The Alamo [Restored Original Director's Cut]

 
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John Wayne produces, directs and stars in this "bigger than life" (Life) chronicle of one ofthe most remarkable events in American history. At the Alamoa crumbling adobe mission185 exceptional men joined together in a sacred pact: they would stand firm against an army of 7,000 and willingly give their lives for freedom. Filmed entirely in Texas, only a few miles from the site of the actual battle, The Alamo is a visually stunning and historically accurate celebration of courage and honor. Co-starring Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey and Chill Wills, and garnering seven Oscar? nominations*, it is a "truly memorable movie spectacle" (Leonard Maltin). *1960: Picture, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Sound (winner), Editing, Score and Song

John Wayne drew on what he learned from John Ford, Howard Hawks, and practically everyone who directed him during his long career when he made his own directorial debut on this labor of love. The Alamo is a sprawling, unabashedly patriotic epic of the sacrifice made by 187 men defending the Alamo from Santa Ana's bigger and better equipped army. Wayne stars as Col. Davy Crockett, the straight-talking, fun-loving frontiersman turned senator, with Laurence Harvey as the stiff, by-the-book Col. William Travis and Ricahrd Widmark as the legendary Jim Bowie who bristles under Travis's military protocol. The mix of regular army soldiers, Texican irregulars, scouts, and civilians makes for a volatile melting pot, but they all come together in a time of crisis in this metaphor for Wayne's heroic vision of America. Wayne spared no expense in this, one the last of the old fashion Westerns, re-creating the Alamo in exacting detail and corralling a cast of Western icons and old friends, including Richard Boone, Chill Wills (who earned an Oscar nomination), Hank Worden, Denver Pyle, Ken Curtis, and Olive Carey, in addition to teen heartthrob Frankie Avalon and Wayne's son Pat. Even old pal and spiritual godfather John Ford lent a hand shooting second-unit footage. Wayne is no Ford, but despite himself (and a talky script), he delivers an entertaining film full of intriguing characters and excellent action scenes, earning the film an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 1960. Remember the Alamo! --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews:

  • Colorful Historical Fiction
    I love this film. It's entertaining as it can be but historically it is way off the mark. The lyrics of one of song goes as follows: "...let the legend grow and grow....'bout those thirteen days of glory at the siege of Alamo..." I think this demonstrates Wayne's philosophy..."let the LEGEND grow and grow..." He had no problem with bending the facts a little to emphasize the glory that was Alamo.

    I'm in total disagreement with this philosophy. I think that the actual story of Alamo is so compelling that it shouldn't be fictionalized. So what if a few men, including possibly Davie Crockett, tried to surrender at the end? Outnumbered, out of ammunition and with a bayonet at your throat, ANYONE would have surrendered. It doesn't diminish the heroism by one iota.

    That fact is that the men at Alamo--against all military logic--decided to stand despite the possibility/probability of bloody death, says it all. Travis summed it up for all of them, "I'll never surrender. I'll never retreat." He didn't, either. None of them did. No, they didn't kill thousands of Mexicans and the big fight occurred in the darkness of early morning before the sun arose, providing little opportunity for Hollywood cinematography.

    Davie Crockett wasn't lanced and he didn't blow the powder room up. The powder and ammunition were captured virtually intact by the Mexicans. Jim Bowie probably was in no condition to put up a last ditch struggle and Joe didn't die protecting his master. Joe, who probably was an actual combatant, survived to become Santa Ana's personal servant.

    Still, the movie is grand and the maneuvers of the colorful Mexican army are a thing to behold...not accurate but wonderful. Santa Ana was not only the bastard as portrayed but was also a physical coward. When given the opportunity to die for his country, he surrendered Texas to save his own skin.

    Yes, the movie although nonhistoric, does reflect something of the glory and tragedy that was the siege of Alamo.

    Ron Braithwaite, author of novels, "Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God" on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico ...more info
  • Lest we forget, lest we forget.
    It's hard these days to believe that men actually shouted "Remember the Alamo!", actually took guns in their hands, and fought with those guns to defend their land. These days, we watch TV which tells us we're all brothers, while outside, people from all nations stroll in, set up homes, mosques, training camps and whatever they want, and prepare to take over. The defenders of the Alamo are now villains, not heroes, lest young people should get the idea of doing likewise.

