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 Independence of Texas.Written by
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 »
This movie accurately portrays the Alamo without its iconic bell-shaped facade atop the front wall of the church. That was added by the U.S. Army in 1850, 14 years after the battle. The John Wayne 1960 version made a half-hearted attempt to recreate the facade as it exists now, but in fact, the roof of the church was flat all the way across in 1836. See more »
For all the scoundrels & reasons for the Texan revolution, the Alamo was the price paid by them all & for it all. Alamo IS the most accurate (historically) film made to date. It showed all the warts of the founders of Texas & leading defenders of the Alamo, as well as the ultimate result, the massacre of those inside and the ruthlessness of Santa Anna. Billy Bob Thornton played Crockett to a "T", he showed all the range of the man that ultimately had to live up to his own legend. Most Texans will be disappointed in the land, power-hungry, drunken Sam Houston (Dennis Quaid), but he's there warts & all. I think it had been better if Ron Howard had been the director, but Disney wouldn't let him do his way, and John Lee Hancock did well, just not excellent. I'm Texan, born & raised, and this ain't no John Wayne movie, but for everything they took out to make it historically accurate, the things they put in made it a better and more passionate movie. All Texans that watch will get that hitch in their hearts and maybe more non-Texans will appreciate where our pride comes from.
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