The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  26 January 1987 (USA)
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Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.



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Col. Black
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Senora Cos
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Michael Wren ...
Joe (Travis' servant)


The story of the famed siege of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, in which a small band of soldiers held off an overwhelming army under the Mexican general Santa Anna long enough to allow the Texan army to gather its strength. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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26 January 1987 (USA)  »

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Alamo - 13 Tage bis zum Sieg  »

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The final charge consists mostly of footage from The Last Command (1955). See more »


Although Travis ordered a uniform to be made, it was not ready by the time of the battle. See more »


Col. William Barrett Travis: This is not about land or money...but the one thing that no man should never be able to take from another man: the freedom to make his own choices about his life, where he'll live, how he'll live, how he'll raise his family.
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Excellent character development
5 May 2001 | by (Santa Clara, Calif.) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie because there was a genuine sincerity in the acting. The writing was top-notch. James Arness is a great actor and he showed it here. Brian Keith was too old to be Davy Crockett, and can anyone really play Davy but Fess Parker?

Another great actor in this move was Raul Julia, who gave depth to Santa Anna, a vain and complex person who led Mexico through turbulent times.

While some may think the movie was slow-paced, it captured the battle as it unfolded, lots of tedium followed by a couple hours of horrific terror.

What impressed me most about this movie is that it made you think about a cause and how some people are willing to die for what they believe in. In this day and age when nobody stands for anything, I found it refreshing to think that there was a time when people died for freedom, no matter how you may feel about the politics of the time.

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