    This movie reminds us of a by-gone age in America, when Americans were not only willing to fight to defend America, but believed it was right to do so. Seeing John Wayne swagger and defy, we click out tongues and shake our heads and call it "Romanticism" or "Conservatism" or some other swear word.

    These days, they don't march in with bugles blaring and drums beating. They stroll in, one million per year, and their guns are hidden in safe houses. And as we watch Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and southern California go quietly into their hands, we think it just shows how broad-minded and global we have become. And in January, when Obama takes over, the pace will shift into high gear.

    So, see this movie. You won't believe how America used to be, but it's true. And there will come a time when you won't be able to see it at all.
    ...more info
  • John Wayne's heartfelt epic on a heavily cut DVD
    With the exception of the recent Billy Bob Thornton retelling of the tale, few epics have had quite as bad a press as John Wayne's The Alamo. If it is not the masterpiece Wayne set out to make, it is also certainly not the disaster it is often painted. Even financially the film eventually turned a very healthy profit, although the staggered nature of its roadshow release meant that it didn't do so quickly enough to save Wayne from having to sell his share in the picture he had invested so much in.

    Very much a personal crusade, he raised the $12m budget partially from a trio of Texas millionaires and from his own pocket. The set and surrounding village were actually built three years before shooting, ostensibly so that vegetation could grow naturally around it, though problems raising the budget seem more likely. Nonetheless, the film's much-trumpeted great pains to look authentic extends to the casting, enhanced by some of the great faces in the supporting cast, not least of them the irreplaceable Hank Worden, replacing Old Mose Harper's desire for a rockin' chair for 'the time to live and a place to die' in one of his best performances as the Parson. Laurence Harvey, a man reputedly in life as innately impossible to like as his character in The Manchurian Candidate, carries the dramatic element as Travis more than efficiently, while Wayne and Widmark give perfect demonstrations of fleshing out a part through star quality as Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie.

    Along with 55 Days at Peking, this was the biggest of the siege epics of the sixties (Zulu, Khartoum, The War Lord), recounting a somewhat romanticised version of the iconic battle that saw some 185 men hold off 7000 Mexican soldiers for thirteen days. Very much a populist epic, it is broadly entertaining but with a quiet dignity at its heart, and while there is sentiment, it is pure and honest enough not to seem desperately manipulative. Wayne's direction is a strong point, with a good visual eye that owes nothing to John Ford (who had less to do with the film than is commonly believed and nothing to do with the truly spectacular battle scenes) and a surprising generosity to friend and foe alike.

    There are many moments of pure visual poetry, too - a rider galloping through a stream, defeated Mexican troops reflected in a muddy pond while their women carry away the bodies of their loved ones and the astonishing finale where the screen is packed to bursting with thousands of extras. The cavalry sequences in particular are strikingly well handled, with a healthy respect for the horses (unlike many sixties epics, none were hurt or killed). True, it sure is a long time a-comin', but if there's a more spectacular battle scene on film this side of Bondarchuk's Waterloo, I've not seen it.

    Unfortunately, the DVD is something of a travesty. Facing personal bankruptcy, two weeks after the film opened Wayne asked his producer son Michael to cut the film to get in more shows to improve its cash flow - the film was popular, but at nearly three-and-a-half hours was limited to only two shows a day at a handful of theatres. No prizes for guessing which version MGM/UA have chosen to release. Although the uncut version was available on video and laser disc, the company's rationale for releasing the cut version to DVD was that since there were no foreign language soundtracks surviving for the uncut version and they were committed to releasing multiple-language versions, the cut version was preferable to subtitling the film for foreign languages. To add insult to injury, even the hour-long documentary produced for the laserdisc release has been cut back to 40 minutes to paper over any mention of the restored version!

    As a result, some half an hour of footage is now missing once again not much more than a decade after it was restored. Even the Overture, Intermission, Entr'acte and Exit Music from Dimitri Tiomkin's superb score have been lost. The only positive is that the widescreen transfer at least makes the most of Wayne and cinematographer William Clothier's careful Scope compositions - and films like this are what Scope is all about.

