Joined: Feb 09, 2004 Posts: 1820 Location: New Jersey
Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:09 am Post subject: "The Crossing"
Hell yes I know it is late, as I just returned from a 4 hour drive from hell to and from NYC. Don't ask, as I am glad to spare you the crappy details.:)
Just wanted to post about a movie that has nothing to do with the CW, but one I watched last evening, and thoroughly enjoyed. "The Crossing" starring Jeff Daniels and Roger Rees about the crossing of the Delaware River back in 1776.
Don't claim to be on top of Revolutionary War facts and figures, but just thought it was a well written, well acted piece on this event that focuses on NJ in late 1776. A very quick 2 hours viewing wise. As per usual, am so late in reporting opinions about books and films, and this film came out in 1999, so am six years behind, but that said, I thought it was a fine flick.
The movie was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, and while I enjoyed the story immensely, no way Toronto can ever pass as the Garden State..:)
That said, am sure most in here have seen it, but for those who have not, when you get a chance, spend the couple of hours watching it. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Joined: Mar 20, 2004 Posts: 2524 Location: By the winding Allegheny
Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:17 am Post subject:
Being you are from the Garden State, I am surprised you of all folks haven't seen this movie before now. I saw it the first time and thought it was a great piece of art in action. Its one of my all time favorites in the library. One of my favorite quotes from the movie was this --
"My men are not soldiers. They are lads. The have put their trust in me. They could have deserted -- thousands have -- but these lads have not. They remain with me, and I command this army, and if I, a bumbling Virginia farmer, should decide to lead them to hell, they will follow me into hell."
Jeff Daniels, as George Washington in the 1999 movie The Crossing
Loved Sebastian Roche' as Glover. Wonder how many CW generals could have said those same words and got the same response.
Glad you finally discovered this one, its worth it !
Mindy _________________ There is nothing so kingly as kindness; there is nothing so royal as truth.
We watched it when it first showed on A&E, and I bought the DVD since at Greystone's in Gettysburg and watched it again. It's a great film - takes some dramatic license with the facts (like all of them) but it's wonderfully filmed and very well acted.
My favorite line was when Washington, getting into the boats to cross for the attack, tells his portly artillery chief (who's name escapes me) "Don't swing your balls too much, you'll sink the boat!"
I couldn't help but make the Daniels-Chamberlain connection.
When Daniels/Washington says, "The army will ADVANCE!", stressing the last word, there's no one who couldn't think of "Gettysburg" and his LRT line of "BAYONETS!!!"
Someone mentioned that they played with all the facts. I'd be curious what they think the film got wrong.
One guess is that Horatio Gates didn't really resign himself to the thought and express that "the revolution is over" to Washington or anyone.
I didn't think Washington cursed, but he did a couple times in this film. _________________ "Let us have faith that right makes might..."
- Abraham Lincoln
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