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The Alamo (2004)

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

John Lee Hancock

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Plot Summary

Where myth meets history. Where legend meets reality. The roads cross at San Antonio de Bexar and the small, ruined mission there: the Alamo. In the spring of 1836, nearly 200 Texans - men of all races who believed in the future of Texas - held the fort for 13 days under siege by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, ruler of Mexico and commander of its forces. Led by three men - the young, brash Col. William Travis; the violent, passionate James Bowie; and the larger than-life living legend David Crockett - the Texans and their deeds at the Alamo would pass into history as General Sam Houston's rallying cry for Texas independence and into legend for their symbolic significance. Historical action western detailing the 1835-36 Texas revolution before, during, and after the famous siege of the Alamo (February 23-March 6, 1836) where 183 Texans (American-born Texans) and Tejanos (Mexican-born Texans) commanded by Colonel Travis, along with Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie, were besieged in an abandoned mission outside San Antonio by a Mexican army of nearly 2,000 men under the personal command of the dictator of Mexico, General Santa Anna, as well as detailing the battle of San Jacinto (April 21, 1836) where General Sam Houston's rag-tag army of Texans took on and defeated Santa Anna's army leading to the independence of Texas. "The Alamo" retells the events surrounding that battle from multiple perspectives on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) directs a cast that includes Patrick Wilson (Lt. Col. William Travis), Jason Patric (James Bowie), Billy Bob Thornton (David Crockett), and Dennis Quaid (Gen. Sam Houston).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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30%
  • Reviews Counted: 155
  • Fresh: 46
  • Rotten: 109
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's dull, talky, and sometimes maudlin. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Apr 14, 2004

Rotten: A valiant but losing effort. – Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A deeply compromised film, if not a broken one. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Apr 11, 2004

Rotten: Despite Thornton's yeoman efforts and a remarkable 52-acre set, you're more apt to forget The Alamo than to remember it. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Factual, action-packed, story of Texas freedom

4,000 mexicans playing "The Cutthroat Song" told Davey Crockett, William Travis and Jim Bowie that no quarter was to be given. This movie is based on the real fight at the alamo and the action is incredible. It is incredibly inspiring unless you hate freedom and have no respect for those who died so we could live free. The acting is excellent, you can smell the cordite powder, and it just keeps coming at you. 4,000 against 186 and they fought to the last man. You'd have to be dead not to like this.

GREAT

INCREDIBLE,this is incredible war story should buy it great price

WE NEED THE SOUNDTRACK

Hey itunes, the soundtrack is sick!!! "Deguello de Crockett" might be the coolest piece ever!!!! We need the soundtrack on itunes!!!

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