    As for what you're missing, much of the extra running time was taken up by slightly extended scenes, such as Travis' explaining why he knows "I am better than that rabble" that he commands, crucial to understanding his character. Nonetheless, there are several 'new' scenes, the more significant additions including: more of Bowie's opening scene and various bridging scenes enlarging on his conflict with Travis; the death of the profiteer Emil when he tries to stop Crockett taking the gunpowder from the church and a subsequent love scene between Crockett and Flacca; nearly a full reel after the Intermission where Bowie decides to leave the Alamo but is dissuaded by Patrick Wayne reluctantly lying about the number of reinforcements on their way; Scotty's patrol discovering the cattle and coming off badly at the hands of some pursuing Mexican Lancers and Dragoons; and the death of Parson and Crockett's quietly effective prayer.

    Even if to some the film still felt too long at 203 minutes (and frankly, it do), none of these scenes should have been the ones to be cut, and their restoration helped the film flow more smoothly than the shorter version. Worse, it's not an isolated incident - MGM/UA meted out similar treatment to the restored version of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World] on DVD, while some other titles like The Dogs of War and F*I*S*T are available in two different cuts on either side of the Atlantic.

    The film's reputation may limit its appeal to Wayne's fans and the epic collector, but it's a fine film that deserves better treatment on DVD than it received....more info
  • The greatest film of all time
    It is the greatest, period. Let's start by dispensing with criticism it is historically inaccurate. This is about the legend of the Alamo. It is not a PBS documentary. So as another reviewer has said, let's move on. Now back to the Alamo. Great stars (50s giants at the peak of their powers, Wayne, Widmark, Harvey, Boone), legendary film score by Tiomkin, superb acting and dialogue. As the trailer used to say, "Four years in the making" and a cast of thousands. Perfectly framed technicolor scenes.

    What got me as a 4th grader in 1960, and many more times since then, were the heroic, perhaps over the top, last stands of the Alamo's big three: Wayne's Davy run through by a bayonet yet summoning enough strength to torch the powder room and blow up half the Alamo. Bowie, laid low by a cannonball, taking out fifteen attackers with his seven barrel shotgun, then two pistols, and then his meat cleaver-sized knife, yes, the "Bowie knife." And Colonel Travis outfencing four attackers before one shoots him, but breaking his sword across his knee in a final act of defiance. I think it is the Wayne's film's depiction of the line in the sand scene (although his version does not involve the drawing of a physical line) that sets it apart from other Alamo films. Wayne's gets right what other Alamo films get wrong. Others show the Alamo defenders shamed or bullied into staying after the news the Alamo is about to fall. In the Wayne film, Travis tells his troops, "Go not with your heads hung low. You are brave and noble soldiers." In Wayne's version, whether they stay or flee will be totally left up to them. Their decision to stay thus is clearly an act of courage. Watching Bowie, crippled by a horse fall, get off of his horse and walk over (to, in effect, cross the line in the sand) as the first man to stand 'side Travis, a man Bowie had despised (at least in the movie), is one of the most dramatic scenes of all time. It does not matter what version you see by the way: the DVD shows the cut version which deletes Tiomkin's legendary overture, intermission, entre'acte, and exit music and leaves out scenes such as Parsons's powerful death scene from the longer so-called road show version (which is shown on VHS and several times a year on cable's TCM or public television). But the cut version does move faster and works better as an action film. Both versions are five stars. Now that the swirl of politics which prevented any rational evaluation of the film during Wayne's lifetime has passed, we can fully appreciate this cinematic achievement. Enjoy the film's greatness for it will never be duplicated. No? Just ask the makers of the unfortunate Billy Bob Alamo remake....more info
  • Greatness.
    A truly great film. A very accurate portrayal of this historical event. Well directed and well acted. Stirring and heart-wrenching. A beautiful, glorious, fine, fine, fine movie....more info
  • Yes, Frankie does sing!
    I wrote a review for this movie years ago and my opinion of it as a overlong, hokey, wanna-be epic with an atrocious script still stands. (And this is in spite of the facts that John Wayne is my all-time favorite actor and that the Alamo was an obsession of mine when I was kid.) However, I just read another reviewer state that Frankie Avalon does not sing in this movie and that is technically not true. The presence of Frankie Avalon in this movie is absurd especially when you see this Italian-American, Philly native walking around in a coonskin cap. It's embarrassing that the Duke was so desperate to recoup his massive financial investment in this picture that he was forced to pander so blatantly to the teen market. The Duke then compounded this ridiculous casting mistake by having Frankie sing! In the original director's cut one gets to hear Frankie Avalon sing a few verses of "Here Come the Ladies" in his patented, kiddie, Dean Martin-imitation voice and, boy, is it cringe worthy!

