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
This film was produced after an argument erupted between John Wayne and Republic's founder, Herbert J. Yates, over Wayne's desire to star in and direct his own version of the battle at the Alamo. Wayne and Yates, who used to talk regularly, never spoke to each other again. Ironically, when Wayne returned to Bracketvillle, TX--where this film was shot--five years later to make his own version of it, The Alamo (1960), he used many of the still-standing sets that were used in this film. See more »
Somebody apparently forgot to tell Arthur Hunnicutt to shave his beard..There is no portrait from life of David Crocket with a beard. See more »
While not totally historically accurate, this film is at least as accurate, if not more so, than most of the other Alamo epics. There are points in all the films that are arguable, if not totally wrong. However, I have researched most of the Alamo films and find this one more accurate from the viewpoint of the depiction of the Mexicans in the Alamo and some of the more personal facts about Bowie. For example, the death of his wife sometime before the start of the battle. No Alamo film is totally accurate, including the newly made Alamo with Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid. The important thing is that this is the story of brave men fighting a battle they cannot win against a far larger army. The spirit of the story is the important thing in this case.
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