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
John Wayne's film featured only Anglo men fighting at the Alamo, although this is not historically accurate. The film includes the character of Juan Seguin, a real Hispanic veteran of the Texas Revolution. Sadly, after the war, Texans began to suspect him of betraying them to the Mexicans, so he was forced to return to Mexico to avoid persecution. He ended up serving in the Mexican army and having to fight against his fellow Texans in the Mexican-American war. See more »
When Lt. Colonel Travis is departing from the house where he drops his son off, we see his black assistant standing next to his horse. In the next shot, the assistant is already mounted. See more »
[after it is proposed that Santa Anna be hanged]
No. You'll settle for blood. I want Texas.
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Being in my fifties, i was brought up on John Waynes ALAMO. Waynes Alamo is indeed a timeless piece of movie history and will ALWAYS be my favourite film, but this new ALAMO is a completely different kettle of fish.This is thoughtful and realistic, the characters are believable and honest, and the battle scenes moving. You cannot compare the two films, one is a Hollywood masterpiece, the other a work of modern day honesty. Thornton as Davy Crockett i though was a throughly believable person, and totally different to Waynes version. I was greatly surprised by the lack of success of the film at the box office and the poor reviews, nevertheless i would count this amongest my favourites. Full marks for the attempt at realism, and no false heroics, Crocketts admission that he was no hero, or grand person gave the whole film a feeling of warmth and beauty, it was a pleasure to watch.
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