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The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 9 April 2004 (USA)
Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

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Tom Davidson ...
Colonel Green Jameson
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Robert Prentiss ...
Albert Grimes
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Mial Scurlock
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Captain Almeron Dickinson
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Susanna Dickinson
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Private Gregorio Esparza (as Ricardo S. Chavira)
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Historical drama detailing the 1835-36 Texas revolution before, during, and after the famous siege of the Alamo (February 23-March 6, 1836) where 183 Texans (American-born Texans) and Tejanos (Mexican-born Texans) commanded by Colonel Travis, along with Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie, were besieged in an abandoned mission outside San Antonio by a Mexican army of nearly 2,000 men under the personal command of the dictator of Mexico, General Santa Anna, as well as detailing the Battle of San Jacinto (April 21, 1836) where General Sam Houston's rag-tag army of Texans took on and defeated Santa Anna's army which led to the indepedence of Texas. Written by Matthew Patay

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Drama | History | War | Western

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Rated PG-13 for sustained intense battle sequences | See all certifications »

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9 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,124,701, 11 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,414,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,819,961
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Patrick Wilson. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Colonel Travis is departing from the house where he drops his son off, we see Joe, his slave, standing next to his horse. In the next shot, Joe is already mounted. See more »

Quotes

William Travis: One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.
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Version of The Last Command (1955) See more »

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The Mockingbird Quick Step
Arranged by Craig Eastman
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Well Crafted Historical Film
26 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on opening day with high expectations. I am somewhat of an Alamo buff and wanted to see the event portrayed better than ever before. And it certainly was. The historical aspect was perfect. I've read up on the Alamo before, and all the details were accurate: the clothing, guns, uniforms,the way the battle unfolded, and even the weather. The acting, especially Billy Bob Thornton's, was excellent. Almost Oscar worthy. The casting was just as good. Each actor fits their rolls with almost uncanny perfection. Although Hancock isn't quite Spielberg, he is exceptional because he did a good job on the film, and he put a LOT of care into it. (no props, stage lighting, a 50 acre set, not to mention historically perfect)

The Alamo is no doubt a controversial film. Those who slam it seem to revert to the fact that it should have been directed by Ron Howard, and been more gory, glamorized, and shouldn't have been so compressed (the original version was over 3 hours). More Hollywood, is basically what they're saying. It's these same people who compare it to John Wayne's version, saying it should have focused on artistic merits rather than history. Personally, I don't know if these people would know the whole PURPOSE of the Alamo if it ran over them with a steamroller. Hancock's vision was to make an Alamo that actually had some history to it. He wanted to tell the story right for once. The way I see it, The Alamo has as many if not more artistic merits of John Wayne's version, but adds historical accuracy and tells it true, without sacrifcing the drama.

The acting, casting, and directing are great, the historical value superb, and the battles (especailly on widescreen) are breathtaking. Sure, it would have been better with more scenes and blood, but this is the best Alamo movie I've ever seen, and a good film anyway. Not perfect, but pretty darn close. 9/10 Stars.


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