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The Alamo (1960)

Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 24 October 1960 (USA)
In 1836, 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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The Mission That Became a Fortress, The Fortress That Became a Shrine See more »


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24 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,910,000 (USA)
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Runtime:

| (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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(Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The Ybarra set was later used in several films and each made additions. By 1985, however, the set was mostly in ruins, and much of it was pulled down. Using plans and period drawings, the set was rebuilt for Alamo: The Price of Freedom (1988) on its old foundations, this time to full scale under Production Designer/Art Director Roger Ragland. The new set is still in use. Both Lonesome Dove (1989) and Bad Girls (1994) have used the historically correct façade. See more »

Goofs

Just prior to an explosion on the wall during the first battle, several Texans are seen from behind watching the Mexican attack. One of the "Texans" is an obvious wooden dummy, costumed and placed to absorb the greatest impact of the explosion. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Sam Houston: I hope they remember. I hope Texas remembers.
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Connections

Version of The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of the Alamo
(uncredited)
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by an off screen chorus
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The Academy was blatantly unfair to this epic
16 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read many of the comments about this movie and have researched the actual event as extensively as I can. I find it difficult to understand how people could deem this movie categorically inaccurate in any way. It is indisputable that no one really knows the exact way the main characters died although Bowie in the infirmary with a bad leg is, perhaps, the only clear inaccuracy. Susannah Dickinson (one of the 3 survivors) testified that she saw Crockett's body in the compound within 20 minutes of the end of the battle with his "peculiar hat" next to him. This makes it unlikely that he was lined up and executed. It is also indisputable that these men could have run, but chose to stay, clearly understanding their probable fate. Reading Travis' letter to Houston just days before the final battle can leave no doubt of the heroism of these men. Is it not, therefore, infinitely more believable that perhaps Crockett did discuss the meaning of the word "Republic" with Travis (possibly the most emotional scene in the movie)? John Wayne researched the actual event and location meticulously. The actual original plans of the mission were used to ensure the Alamo Village was correct. Costumes were identical to those depicted in every book of Mexican military history I have seen.

I have seen "The Apartment"-winner of the 1960 best picture academy award. Its clear that Groucho Marx and the rest of the voters made a decision to scoff at Wayne in particular and patriotic historical epics in general. For, in my opinion, "The Apartement" is inferior. The Alamo should have won 5 Oscars (best score; best song "Green Leaves of Summer"; best supporting actor-Chill Wills; best movie and best sound).I also think Laurence Harvey should have been nominated for best actor.

I do agree with all of those that lament the deletion of certain scenes from the DVD version. How could MGM leave out the scene of the 32 Tejanos arrival at the Alamo. It is central to the movie and the actual historical event. The death of the Parson should also have been included.

It will always be one of my favorites.


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