    Personally, I really don't understand why so many people are clamoring for the director's cut. Most of the deleted scenes were deleted for good cause- they're overwrought nonsense that add little to an already bloated movie. That Frankie Avalon solo performance is pretty darn awful, but for pure schmaltz it doesn't compare to the duet sung by Ken Curtis and that dolled-up starlet who plays Mrs. Dickinson at a little girl's birthday party. That scene is so sappy that I've only been able to watch it once out of fear that I'll start suffering from diabetes if I ever see again! The little birthday girl is played by one of the Duke's daughters. (One also has to admire the Duke's nepotism- two of his daughters and his son, Patrick, have parts in this movie.)...more info

  • Research your history....
    This unapologetic piece of flag waiving patriotism has to be John Wayne's worst film...and this is from someone who believes that John Wayne is one of the worst actors in Hollywood history. I'm sorry to slaughter your sacred cows, if this offends anyone, but I really dislike John Wayne. Regardless, this film would not be any better if Gregory Peck or Marlon Brando starred in it. It is just filled with too many historical inaccuracies to be taken seriously.
    If you want to view it as a piece of fiction, maybe you'll enjoy it... but I was unable to suspend my disbelief. Please, if you are interested in the real history behind the Alamo, don't depend on this film or the washed up rehtoric the Alamo guides feed you. Do a bit of research. I can't think many events in American history that are as misrepresented as the Alamo. To portray the Alamo defenders as reedom fighters, as this film does, would be to portray the Confederacy as a freedom movement as well. The truth has more gray areas than the black/white this film tries to sell. I'd like to say that Hollywood has improved since by being more critical of historical events, but looking at the previews of the new Alamo film I would venture to say it's still not the case....more info
  • NOPE! - TRY AGAIN!
    John Wayne so firmly believed in "The Alamo" that he went out on his own to direct this lumbering fictional account of the slaughter of 187 men at the Texas landmark. The film is a sprawling and unabashed flag waver that quite simply fails to get the patriotic juices flowing. Wayne plays Davy Crockett as something of a Disney-fied fun-loving frontiersman. Laurence Harvey needs less starch in his britches as the rigid Col. William Travis. Ricahrd Widmark as Jim Bowie is left to veer between Wayne and Harvey in a performance that can only be described as unsympathetic. Richard Boone, Chill Wills and (oh, you gotta be kiddin' me) Frankie Avalon are in it too. Frankie doesn't sing. No expense was spared in this literal brick-by-brick recreation of the Alamo. One would do well to remember that!
    THE TRANFER: No good! Start over! The laserdisc contained the original director's cut of "The Alamo". This DVD is the standard theater release version. There's no entrance, exit or intermission music and the aspect ratio is misframed at roughly 2:25:1. Colors are generally rich and vibrant but during scenes taking place at night they tend to become a muddy, grainy mess. The scene in the saloon is riddled with age related artifacts and a faded camera negative that looks as though it were dragged by four wild horse through the Texas deluge. The audio is 5.1 but strident in spots and remarkable muffled in others.
    EXTRAS: The Making Of The Alamo featurette - but it has been edited - presumably because, like the film, you just can't put that much info on one side of a DVD. So why didn't MGM do a 2-disc or flipper disc for this film?!?! Go figure.
    BOTTOM LINE: Perhaps with the pending remake of "The Alamo" getting ready to hit theaters we'll see MGM go back to their vaults for a revisit to this Western saga....more info
  • A true Duke classic
    The Alamo is a great movie that deserves to be released in its director's cut format with almost 30 minutes added. The movie tells the story of the famous battle and siege of the Alamo where 185 Texans fought an army of 7,000 men. Director and producer John Wayne does not tell the most accurate story of the battle, but that is beside the point. This is a movie that presents the courage and honor of the defenders of the Alamo very well. Even the Duke admitted this was not very accurate. The battle scenes, especially the final assault, are some of the best ever put on the screen. Dimitri Tiomkin's score is a classic as well as "The Green Leaves of Summer." For a great movie telling the story of the battle of the Alamo, with some embellishments, check out The Alamo.

