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
Ron Howard was originally set to direct, with Russell Crowe set to star, but both left the film when 'Ron Howard' and Disney had a major disagreement over the film's budget (Howard had sought $200 million). John Lee Hancock was then brought on board as director with Howard as the film's co-producer and the budget reduced to $95 million. See more »
At one point, Bowie pulls his famous knife out of the sheath and allows Crockett to examine it. When the camera cuts back to Bowie, his knife is back in its sheath, despite the fact that Crockett is still holding it. See more »
Colonel Bowie, I understand that you plan to remove the cannon from this fort and take them to General Houston. I advise you not to do it; they are needed here.
Where did you hear that, Buck?
Men tend to talk when they drink; your men tend to drink.
I will do as I have been commanded; as for what that is, I will discuss it further with Col. Jamison.
Col. Jamison has left the fort on personal business; he left me in command.
Whooee, that is a rapid rise, Billy. We better break out the long pants.
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My wife and I both were deeply moved and impressed by The Alamo. We had fairly low expectations, based on the press (why listen?), but found The Alamo to be well-constructed, well-acted and uplifting (in a poignant way).
Obviously the PC gurus in charge of the media decided to torpedo this movie, since it does not parrot their current hype: that Americans stole the southwest from Mexico so let's just open the borders and let all those potential liberal voters in.
The historical fact that the 179 regulars and volunteers knowingly gave up their lives for the cause belies the implication that the Texians were just grabbing land--it was disputed territory.
The only flaws noted were in editing, probably owing to a recut.
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