.

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* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Mercer says "I'm more physician than general" before entering into a summation of how dire the army's condition is.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: An Irish innkeeper (and Patriot spy) at first refuses to drink from the bottle of Madeira he's just given Washington. Then Washington tells him about the plan. The innkeeper immediately asks if he can have a glass.
* ItsPersonal: Washington is absolutely livid at the Hessians for killing his retreating troops in Brooklyn.Brooklyn, bayoneting them in the back as they tried to flee or surrender. The regular soldiers feel the same way; during the final battle they are merciless to the Hessians and Washington watches without sympathy.



* PsychoForHire: Washington's opinion of the Hessians. In reality, most of the foot soldiers were ill-treated conscripts who had no say in being shipped off to fight in America.

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* PsychoForHire: Washington's opinion of the Hessians. In reality, truth, most of the foot soldiers were ill-treated conscripts who had no say in being shipped off to fight in America.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: A battle against ''Hessians'' fought by ill-trained, dispirited farmers and militiamen and [[spoiler:and there were no Continental casualties? Yeah right!]][[labelnote:*]]In fact, there were two casualties... but they died of hypothermia, not Hessians.[[/labelnote]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gates gives one to Washington. Washington more or less responds with "go to hell" and takes his troops.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: A battle against ''Hessians'' fought by ill-trained, dispirited farmers and militiamen and [[spoiler:and there were no Continental casualties? Yeah right!]][[labelnote:*]]In fact, there were two casualties... but they died of hypothermia, not Hessians.[[/labelnote]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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Gates gives one to Washington. Washington more or less responds with "go to hell" and takes his troops.
3rd May '17 11:29:31 AM CosmicFerret
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''The Crossing'' is a 2000 made-for-TV movie that aired on A&E, depicting the first Battle of Trenton in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. It stars Jeff Daniels as UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and follows him through December, 1776 as he tries to find a way to save his army and the Revolution from disintegration after a desperate retreat across the Delaware.

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''The Crossing'' is a 2000 made-for-TV movie that aired on A&E, depicting the first Battle of Trenton in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. It stars Jeff Daniels Creator/JeffDaniels as UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and follows him through December, 1776 as he tries to find a way to save his army and the Revolution from disintegration after a desperate retreat across the Delaware.
16th Sep '16 1:46:15 PM althesmith
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**Played straight, then averted: Washington starts giving one to Colonel Glover, calling him a pain in the ass and a thorn in his side, then goes on to call him a damned fine soldier and the bravest man he knows, and would he please be so good as to have his men ferry his troops over the river?
25th Aug '16 5:38:17 PM BobTanaka
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* OhCrap: A small squad of Hessians manage to get into formation to fire on a line of Patriots...then the American line splits and a canon is wheeled into place right in front of them.
17th Jul '16 10:31:20 AM MisterRandom2
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-->'''Owner''': "Then God damn him for the bandit that he is!"

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-->'''Owner''': "Then God damn him for the bandit that he is!"is! How am I gonna make a living?! ''Who's gonna pay me??!!''"
17th Jul '16 10:30:01 AM MisterRandom2
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* WhatTheHellHero?: At the beginning of the movie, Washington orders Glover to commandeer a fleet of boats from a local foundry so that they may escape the British. Needless to say, the foundry owner isn't too happy.

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* WhatTheHellHero?: WhatTheHellHero: At the beginning of the movie, Washington orders Glover to commandeer a fleet of boats from a local foundry so that they may escape the British. Needless to say, the foundry owner isn't too happy.
17th Jul '16 10:29:40 AM MisterRandom2
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* WeAREStrugglingTogether: Both General Lee and General Gates think that they should be in charge, and Washington's staff bicker amongst themselves quite a lot.

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* WeAREStrugglingTogether: Both General Lee and General Gates think that they should be in charge, and Washington's staff bicker amongst among themselves quite a lot.lot.
* WhatTheHellHero?: At the beginning of the movie, Washington orders Glover to commandeer a fleet of boats from a local foundry so that they may escape the British. Needless to say, the foundry owner isn't too happy.
-->'''Owner''': "My God, sir, is this your 'Revolution'? Is this your 'liberty and equality'? To destroy a man's business? To rob him of his property?!"
-->'''Glover''': "I follow my orders, sir."
-->'''Owner''': "Whose orders?"
-->'''Glover''': "General Washington."
-->'''Owner''': "Then God damn him for the bandit that he is!"
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