In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.
During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans.They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen,married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence.After serving as president for 22 years,Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant.He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern.Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy,given Santa Anna's power and cunning.Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces.Written by
Shoulder to shoulder they wrote the proudest chapter in the history of Texas. For these were the men --- Jim Bowie, Davy Crocckett and the rest --- who held a mighty army at bay from within the battered walls of...THE ALAMO! See more »
The melody to "The Ballad of Rock Ridge" from "Blazing Saddles" is taken almost note for note from the song "Jim Bowie" sung by Gordon Macrae. Also, 'Slim Pickens (I)' appears in both films. See more »
At the end of the movie, Sam Houston is told of the approach of "the women of the Alamo," as if he was nearby during the siege. In fact, Houston was in East Texas, hundreds of miles away, trying to recruit an army to oppose the advance of Santa Anna. It would have taken "the women of the Alamo" weeks to reach Houston. See more »
Studio politics prevented John Wayne from getting the role he coveted.Wayne would have to wait nearly a decade before he would put his own vision of the Alamo on the silver screen. The film is magnificent and told remarkable for its era (a) with a recognition that Mr Bowie having married into the Mexican elite had become an assimilato, a naturalized Mexicano, (b) with sympathy for the Mexican viewpoint and (c) with respect for General Santa Ana.
The Travis of this version is not nearly the superbly arrogant martinet of the Wayne film nor the dummy who matures in combat of the more recent edition.
Regrettably unlike the Wayne film, this version omits the heroine of the story who knitted the Alamo flag-- the Mexican tricolor with the legend 1824 for the liberal constitution for which the Texans fought. Cut off by the Mexicans, the Alamo defenders would never have known of the declaration of independence or the adoption of the Lone Star flag.
Yet as the story of heroism against the odds, Last Command is first rate.
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