The Alamo

The Alamo

DVD - 2004
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Publisher: [United States] : Touchstone Home Entertainment, 2004
Edition: Fullscreen version version.
ISBN: 9780788854415
0788854410
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (136 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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joecarson
Oct 16, 2019

I saw either this or the original in the TV listings, and the synopsis called it an "invasion from Mexico." If I remember right, the vast majority of whites had been there less than a generation, and Texas supposedly belonged to Mexico, yet the whites proclaimed it 'theirs," and generations of American "histories" proclaimed it so too. What makes being deserving of being there: who had been there generations (or centuries if not millenia, like the Indians), or who had "God Blessed Manifest Destiny Above All Others" self-worshiping delusions.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 29, 2018

Decent, if predictable (I mean, you know how it's going to end.), film of one of the most mythologized events in American history. There's a much more famous version with John Wayne and this, which was released in 2004, was a huge flop. Maybe people weren't feeling too patriotic after 4 years of Bush. To the film's credit, it does present more of the Mexican side, even if Santa Ana is a caricature, and it tries to bring some nuance to the story. It looks good and the battle scenes are pretty-well staged, but the acting is pretty dull, especially by Dennis "DQ" Quaid (Sam Houson) and Jason Patric (Jim Bowie). Billy Bob Thornton (Davy Crockett) and Jordi Molla seem to be the only ones trying. There's also Patrick Wilson as William Travis. For a little more history, pick up James Crisp's "Sleuthing the Alamo."

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1860Colt
Dec 08, 2018

I don't understand the hate this film gets. Yeah, John Wayne was in the original. I am a John Wayne fan, but even I admit: not everything he's in is gold. From what I saw of the old one, it ain't very accurate, and had a low reception. This is very good. The effort put in this film is evident, and the performances are very good. It's not the greatest film ever, nor the greatest remake, but it doesn't deserve the negative reputation online.

prchske Nov 03, 2014

Decent movie well acted by Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quade. The movie could have used a bit more character development as explained in this film review: http://teachinghistory.org/nhec-blog/25160. Overall though I enjoyed it.

prchske Nov 03, 2014

Decent movie well acted by Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quade. The movie could have used a bit more character development as explained in this film review: http://teachinghistory.org/nhec-blog/25160. Overall though I enjoyed it.

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Monolith
Mar 03, 2013

My expectations of this one were low, given the less than glowing average viewers' rating on IMDb. And the first half somewhat supported that anticipation. But the climax was excellent, and I found it quite moving. To consider oneself there, at The Alamo: surrounded, grossly outnumbered (tenfold!), abandoned by reinforcements... awaiting certain death... My compliments to director John Lee Hancock's stirring concept of those final moments. I questioned Sam Houston's strategies and judgment on sacrificing those brave souls, but history and his results speak for themselves. To quote Mr. Spock: (lol) "The good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or the one". Good flick.

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Monolith
Mar 03, 2013

Jim Bowie (to Davy Crockett): "What happened to your cap... crawl away?"

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Monolith
Mar 03, 2013

Sam Houston: "...In 1815, Napoleon escaped from Elba. He moved swiftly to consolidate before the Grand Alliance could move against him. Wellington, with fewer men, retreated ahead of Napoleon, forcing Napoleon to chase him through Belgium. Wellington had a vision of a battlefield, he did not know where it was, but he knew he would know it when he saw it. He continued moving waiting for that ground and for Napoleon to make a mistake. Gentlemen, I do not consider myself to be Wellington; Santa Ana, however, considers himself to be Napoleon -- the Napoleon of the West. I will continue to retreat gentlemen, until I find the ground in my vision and, when Santa Ana makes his mistake, I will attack."

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Monolith
Mar 03, 2013

Sam Houston: "You will remember this battle! Each minute! Each second! Until the day that you die! But that is for tomorrow, gentlemen. For today, REMEMBER THE ALAMO!"

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