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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

24 October 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alamo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,910,000 (USA)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) (1993 video release) | (1967 re-release) | (roadshow)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

United Artists reportedly pushed Wayne to hire Widmark as box-office insurance, and to give him the role of Travis. Widmark objected to the part but agreed to play Bowie. See more »

Goofs

The character played by Linda Cristal is called 'Flaca' several times, 'Graciela' by Emil and 'Maria de Lopez y Bejar' by Crockett. While 'Flaca' is obviously a nickname (it means "thin one" in Spanish), the first name inconsistency is never explained. See more »

Quotes

Travis' man: Hey, Davy! Is it true that you and Mike Fink fought a three day fight on the Mississippi?
Davy Crockett: That's just an example of the tall tales folks tell about me! Me and Mike fought all right, but we quit at dark. It wouldn't of been the third day until the next morning!
[laughs and rides off]
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Soundtracks

Green Leaves of Summer
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Sung by an off screen chorus
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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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