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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Davidson ...
Colonel Green Jameson
Robert Prentiss ...
Albert Grimes
Mial Scurlock
Stephen Bruton ...
Captain Almeron Dickinson
Susanna Dickinson
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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texan | army | texas | dictator | general | See All (195) »


Ordinary men. Extraordinary heroes. See more »


Drama | History | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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9 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Alamo  »

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Box Office


$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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Did You Know?


Billy Bob Thornton learned to play the violin for some scenes that required it. See more »


When Houston and his men are charging Santa Anna's army there is a shot of a man being shot and falling to the ground. Midway through his fall the shot cuts to another take and the man jumps from one part of the frame to another and the people in the background change. See more »


David Crockett: It's amazing what a little harmony will do.
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Featured in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 24 June 2008 (2008) See more »


Deguello de Crockett
Written by Carter Burwell
Featured fiddle performed by Craig Eastman
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Best Alamo movie ever made!
24 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

As a student of Texas history, I can tell you that there are few areas in which this version steps wrong. Great care was taken to get as many details right as possible. If you want to know what happened with these events, watch this version...DO NOT watch the 1960 John Wayne film!!! Just about the only thing that version got right was having the Alamo located in Texas...other than that, Wayne's version was a total work of fiction. It seems the 2004 version at least made an effort to talk to historians. Now another reviewer here complained this one seemed to much like a History Channel documentary...I wonder if that guy has even been to Texas? I'm from there, and the locals are fiercely protective of this period. They want to see it done right. This one does it right. On top of that, it has some very imaginative shots, like the "you are the cannonball" scene (you see the cannonball get fired from a cannon and fly towards its target as though YOU were stuffed into--and fired from--the barrel yourself). The performances were great all around, but mostly, I'm just grateful they got the details right.

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