    John Wayne is great as Davy Crockett, the hunter/Congressman who fought at the Alamo. He brings a certain wit to the part. Richard Widmark is also very good as famous knife fighter, Jim Bowie, who is constantly fighting with the Alamo's commander, William Barett Travis, played by Laurence Harvey. The Alamo also stars Richard Boone, Patrick Wayne, Frankie Avalon, Ken Curtis, Chill Wills, Denver Pyle, Joan O'Brien, and countless other Wayne regulars. The DVD offers the widescreen presentation, a making of documentary, a collectible booklet, and a theatrical trailer. I would love to see a DVD release of the director's cut, but the only copy is semi-destroyed. If possible, find the Laser Disc uncut version or the VHS version. I recommend this DVD for the documentary although the movie is still great. Too bad there is not a Director's Cut DVD release. For an exciting and very enjoyable movie with the Duke and many more, check out The Alamo!...more info

  • GIVE US THE DIRECTORs CUT
    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey and the rest of the cast that portrayed the men who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo deserve the director's cut of this great American epic. This is an unforgettable movie but this version is very forgettable. Get the director's cut on VHS....more info
  • Get the UnCut version out on DVD!!!
    I love this film. It was both my introduction to John Wayne and the Alamo. I've been hooked on both ever since.
    I have not bought the DVD version as of yet since I prefer to wait until they release the original uncut roadshow version onto DVD with the trailers and the uncut documentary.
    It's the only way to view it now....more info
  • Heroes One and All
    This review refers to the MGM DVD edtion(2000 release) of "The Alamo"(1960).....

    So many times in History, man has had to make the decision of whether to accept things the way they are and live in terror, or rise up against his oppressor no matter what the cost, to make life better for future generations. "The Alamo" is one story of the brave people in American History, who stood and fought for what they believed in, against overwhelming odds.John Wayne put his heart and soul into this epic story and breathes life into these dedicated and heroic Americans.

    Col.Davey Crockett,Col.Jim Bowie and Col. William Travis are the driving force behind a group of less then 200 untrained men and their families, barracaded in an old Texas mission("The Alamo"), being used as a fort to fend of the advances of the immense army being lead by Generalissimo Santa Anna. All knowing that they will probably lose their lives, and they could leave without shame at any time, they all stay to defend the right of freedom, and to give General Sam Houston the time he needs to prepare his army for battle. It is a touching and gripping account of the events, of the battles, and of the growing comraderie within the fort.

    John Wayne produced, directed and stars as a very convincing Davey Crockett. Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as Col Travis are fabulous in the roles as the two Colonels at odds with each other but are united for the cause.
    Also starring is Richard Boone(every time I see him I expect the old "Palidan" music to start playing), a very young Frankie Avalon and western legend Chill Wills, who recieved a nod from Oscar for his performance as "Beekeeper" in the supporting actor catagory. The music is hauntingly beautiful, and will stay with you long after the film is over. Dimitri Tiomkin won a Golden Globe for his scoring as did Paul Francis Weber for his equally beautiful lyrics of "The Green Leaves of Summer".The cinematography, also garnering a nomination from Oscar,makes this film a joy to watch.

