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The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 9 April 2004 (USA)
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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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John Lee Hancock
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Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Sam Houston
Billy Bob Thornton ... Davy Crockett
Jason Patric ... James Bowie
Patrick Wilson ... William Travis
Emilio Echevarría ... Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
Jordi Mollà ... Juan Seguin
Leon Rippy ... Sgt. William Ward
Tom Davidson Tom Davidson ... Colonel Green Jameson
Marc Blucas ... James Bonham
Robert Prentiss Robert Prentiss ... Albert Grimes
Kevin Page ... Micajah Autry
Joe Stevens ... Mial Scurlock
Stephen Bruton Stephen Bruton ... Captain Almeron Dickinson
Laura Clifton ... Susanna Dickinson
Ricardo Chavira ... Private Gregorio Esparza (as Ricardo S. Chavira)
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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 Matthew Patay

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Genres:

Drama | History | War | Western

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$107,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$22,414,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,819,961
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An extra had grabbed a bag of Doritos from Craft Services before being called to the set. He stuffed it into his costume and got into formation. When action was called, the group charged across the field. When he was "shot" and fell dead to the ground, his bag of Doritos popped out. The scene had to be re-shot and from then on everyone had to be checked frequently. See more »

Goofs

When Davy Crockett goes to shoot at Santa Ana, he only half-cocks his rifle. This acts like a safety and would prevent him from firing. See more »

Quotes

Davy Crockett: What are you sellin', Sam?
Sam Houston: Something a certain congressman might need in the future.
Davy Crockett: Are you sellin' rocking chairs, Sam?
Sam Houston: I'm selling Texas.
Davy Crockett: Now, what would I want with Norte Mexico?
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Version of The Alamo (1960) See more »

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Jarbe Pateno
Arranged by Craig Eastman and Marshall Bowen
Produced by Carter Burwell
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Good Alamo Movie
12 April 2004 | by jamesdavidson88See all my reviews

I've read all the criticism associated with this film and I think some of it is a little unwarranted. As an Alamo buff my judgement of this film is definitely biased, but I will offer my opinion anyway. I think "The Alamo" is a very good Alamo film, definitely the best interpertation ever made about the epic battle. I loved John Wayne's film, but this movie has a more realistic approach. Some people criticize the film about certain scenes such as the Crockett's death, his fiddler on the roof scene and other tidbits that took place inside the Alamo compound. Some people try to use those scenes as proof that the movie contains historical inaccuracies. The truth is there will never be a complete historically accurate Alamo film because we really don't know, nor ever will know what really took place. Any director is going to create his view of th battle. I also think is the best movie ever made about Crockett. Billy Bob Thornton captured the personality of the real Crockett. It doesen't matter if the fiddler on the roof scene never took place. That scene by itself captures the true spirit of David Crockett. A man that is more of an entertainer than wild frontiersman, an entertainer so talented that he can entertain the Mexican Army and temporarliy keep them from firing their cannons. We can see his charisma shine and we understand why he was probably elected to Congress. People make a big deal about how Crockett, Bowie and Travis died at the Alamo. Does it really matter? They were there until the end. Thats what counts. I do believe the movie could have been better. It definitely suffered from editing and even a little star power to carry certain scenes. I think the director's cut will serve the movie justice and I believe over time people will have more respect for this movie. I don't beleive it is a perfect movie by any means at all. I do believe that it has much more to offer than what people are giving it credit. Again I'm huge fan of the duke, but I view his film as more of a John Wayne movie than an Alamo movie and there is nothing wrong with that. I just beleieve this Alamo is closer to the true story.


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