The Alamo (Widescreen Edition) (2004) (Bilingual)
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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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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.Read more ›
The 3-pack DVD offers a ton of worthwhile extras that are not available anywhere else. The Alamo documentary DVD includes an hour long documentary, a trailer from John Wayne's The Alamo, Remember The Alamo(an educational film made from a cut down Heroes of the Alamo) and a brief interview with Alamo buff Joe Musso. The Martyrs of the Alamo DVD includes D.W. Griffith's movie, "The Alamo, Shrine of Texas Liberty(a very low budget movie made at Mission San Jose in San Antonio), and a five-minute cartoon. The Heroes of the Alamo DVD includes the movie, and the remaining footage from Davy Crockett At The Fall of The Alamo, a silent film starring Cullen Landis. Because of their age, the movies are not in the best of condition, but they are worth watching. For a great collection of Alamo movies, check out this very entertaining collection from Frank Thompson!
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Another good movie for those who like history, well done, good actorsPublished 2 months ago by Fernando
Crap movie. I regret buying it. 2 hours of my life I'll never get back.Published 10 months ago by M. Hayford
This is a very entertaining movie, great fo an evening when you are in the mood for a moviePublished on Oct. 15 2009 by Rene Jansen
This version of the 13 day siege of the Alamo in 1836 is more believable with still bigger than life characters. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2006 by B. Chandler
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2004 by Kilgore
this movie is very good. critics hated it, alot of people hated it too. i loved it. how you could hate this movie is impossible for me to understand. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
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