    I had previously taped this film from a classic film channel,finally bought the DVD, and when I saw the brillance of this transfer and heard it in the enhanced 5.1 Surround I was in movie heaven. The picture in the original theatrical widescreen and the colors looked magnificent. Every sound from the galloping of the horses, to the cannons blasting, the dialouge and the music were crystal clear. There is also a great documentary included on the making of the film, where you will see the great John Ford making an appearance on the set and adding his expertise as well.It may also be viewed in French and Spanish and also has subtitles in those languages.

    So why only 4 stars for my rave review of this film and the DVD?....As I mentioned I had this on tape and watched it many times. I noticed a couple of my favorite scenes are now missing and the film somewhat shorter in length. I especially missed the little birthday party scene(if you have seen it before, you know what I am talking about). This scene to me, depicted the growing closeness of the people inside the mission and the family like atmosphere.

    This film is a sentimental favorite of mine, and I really hope someday MGM will release the entire film to DVD, until then I will certainly enjoy this terrific transfer. It's absolutely worth the view.

    "Remember the Alamo"...and enjoy.....Laurie...more info

  • Cut Alamo not good enough!
    Have to say I was totally appalled by the way MGM UA released this classic movie on DVD. Have the Director's Cut on VHS and it's a completely different experience, fleshing out many scenes which appear abrupt in the edited version, especially between Flaca and Crockett, Bowie and Travis - and relating to Travis himself. The death of The Parson (Hank Warden) which is a very moving scene, does not appear, and the viewer especially misses out on Dimitri Tiomkin's Overture, Entre Acte, Intermission and Exit Music. Also missing is the birthday sequence, the fight in the Church over gunpowder doesn't make any sense, and Flaca seems to make a very sudden exit. Even the TV versions run longer than this!
    Of course, even with these unacceptable drawbacks, the movie remains Duke's immortal homage to freedom and The Republic.
    The DVD also includes a featurette "John Wayne's The Alamo", which will be very interesting to all students of Wayneasia and of this movie in particular.
    I would suggest that John Wayne fans and Clubs should petition MGM to release this classic properly as it was meant to be seen, perhaps even with the addition of "Spirit of the Alamo", which Duke also did that year, and give us, the viewing public what we are entitled to - complete versions of all our beloved movies, and not a cut rate edition. Surely the studio could come up with some archival footage re the Premiere of the Picture, maybe even an expanded two disk set - just like they have with other notable Hollywood epics.
    The Director's cut on VHS is the one with five stars...more info
  • excellent battle scenes.......wrong story & details
    Although I've seen The Alamo many times and love it as a true war classic, it tells a fictional account of the battle. For instance, Col.Travis, played by Lawrnce Harvey, is too flamebryot in his character....The real Col.Travis wasn't like that. Second, the palisade wall between the Alamo church and the Lower Barracks is only built about 4 to 5 ft. high....the real palisade wall was about 10 to 12 ft. Third, when Bonham returns to the Alamo, he brings news that Fannin isn't coming because he was ambushed by part of Santa Anna's army....in the real story, Fannin is in Goliad and he said he couldn't come relive the Alamo because his wagons and other equipment broke down and he couldn't move, so he goes back to Goliad and decides to hold up there as long as he could. Fourth, when Travis tells the men that no help is coming, he simply tells them if they want to go out and maybe join up with Houston's small army, they can....in the real thing, he tells them what's really happening and he takes his sword and draws a line in the dirt and asks whoever wants to join him in the fight for freedom, come over to him. Fifth, in the real story, there was a big cannon known as the 18 pounder that was put at the south-west corner of the fort and it was the cannon that fired the thunderous 'No' at Santa Ann's request for surrender....in the movie, the 18 pounder wasn't seen at all. And finally, Jim Bowie's character, played by Richard Widemark, is okay, but in the real thing, Bowie was 6.ft 6.in tall and in the movie, Bowie looks like he's 6ft. 2in tall...........Despite these inaccuracies, this movie is great because of it's large battles scenes, which were really good. I loved the part where James Bowie fights to the end and takes a bunch of Mexicans with him, and I realy liked that 7-barreled shotgun that Bowie used in the end. All-in-all, this movie is a good one if you like a good western. I recemend it....more info
  • Cut, slash, and run baby!
    This movie is just great...period. The frictional dynamic between John Wayne, Widmark, and Laurence Harvey, all fighting for the same cause has never been duplicated. Before or since.

