Classic Film Series: The Crossing

Ogunquit Performing Arts continues its 16th annual Classic Film Series
Sunday April 23, 2017 —2 pm with the showing of
“The Crossing”
at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit.
Admission and parking are free. Free popcorn, too.

In celebration of Patriots’ Day, Ogunquit Performing Arts offers a special screening of the historical drama, “The Crossing” on Sunday, April 23, 2017 — 2 pm at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit. The film will be shown on a full wall-size screen, admission is free, there is plenty of free parking, and popcorn is served, too! Make this exciting film a part of your official Patriots’ Day weekend!

The Crossing

Jeff Daniels stars as George Washinton in the patriotic adventure, “The Crossing”, the seventh presentation in Ogunquit Performing Arts’ 16th Annual Classic Film Series, is to be shown on Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2 pm at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit. Free admission.

Jeff Daniels stars as George Washington in this historical reenactment of the Battle of Trenton and the crossing of the Delaware. Winner of the 2000 Peabody Award for Excellence, The Crossing is directed by Robert Harmon, and features Roger Rees as Hugh Mercer, Sebastian Roche as John Glover, and Steven McCarthy as Alexander Hamilton.

Adapted by screenwriter Howard Fast from his own fact-based novel, the film tells the story of one of the most unexpected triumphs of the American Revolutionary War.

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. In December 1776, the armies of General George Washington are near the point of collapse; short on money and supplies, ravaged by disease, their numbers thinned by desertion, and freezing in summer uniforms in the midst of a brutal winter, it seems all but impossible that the Colonial Army can hold out much longer against the British Army and their allied German Hessian forces.

After the army narrowly escapes across the river to the Pennsylvania shore, Washington meets with his officers. In possession of the only boats of any use on that stretch of the Delaware River, the army has a reprieve from further pursuit until the river freezes and they must retreat again, leaving Philadelphia open to capture.

Washington conceives a plan to cross the river and conduct a surprise attack on the Hessian garrison at Trenton. The situation makes the plan appear all but impossible to Colonel John Glover, but due to his loyalty to Washington, he agrees to take the army across. On Christmas night, the Hessians will be feasting and drinking, so the morning after, while still in darkness, the Continentals must take the fight to them while they are sluggish and hung over. The officers have only a few days to prepare their troops and weapons, and the soldiers, until it is time to cross, must be told no more than necessary.

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 in the morning on December 26, 1776, and achieve a stunning victory, capturing almost all the Hessian garrison.

The Crossing is shown on a full wall-size screen, admission is free, and popcorn is served!
Mark your calendars for the next and final Classic Film showing this spring:
Sunday May 7, 2017—2 pm: The Benny Goodman Story

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