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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
The death of David Crockett as depicted in this film is corroborated by the account of a Mexican soldier, Jose Enrique de la Pena. Though not translated into English until after the earlier Alamo film was made, his account makes the claim that Crockett was recognized by the Mexicans, and was executed after the battle rather than killed during it. See more »
The shell defused by Travis is too large to have been fired by any of the Mexican guns. See more »
The most historically authentic film yet on this subject!
This film was the first one to portray the character of the Texas
participants which viewers have long sought. John Lee Hancock has build
some credibility for himself over avoiding some overindulgence in using
Limited use of special effects and reliance on good scripting and acting
enhanced the film to its' optimum. There was not much that could be done
The creation of the set near Wimberly Texas, forty miles north of San
Antonio, permitted excellent views of Texas scenery that most settlers
One unfortunate miscarriage of this film, was on the subject of Native
American participation during this battle what went uncredited. Sam
did have Native Americans under his command during the siege at San
This Texas feels that more work needs to be done to credit Native
for their contribution.
Some untold truths left off the film are worthy of mention:
1. Once Santa Anna was captured, his constitutional power to act as a
of state was lost, thus introducing a complication for the recognition of
Texas as an sovereign nation.
2. Sam Houston did have an additional reason to spare Santa Anna's life.
Both were Masons and the code of conduct forbids taking the life of
Mason. Masons still routinely hold high political offices today
the United States.
3. The decision to acquire recognition of Texas as a nation required an
acting head of state to preside, so the United States was chosen. At this
most opportune time when recognition was given, a deal was struck for a
purchase from Mexico, for territory west and north of Texas.
4. Santa Anna was dictator four different times.
5. Santa Anna was married several times and his last wife was 16 years
After Santa Anna was deposed from his dictatorship for this final time,
went into recluse humiliated to live a modest life with his young wife,
paid people NOT to laugh and taunt him in the streets of their home
Santa Anna died a pauper.
6. The decision for Texas to be annexed into the United States has long
been debated as pre-conceived, but it was clear that trade agreements and
currency exchange was never going to be favorable to Texas as a nation
few alliances. In order to improve it's standard of living, a choice was
made to either accept annexation into the United States or be part of
The Alamo is one of several missions along the Olmos Creek/San Antonio
river. Most are still standing today and can be visited.
The Daughters of the Texas Revolution were responsible for restoring the
Alamo into it's current condition. Developers nearly snuffed the
of the entire Alamo before DTR intervened and secured funding for a
and restoral of about one-third of the original mission.
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