A small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

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In 1836 General Santa Anna and the Mexican army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Houston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans' route at all costs. Travis' small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, but as the situation becomes ever more desperate Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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They stood firing until they could stand no longer...156 MEN AGAINST A RAGING ARMY OF 7000! See more »


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24 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Alamo  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,910,000 (USA)
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| (director's cut) (1993 video release) | (1967 re-release) | (roadshow)

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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

John Gavin was in the running for the Ken Curtis part. See more »

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The movie makes an attempt to recreate the iconic bell-shaped facade of the church, but in fact, that was not added until 1850 by the U.S. Army. At the time of the battle, the roof of the church was flat all the way around the entire structure. See more »

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Jethro: Colonel Travis, I'm an old man... but you're wrong.
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Eyes of Texas
Courtesy of Students' Association, University of Texas
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One of the best of the best!!!!
24 March 2004 | by (West Sacramento, California) – See all my reviews

John Wayne did an outstanding job on this film. It was overlooked at the Academy Awards and unjustifiably so. It was beautiful, costumes were outstanding and very true to type. The actors were wonderful and I believe should have been more acknowledged for the great job they did in protraying those truly brave men at the Alamo! I have this on DVD and watch it probably at least twice a year. The music, just to listen to the music, is an experience; beautiful and haunting. The horses were beautiful, the scenery was beautiful. Everything about this movie was beautiful. John Wayne, an American institution, a lover of this country and a true patriot deserved an academy award for directing this great film. I cant say enough great things about it. One of my favorites of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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