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The Alamo (1960) Poster

(1960)

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Anachronisms 

The soldiers sing "Happy Birthday to You" to a little girl, 57 years before it was written. (This song is only heard in the longer "Director's Cut" version of the film on VHS or LaserDisc, not the generally available 160 minute DVD version.)
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The distinctive Alamo church sports upper windows that were not installed until about 15 years after the battle. There are other architectural inaccuracies, too.
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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.
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Susannah Dickinson's dresses have an obvious zipper. Zippers weren't invented until 1914 and weren't used on dresses until the 1930s.
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The film is set in 1836 but one of the soldiers is seen using an 1873 Springfield Trapdoor rifle.
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During the final attack one of Santa Anna's men appears to throw a hand grenade into a fort building which immediately explodes.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When a soldier is riding his horse, we can hear the horses hoofs clopping on the ground. When the horse jumps into the air to jump over a fallen log, we can still hear the clopping noise even when the horse is in mid-air.
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Character error 

Sam Houston refers to the Alamo as being on the Rio Bravo (aka Rio Grande) when the Alamo is located on the San Antonio River.
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Continuity 

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.
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In a scene where Travis rides a horse, the shadow changes direction several times.
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When Capt. Dickinson announces to Col. Travis that Bowie is approaching, there is a soldier on the Travis' right-hand side pulling up a cannon by a rope. It cuts to the next shot and the same soldier appears only gesticulating to orient whom actually is pulling the rope. Then, from one shot to another, the cannon appears on the wall.
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In the critical scene where Bowie and Crockett are on horseback, ready to depart with their troops, Col. Travis makes his farewell speech. His shadow then changes directions several times.
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When the Mexicans begin the siege of Alamo, Col. Travis uses a lunette to watch them, while Capt. Dickinson takes notes on his left-hand side. Between shots, seen from behind, Dickinson is on the Travis' right hand side.
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After Col. Travis reprimands Bowie, Crockett remains talking to him. At one point, Crocket leans his hands on his hips. Next long shot he appears with his arms crossed.
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Gen. Houston's shadow changes direction when he reads the letter delivered by Smitty.
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The Tennessee volunteer who falls onto a bench while holding a woman on his shoulders disappears.
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At the end of the film, when Lisa Dickinson is being led away from the Alamo on a mule, a large smudge appears on her left cheek when she is being led past Santa Anna that was not present when she was placed on the mule.
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As Davy is walking with Graciela through the woods after convincing his men to fight, his hat which he has under his arm flips 180 degrees between shots.
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When Crockett and his men arrive at the Alamo, he stops and is standing with his rifle across his body in both hands. When the camera angle changes, the rifle is upright and he is leaning on it.
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When Crockett and his men arrive at the Alamo, and he is standing in front of his men, he is a few feet away from Bowie. When the camera angle changes, he is standing right next to Bowie.
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At the beginning of the movie after the meeting at the Alamo Sam Houston is riding away. Behind him is the character Jocko riding a mule. Later, Jocko is one of the defenders saying a final goodbye to his family.
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When they're getting ready to stuff the mud down the big Mexican cannon, the cannon goes from completely clean to totally covered in mud between camera cuts.
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When Travis tells everybody to go to their battle posts, Crockett and Bowie leave together, but when Crockett gets to his post, Bowie is already there.
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In the church, the shadows of Beekeeper and Bowie's torches appears on the wall behind. It is supposed to be the only light inside came from the torches.
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Talking to Crockett, Flaca grabs the window wide open grates with her both hands. In the following shot, shown from inside, she is leaning the right part of her body on the window and maintaining only the left hand on the grate.
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When Crockett and his men arrive at the Alamo, and he is standing in front of his men, Beekeeper is several feet back dismounting his horse. When the camera angle changes, he is standing right behind Crockett.
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When Beekeeper takes the guitar from the Mexican in the cantina, the musician is clearly holding it left-handed, yet Beekeeper takes it right-handed and proceeds to apparently play and sing: not impossible but highly unlikely.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the battle sequences mobile trailers are clearly visible.
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When Jim Bowie fires his multi-barrel gun on the wall you can see a wire attached to the back of the gun as he lowers it.
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Errors in geography 

The real Alamo in San Antonio faces west. In the movie you see a sunset behind the eastern facing Alamo.
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While planning the Alamo's defense with Crockett and Bowie, Travis says Fannin is coming to their aid from Goliad and "will move south by the first of the week." Goliad is south of San Antonio. To help the Alamo, Fannin would need to move north.
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Factual errors 

By dawn, the battle at the Alamo was all but finished. It was essentially a night action.
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Col. Travis was shot in the forehead and died on the north wall early in the final battle.
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The Battle of the Alamo was fought at night, not during daytime.
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Jim Bowie is shown in bed suffering from injuries received in an explosion during the siege. In reality, throughout the siege he was bedridden because of an illness believed to be pneumonia, typhoid or tuberculosis.
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The opening scene of the movie shows Sam Houston giving orders to William Barrett Travis to hold off the Mexican army until he could build an army. In reality he sent Travis to the Alamo to help Jim Bowie burn it down and retreat to Gonzales, Texas. Bowie and Travis ignored the order.
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Col. Travis' last speech in the plaza asking for those who would to stay to the end did not show him draw a line in the sand with his sword. In reality two survivors, Moses Rose and Susannah Dickenson both reported he did.
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There are numerous inaccuracies in the depiction of the events of the real battle.
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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.
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Characters react to news of massacre at Goliad. That took place two weeks after the Alamo fell.
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In the movie, Flaca reads a letter that was ficticiously written by Mexican Dictator Santa Anna. She calls his first name as "Miguel" when in actuality his name was Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
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In the battle Santa Ana wears a Shako helmet. That is the hat all of his foot soldiers wore, not him.
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After the first major skirmish, a rider arrives and notifies Travis and the others that Colonel Fannin would not be coming with reinforcements as he and his men had been ambushed and murdered. In fact, Fannin and his men were captured and murdered in the town of Goliad, TX three weeks after the Alamo had fallen.
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Miscellaneous 

The word Magazine is backwards when Crockett tries to blow it up.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Travis is killed he falls to the ground face down. As the Mexican soldiers overrun that position, one of them kicks Travis's hand. Some people think incorrectly that this is actor Harvey deliberately moving his hand to avoid being stepped on.
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Revealing mistakes 

Stuntmen can be seen falling onto mattresses.
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During the last Mexican army attack, a dead soldier folds his right arm, approaching his hand to his head.
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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.
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During the first attack by the Mexicans, you can see the Alamo's right side window (by the fence) is black after being burned from the huge explosion at the end of the film. This is clearly seen when they show a close up of Crockett at the fence area.
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