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The Alamo (Widescreen Edition) (2004) (Bilingual)

Dennis Quaid , Billy Bob Thornton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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From the studio that brought you PEARL HARBOR ... Academy Award(R) winner Billy Bob Thornton (SLING BLADE, Best Adapted Screenplay, 1996; BAD SANTA), Dennis Quaid (THE ROOKIE), and Jason Patric (RUSH) team up for the acclaimed action epic about one of the most important events in American history! It's the heroic tale of the 200 brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom defending a small Texas fort for 13 days against an entire army! Commanded by three men -- Lt. Col. William Travis (Patrick Wilson), James Bowie (Patric), and David Crockett (Thornton) -- their against-all-odds courage at the Alamo would forever live on as a rallying cry for liberty and independence!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Clarifications July 16 2004
After reading some of the reviews, it is clear that some of you do not understand "The Alamo." First of all, it is NOT a REMAKE of the John Wayne version (Now fondly referred to as the WAYNEAMO). Even though the title is the same, it is in reference to the Shrine of Texasand the events that took place there, not a previous film. This movie stands on its own merit. Saying the Alamo is a remake of the Wayne version, is like saying that "Saving Private Ryan" is a remake of "The Longest Day" or "D-Day, the 6th of June." Another reviewer was trying to figure out Santa Anna's age. He was 42 to be exact. While this movie was as Hollywoodian as any true story, it is probably closer to the truth than any other Alamo movie (and Wayne's was not the only one). Kudos to those who recognize the character flaws of the real "Three" as portrayed in the film, and not the happy-go-lucky or flamboyant attitudes as portrayed in the Wayneamo. This movie is certainly historically accurate in that sense. The weather conditions were accurate, and the time of the morning the battle began was accurate. With this movie you got a sort of feel as to what took place. But the big question still is: Did Crockett die fighting or did he surrender and was executed. Look at the movie again. Hancock settled this by having Crockett die "Twice." Once, when he and three others were in the Alamo chapel at the end of the battle, and they rushed head-long into a swarm of Mexican soldiers. While you did not actually see Crockett "die" in that scene, the message was quite clear. Then there is the Screamer scene. Crockett was a frontiersman and a statesman. But he was human. And I believe this movie portrayed him as he really was. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Alamo July 17 2004
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I don't care what you all say, this is the best Alamo movie I have seen!! They do not have Travis look like a whimp, they have him look like he was. No one knows how Davy Crockett died, so they put a twist to it. I thought the movie was very historically accurate, and I should know, I am a historian, and the Alamo is my area of expertice. So if you say it was bad, that's just good for you, but it was very accurate, and entertaining!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars Turned it off about halfway through Oct. 9 2004
By Kilgore
I believe this was made by the same group that made the terrible Pearl Harbour. This is only slightly better but not by much. It is a very hollywood version of the Alamo. The dialogue is cheesy as is the direction. I was looking forward to a realistic telling of the story but what we get here is worthy of a made for TV offering but not a major movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alamo Oct. 15 2009
This is a very entertaining movie, great fo an evening when you are in the mood for a movie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only Mildly Inspiring Dec 12 2008
Another retelling of one of America's most dramatic battles, The Alamo depicts the futile 13-day standoff in 1836 between a brave group of "Texians" and their Mexican adversaries at a small Spanish church in San Antonio.

Despite the odds against them, the Americans are willing to sacrifice their lives for land they have chosen to call home. Patrick Wilson stars as the impetuous Lieutenant-Colonel William Travis, who struggles for the respect of his volunteers. But, like the character he portrays, the unpolished Wilson is overshadowed by Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett and Jason Patric as Jim Bowie. Thornton's performance as the compassionate and multi-talented "King of the Wild Frontier" is expressive, while the infrequently seen Patric is intense as the typhoid-suffering famous knife-fighter -- both are humble, knowing they are not the legends they have been made out to be.

Together, these three men must stand up for their ideals against ruthless General Santa Anna (Emilio Echevarria), who views them as "pirates". Determined to preserve the integrity of the Mexican territory, he is confident in the strength of his massive army -- though seemingly all pomp and circumstance, they are a formidable force.

Yet, director (and co-writer) John Lee Hancock is unable to bring much fervour to the story; perhaps he was preoccupied with his upcoming rehash of King Arthur. The battle scenes, though interesting, do not make up for the bland screenplay, which frequently stalls to explore the life stories of the three principals...the banal dialogue is as dry as the dusty compound where the action takes place.

Like Pearl Harbor, an unnecessary postscript is tacked on to protect American pride, but this merely lessens the impact of the tragedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting music Nov. 23 2006
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
This version of the 13 day siege of the Alamo in 1836 is more believable with still bigger than life characters. The individuals interacted bettered and you could feel that they were real; the actors did not outshine the characters they portray. The surprise was the superb acting of Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett.

This film shows that there are good sides to people and bad sides to people; even heroes have their problems. It was interesting on how the blacks had to choose sides or the lack of sides. You can see this again in the film dated "Gunga Din" (1939) where Gunga Din (Sam Jaffee), native Indian, had to choose sides in the conflict with the British.

I have been to San Antonio and the film nails the feel of the area. The area has not changed that much.

In the end you feel that everyone gets his/her up-and-comings, yet you want the story to go on.
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