It's THE American story of heroism, of courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
It's usually portrayed as an equivalent of the battle by the English colonists on the East Coast for independence from Great Britain.
"Heroes of the Alamo" is a remarkable production, doubly so considering it's from Columbia.
Unlike so many versions of this story, there is no over-emphasis on side stories, no excessive corn or sticky sweet sentiment.
In the big-budget John Wayne version, history was better served in the reminder that there were Mexican Texicans alongside Gringo Texicans, even inside the Alamo. That's missing in this much lower budget version.
However, the remarkably capable actor Julian Rivero plays General -- and dictator -- Santa Anna as a strong, if not very nice, leader, and the other "Mexicans" are shown as generally brave and admirable people.
In fact, many hundreds of the soldiers in the surrounding forces had been conscripts, were poorly fed and clothed, and were exhausted from the forced march that brought them to Bexar, as San Antonio was known then.
This version also shows the truth, that the Texicans as led by Stephen Austin -- beautifully played by the excellent Earle Hodgins in an unusual role for him -- were wanting to be loyal to Mexico, had in fact come to Texas mostly with that intention.
Not shown is the history that much of Mexico's governmental leadership had invited the Gringos to Texas at least in part to be a buffer against the wild, and often savage, "Indians," as the natives were and are mistakenly called. Texas was wide-open desert land, and the government of Mexico, like all governments, had no thought for the people but only for any riches that might be brought in.
Also like all governments, the Mexican state, as led, or mis-led, by Santa Anna grew more greedy and more grasping and the new Texicans -- very much like the English colonists on the Atlantic Coast -- grew resentful and finally rebellious.
Some of that history is referenced in "Heroes of the Alamo," but a lot more is, by necessity, left out, including, for example, the massacre by Santa Anna of the Texicans at Goliad.
Al -- in real life Almaron -- Dickinson really did have his wife inside the Alamo, and in real life she went out to tell the world of the heroism and tragedy of that battle. In real life, though, she was Susanna, not Ann or Anne.
Many of the real-life heroes are portrayed here, including David Crockett, James Bonham, Jim Bowie, and William Travis. Also shown in this film is William H. Wharton, who was not at the Alamo but was a strong rabble-rouser for Texas independence. (There is a page of quotes by Wharton on the Internet, but most of what is there is, certainly by modern standards, pretty racist and, in my opinion, rather general and, thus, rather stupid. It shows ignorance of or blindness to the fact Mexicans fought alongside the Gringos, not just beside Santa Anna.)
There is a print at YouTube that is miserably dark, and thus it is hard sometimes to be fully aware of what is happening on screen. Surely technology exists to improve the quality. And this movie is not just a good one, but an important one. It has a large cast of high-quality players, so many of whom are unknown now; and it is a good and mostly accurate history of Texas and the Alamo.
"Heroes of the Alamo" is by no means perfect, but it is an honest attempt at history on the Columbia limited budget and deserves being seen, again and again.