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The Last Command (1955)

 -  Drama | History | Western  -  3 August 1955 (USA)
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Moderate Jim Bowie leads rebellious Texicans--and Davy Crockett--in a last-ditch stand against his old friend, Santa Anna.

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During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans.They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen,married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence.After serving as president for 22 years,Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant.He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern.Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy,given Santa Anna's power and cunning.Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces. Written by nufs68

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ERNEST BORGNINE as Mike the Bull --- a living legend, slashing master of the long knife...until he crossed blades with Colonel Jim Bowie! See more »

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When General Santa Ana's men and horses charge toward the Alamo, the tire tracks of the camera truck are visible in front of the horses. See more »

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Featured in The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) See more »

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Jim Bowie
by Sidney Clare and Max Steiner
Sung by Gordon MacRae
A Capitol Recording Artist
Arranged by Van Alexander (uncredited)
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While not historically accurate, very entertaining and well done.
16 October 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Good casting was the hallmark of this version of the Alamo. Sterling Hayden did an excellent job of playing Jim Bowie. History has changed the projection of these indomidable heroes, but the movies wouldn't be quite as popular if they portrayed Jim Bowie as an adventurer running from the law, Travis as a divorced lawyer. But Davie Crocket always manages to emerge as a real life hero. This and most other versions of the Alamo overlooks the fact that the Mexican army had just finished putting down rebellions all over Texas and the Mexican government was very generous in awarding newcomers homesteads free for the taking. But then came the Taxation, hence the rebellions of Texicans and Mexicans. The story was entertaining and left us feeling like the Alamo defenders were truly heroes.


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