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The Alamo (1960)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, History | 27 October 1960 (UK)
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In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Director:

John Wayne

Writer:

James Edward Grant (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Col. Davy Crockett
Richard Widmark ... Col. Jim Bowie
Laurence Harvey ... Colonel William Barret Travis
Frankie Avalon ... Smitty
Patrick Wayne ... Capt. James Butler Bonham
Linda Cristal ... Flaca
Joan O'Brien ... Mrs. Sue Dickinson
Chill Wills ... Beekeeper
Joseph Calleia ... Juan Seguin
Ken Curtis ... Capt. Almeron Dickinson
Carlos Arruza Carlos Arruza ... Lt. Reyes
Jester Hairston ... Jethro
Veda Ann Borg ... Blind Nell Robertson
John Dierkes ... Jocko Robertson
Denver Pyle ... Thimblerig (the Gambler)
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Storyline

In 1836, General Santa Anna and the Mexican Army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Houston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans' route at all costs. Travis' small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, but as the situation becomes ever more desperate Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Mission That Became a Fortress, The Fortress That Became a Shrine See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 October 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alamo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,262,932
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) (1993 video release) | (1967 re-release) | (roadshow)

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

An 1836 memoir by a Mexican officer present at the battle, José Enrique de la Peña, throws some doubt on the popular version of the fate of Davy Crockett. The movie depicts the widely held version that he died in battle, but the de la Peña memoir describes Crockett as one of seven survivors who were tortured and executed at the end of the battle. But there is no corroboration of this event, and Alamo purists tend to discount this version in favor of the more heroic story. See more »

Goofs

The militia men are dry right after climbing out of the river and onto the bridge. See more »

Quotes

Davy Crockett: Let's wet our whistles.
Colonel William Barret Travis: I don't drink.
Davy Crockett: Never?
Colonel William Barret Travis: Never.
Davy Crockett: I've heard of such. Well, spread your wampum Travis.
Colonel William Barret Travis: My title is Colonel.
Davy Crockett: Well, I'm a Colonel, too. Wouldn't it sound kinda silly, us chattering, "Colonel, Colonel" like a couple of marsh shield birds? Just speak right up and call me Crockett, don't bother to use my title. Old drunken General Flatford gave it to me in the Choctaw Indian War. I'll call you Travis.
Colonel William Barret Travis: Very well, Crockett.
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Alternate Versions

After its LA premiere the film was cut by approximately 26 minutes. It wasn't until 1992 that these scenes were restored for release on LaserDisc and VHS. As of April 2007 all DVD releases feature the shorter general release version. The following scenes were added back:
  • The original overture, intermission, theatrical trailer, and end themes;
  • The "Jefferson Speech" extended between Col. Travis & Cap. Dickinson;
  • The death of Emil Sand;
  • Conversation between Col. Travis & Col. Bowie regarding Col. Fannin;
  • The death of the Parson and Scotty;
  • Crockett's prayer following Parson's & Scotty's death;
  • The "Philosophical Debate" when the Alamo defenders talk about God;
  • More complete "Gunpowder Raid" scene;
  • Crockett's night with Senora;
  • Senora's brief scene with a fleeing young woman;
  • Birthday Party for Dickson's child;
  • Bonham's original report to Travis;
  • A slightly different Crockett death scene.
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Soundtracks

El Degüello
Mexican bugle call
Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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A movie to inspire you
7 August 1999 | by tomcodySee all my reviews

The movie that will make you appreciate freedom, a majestic film that is a classic. John Wayne waited his whole life to make a film he believed in. The story tells the defense of the Alamo mission against the oppression of the Mexicans led by Santa Anna. On par with Apollo 13 where you know the ending you will be cheering for the Americans to win. I was moved by the defenders making a stand for freedom. Brilliant!


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