Re: who was Martin? &

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Posted by Brian T. Evans on January 11, 2000 at 19:12:45:

In Reply to: Re: who was Martin? & posted by Rich on January 11, 2000 at 08:10:19:

: : Mo'nin, all,
: : I was watching "The Crossing" last nigh. Jeff Daniels is still stuck in my mind from Dumb and Dummer, even though he's done so much serious stuff since. Maybe they picked him because of his nose. Hmmmmm... Anyway, I was searching around in the Internet Movie Database on the people in the movie and one of them was said to be in LOTM as a character called "Martin" but I have no idea who this refers to. Does anyone know of a Martin in LOTM? (I can't remember which actor in "The Crossing" -- I'll go back and see if I can figure that out.)

: : Ta.
: : Sarah M.

: Martin ... Ok, OFF the TOP of my head (I could be wrong here), but, I believe Martin (with a French pronounciation) was in the script, but never recognizably made it to the film. He's a character at Cameron's Cabin (day). Yes? So, who he was in "The Crossing," I have NO idea. I don't even know who he was in LOTM!

: We also watched "The Crossing" ... Lainey wasn't too overly impressed with Jeff Daniels as Washington. I thought he, and the film, though not superlative, by any means, were enjoyable. It was a different Washington one saw, as opposed to our usual stereotypical impressions. A Washington with impatience, irritability, cool, determined force of will, humor ... all came across nicely. Good supporting cast, nice music ... Glad to see a rendition, ANY rendition, of one of early America's critical moments!

I personally thought that the crossing was a better than average movie. Jeff Daniels was a good cast for the role of Washington for several reasons. He is a good actor for one due to the wide variety of roles he has done and pulled them of extremely well. Mostly though it was phisical simularities. Daniels and Washington are the same height,and the same age at this point in history. Remeber that this was the lowest point during the war for the Continental army and Washington so there wasn't alot of pleasent feeling between the officers, so I thought they puuled that of very well. The only part of the movie I had real trouble with was the Battle of Trenton itself. All through the movie they kept talking about how many troops both sides had, but when the battle came there was not enough soldiers present. I also know what it like to shoot a movie with extras and reenactors, having been involved with one myself before, but the lack of Hessiens in the battle was a little absurd. I guess they didn't have enough uniforms for them. My final beef with the movie was the artilley. Field artillery shells at that point in history didnot explode. Field Artillery shells from the War between the States didn't even make that big of an explosion. That's Hollywood for you.

Brian T. Evans

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