    I can't believe they are remaking this classic. And when I saw that Billy Bob Thornton was picked to play Crockett I almost fell out of my chair laughing. I dont think so!

    This is an immortal film. One of the very few that still brings a tear. And the DVD does justice to the original theatrical release. 5 Coonskins....more info

  • An idealistic view of history.
    Every schoolchild learns about the Alamo in the same idealistic way that much of America's rich history is taught. In other words, the characters involved and the actions that occurred are polished to a glossy sheen, creating heroes and legends but not, in many cases, an accurate portrayal of actual events.

    The Alamo, starring, directed by and produced by John Wayne, takes a similar approach, romanticizing many of the details to the point that, while it makes an epic movie, it distorts history.

    The pacing of the movie is terribly slow at times, focusing on the battle itself only in the last half hour or so of a 160-minute film. (The DVD version I watched is the short version, chopping down the 190-minute full-length cut.) The battle scenes feel rushed, despite the undeniable drama, which leaves you wondering why so much time was spent on chatter, in-fighting and minor incidents like a cattle raid and sabotage mission.

    On the other hand, the film deserves major kudos for its massive recreation of the Alamo itself, built specifically for the film. The set is impressive and realistic. The scope and vision are magnificent, and it's hard not to feel a swell of patriotic pride as you watch the final courageous moments of these heroic characters. Unfortunately, the execution of this film needed a firmer hand. ... Also included on the DVD is a 40-minute documentary detailing the ambitious production. Many of the people interviewed for the documentary candidly admit Wayne was in over his head on this project -- refreshing if surprising honesty....more info

  • Awesome
    Before I write my short review, I will follow up on reviewer kgh from San Antonio Texas and his mention of James Bowie marrying at San Antonio's San Fernando Cathedral. The following is the translated entry of that marriage which appears in the 1831 San Fernando Cathedral marriage book. The marriage was performed by a Mexican priest...note the spelling of the names which the priest entered. They would spell unfamiliar words as they sounded to them. Parenthetical information inserted by translator John Ogden Leal, former Bexar County Archivist.

    Entry 338, page 48, April 29, 1831...BUY,(Bowie) Don Santiago, (James), from Lusiana, (Lousiana) of America of the North, legitimate son of Don Ramon Buy (Bowie) and Dona Alvina Yons, (Jones), to Dona Ursula de Beramendi of this city, legitimate daughter of Don Juan Martin de Beramendi and Dona Maria Josefa Navarro. Godparents: her parents the Beramendis. Witnesses: Don Jose Angel Navarro and Don Juan Francisco Bueno.

    The translator went on to list Father Refugio de la Garza as the priest who performed the marriage.

    As for "The Alamo", any fan of John Wayne films will love this one. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is short on historical fact, but aren't most films, those based on historical events? Perhaps with the exception of "Apollo 13". The stirring music, the drama, the sequence of events, all brought together by Wayne. When one takes into account the historical significance of this monumental event so many years ago and combine it with all the above, we have one heck of a good film. Again, though not historically accurate, young viewers not familiar with the Alamo legend will get a good grasp of what happened that day in Texas history. I love it and highly recommend it....more info

  • The Alamo as we'd like to remember it
    Hey, let's face it. This movie is NOT historically accurate. But is that such a bad thing? Since none of the men survived the attack, and since the accounts from surviving women and children (as well as Mexican soldiers) conflict in many respects, it is difficult to paint a truly accurate picture of what happened there. What matters, however, is the fact that the Alamo has become a symbol of Texan (and American) independence, of the spirit of sacrifice which makes our country great. The movie does an excellent job of portraying this.

    John Wayne shines as Davy Crockett. He is complemented by a terrific cast. And the set for this film (considering when it was made) is outstanding. The movie cover says Wayne spent a fortune on this set, trying to make it as accurate as possible (it's not accurate, but hey, it looks good). The battle is also very well done, and the hoards of charging Mexican troops add much to the overall effect of the film.

