In the 1960s, a screwy Mexican General and his troops cross into Texas to re-capture the Alamo from the Gringos but they face opposition from the local police, the National Guard and the U.S. State Department.
When his girlfriend tells him that his men wouldn't follow him to a house of ill repute, Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos, a General in the Mexican Army, decides to perform some great act of heroism. He takes his men over the border into Texas and re-captures the Alamo. This upsets the Texans greatly. The Texas National Guard is sent to retake the mission. Normally, this would be easy, as Max's men have left all of their ammunition back in Mexico, but the State Department insists that no one be killed, and so the National Guard also goes in with unloaded weapons.Written by
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All unfinished scenes were completed when the company relocated to Rome, Italy. Most of the key scenes needed, that could not be completed in Rome, were those showing the backdrop of the Alamo, filmed by second unit crews in the street. The scenes in front of the Alamo were shot early Sunday mornings, unbeknownst to local authorities. Several locals walking the streets early that morning were startled by police cars, National Guardsmen, and soldiers rushing the Alamo across the Cenotaph Memorial. See more »
Laredo is 146 miles from San Antonio. While Max and Gomez get to San Antonio by car, it's never explained how the rest of the men get there. See more »
What a hoot! Wa-a-a-ay too subtle a depiction of Texas characters for a Scotsman to understand.
Then there's the action: Border crossing? - If only it were this stringent... San Antonio - yep. Mexican Army - Yeah: been there, seen them. State Department characters - figures (in fact, it's rather flattering to our "diplomats".)
Other images: El General riding his horse, while the soldados walk; the "army" riding the bus into San Antonio - PERFECT. John Astin as El Sargente - que bueno!
Then there are the main characters: Peter Ustinov - perfect for the role. Pamela Tiffin - The Baylor coed - exactly as shown.
Thumbs up for Viva Max from a life-long Texan.
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