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The Alamo (1960)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 24 October 1960 (USA)
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In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Col. Davy Crockett
... Col. Jim Bowie
... Col. William Travis
... Smitty
... Capt. James Butler Bonham
... Flaca
... Mrs. Sue Dickinson
... Beekeeper
... Juan Seguin
... Capt. Almeron Dickinson
Carlos Arruza ... Lt. Reyes
Jester Hairston ... Jethro
... Blind Nell Robertson
... Jocko Robertson
... Thimblerig (the Gambler)
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In 1836, General Santa Anna and the Mexican Army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Houston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans' route at all costs. Travis' small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, but as the situation becomes ever more desperate Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,262,932
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| (director's cut) (1993 video release) | (1967 re-release) | (roadshow)

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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne always resented the film being described as a failure. He said that while he had personally lost a lot of money producing it, the movie had been a considerable hit at the box-office. See more »

Goofs

During the cannon sabotage mission, when Beekeeper unsuccessfully sneaks up on the sentry, while they talk the sentry's gun goes from pointed straight at Beekeeper to pointing diagonally up between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jim Bowie: You're a damn fool Travis.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Wayne (1961) See more »

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Eyes of Texas
Courtesy of Students' Association, University of Texas
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The Academy was blatantly unfair to this epic
16 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have read many of the comments about this movie and have researched the actual event as extensively as I can. I find it difficult to understand how people could deem this movie categorically inaccurate in any way. It is indisputable that no one really knows the exact way the main characters died although Bowie in the infirmary with a bad leg is, perhaps, the only clear inaccuracy. Susannah Dickinson (one of the 3 survivors) testified that she saw Crockett's body in the compound within 20 minutes of the end of the battle with his "peculiar hat" next to him. This makes it unlikely that he was lined up and executed. It is also indisputable that these men could have run, but chose to stay, clearly understanding their probable fate. Reading Travis' letter to Houston just days before the final battle can leave no doubt of the heroism of these men. Is it not, therefore, infinitely more believable that perhaps Crockett did discuss the meaning of the word "Republic" with Travis (possibly the most emotional scene in the movie)? John Wayne researched the actual event and location meticulously. The actual original plans of the mission were used to ensure the Alamo Village was correct. Costumes were identical to those depicted in every book of Mexican military history I have seen.

I have seen "The Apartment"-winner of the 1960 best picture academy award. Its clear that Groucho Marx and the rest of the voters made a decision to scoff at Wayne in particular and patriotic historical epics in general. For, in my opinion, "The Apartement" is inferior. The Alamo should have won 5 Oscars (best score; best song "Green Leaves of Summer"; best supporting actor-Chill Wills; best movie and best sound).I also think Laurence Harvey should have been nominated for best actor.

I do agree with all of those that lament the deletion of certain scenes from the DVD version. How could MGM leave out the scene of the 32 Tejanos arrival at the Alamo. It is central to the movie and the actual historical event. The death of the Parson should also have been included.

It will always be one of my favorites.


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