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The Alamo (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  9 April 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. William Ward
Tom Davidson ...
Colonel Green Jameson
Robert Prentiss ...
Albert Grimes
Micajah Autry
Mial Scurlock
Stephen Bruton ...
Private Gregorio Esparza (as Ricardo S. Chavira)


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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Ordinary men. Extraordinary heroes. See more »


Drama | History | War | Western

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

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Release Date:

9 April 2004 (USA)  »

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$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,124,701 (USA) (9 April 2004)


$22,406,362 (USA) (16 July 2004)

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An extra had grabbed a bag of Doritos from Craft Services before being called to the set. He stuffed it into his costume and got into formation. When action was called, the group charged across the field. When he was "shot" and fell dead to the ground, his bag of Doritos popped out. The scene had to be re-shot and from then on everyone had to be checked frequently. See more »


The shell defused by Travis is too large to have been fired by any of the Mexican guns. See more »


David Crockett: [Crockett is about to be executed by the Mexicans] You tell the general I'm willing to discuss the terms of surrender. You tell him; if he'll order his men to put down their weapons and line up, I'll take them to Sam Houston and I'll try my best to save most of them. That said; Sam's a mite twitchy, so no promises.
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A very good film that did not deserve negative reviews!
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really don't understand the mostly venomous reviews for this film. It was the most historically accurate film ever made on the subject and the acting, for the most part,was exemplary; although, I must admit it is far from my favorite performance by Quaid. But Thornton, Patric, and Wilson were tremendous; I cannot imagine anyone else playing those 3 roles as well as they did! It is a sad commentary on the preferences of our society in general when a film this good and on this type of subject does so poorly. I hate to pose this question, but could it be due to a Texas/war backlash due to our current administration and the Iraq situation? Or as a movie-going public, do we prefer to be "dumbed-down" these days? Anyway, I highly recommend this film!

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