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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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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$17,262,932 (USA)
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Technical Specs

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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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable and Charlton Heston, the two actors John Wayne wanted most to do the film, both expressed regret at not taking the parts they were offered. Heston declined the role of Jim Bowie out of political ideology--he was a liberal Democrat at the time and Wayne was an ultra-conservative Republican; later when Heston diametrically changed his political views he said he regretted turning down the role), and Gable passed due to to the age difference between himself and William Travis and also because he didn't want to commit himself to a big-budget picture with a first-time director. Gable's family later said that he wanted to do the film as a way to do "a macho film" to escape the typecasting of Gone with the Wind (1939) as a romantic lead. See more »

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At the Alamo, Jim Bowie receives a letter informing him that his wife and children recently died of cholera. In reality, Ursula died Sept. 10, 1833, 2½ years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Davy Crockett: Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat - the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound as a man. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.
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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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If you love the uncut version, then DON'T buy the new DVD
12 December 2000 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

I love this movie as much as anyone, but the recently released DVD is inexplicably almost half an hour shorter than the version of this film that has been in release on video and laserdisc for years. Why, oh why MGM/UA did this, I don't know, but I know I am not keeping my copy of it. I got worried when this new version didn't have an overture...but I can live without that. However, when Richard Widmark's first scene occurred and over half of it was missing, I could only groan.

Shame on you MGM/UA. This movie is more than a classic for a good many of us. You should release the cut that you have been putting out for years now, the one that is 3 hours, 10 mins.


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