    This is not a 'factual' account of the battle of the Alamo; but, then again, do we REALLY want an accurate account? Some people think Davy Crockett surrendered, and that Bowie was killed while lying in bed (and NOT fighting). Personally, I enjoy the glorified image of the Alamo that this movie portrays--I think it does much to inspire and encourage us to stand up for what we believe, against all odds....more info

  • A classic epic film!
    This is much more then just a western. It is a classic movie epic in the every way. The Duke turns out one of his best performances, as well as putting together this film. Richard Widmark is great as well. It is the wide release theatre edition of the film, so don't expect the longer directors cut. This film is one of the all time greats. It's a shame it didn't win Best picture in 1960. It is one of the greatest films ever made. Classic film buffs need this....more info
  • A Duke Classic
    The Alamo is a true western/historical classic that John Wayne wanted to make for years before the actual release. The movie tells the story of the days leading up to and during the famous siege of the Alamo. Many people say it isn't accurate or its boring, but it is really anything but. The movie is full of patriotic speeches that at times slow it down, but they are still very enjoyable. As for historical accuracy, The Alamo goes on its own way. Many things seen in the movie never actually happened, but it contributes to the overall feeling of the picture.

    All the performances are truly great. John Wayne portrays Davy Crockett with Richard Widmark as James Bowie and Laurence Harvey as William Travis. The cast is full of Wayne regulars who also give great performances; Chill Wills, Patrick Wayne, Ken Curtis, Denver Pyle, Hank Worden, Chuck Roberson and many others. Other good parts include Joan O'Brien as Susannah Dickinson and Linda Cristal as Flaca, the woman who captures Crockett's heart. The only out of place actor is Frankie Avalon as Smitty, the youngest of the defenders of the Alamo.

    Overall, The Alamo is one of my all-time favorite movies. The set built in Bracketville is truly amazing. The final assault on the old mission is one of the best battle scenes ever made. The original, un-cut VHS version is much better than the DVD since it adds almost 30 minutes to the movie that are missing elsewhere. There are several scenes that are very interesting that I don't think should have been cut. However, the DVD does have an interesting documentary about the making of The Alamo. Excellent score by Dmitri Tiomkin, excellent performances, great battle scenes. Do not miss this movie!...more info
  • Greatness.
    A truly great film. A very accurate portrayal of this historical event. Well directed and well acted. Stirring and heart-wrenching. A beautiful, glorious, fine, fine, fine movie....more info
  • Despite some flaws, one of the best
    Of Hollywood's efforts to produce a great Alamo movie, John Wayne's 1960 production remains out in front. Yes, it has its historical and technical flaws, but these do not detract from the overall portrayal of the situation and main events. Its scope and its "you are there" feeling clearly stand out.

    The film's general tone is quite in contrast to that of the recent (2004) movie of the same name with Billy Bob Thornton as Crockett, of which another reviewer has aptly noted: "Where the battle, as depicted in the new film, shows scared men doing the best they can to stay alive, the 1960 Wayne film shows a more heroic stand, men selling their lives dearly." In a word, the newer version is more "politically correct" according to some currently popular worldviews, with its portrayal of the main heroes with "warts and all" often distracting from their decisive roles as defenders of Texas independence and individual liberty. (See my Amazon review of that movie.) Nonetheless, in both films the 183 Alamo defenders are shown as having made the fateful choice to remain and fight despite the hopeless odds -- each having been given the chance to leave when Colonel Travis frankly described to them their dire situation in what turned out to be the third day before main the attack, and all fell as a result -- an American Thermopylae indeed!

    Many criticisms of the Wayne film by some reviewers are misplaced even where, strictly speaking, correct. Actually, the final assault on the Alamo took place in the darkness well before dawn. Still, its being portrayed here in broad daylight does allow the unfolding of some of the most impressive battle scenes ever filmed. Among other criticisms that have been leveled, many are trivial and shallow. In the end, what real difference does it make whether Crockett habitually wore a coonskin cap or not, whether he preferred being called "Davy" or "David," or whether the pre-battle sorties to sabotage a big enemy cannon, or heisting and stampeding cattle into the Alamo for food, were invented for the film or not? (A cattle raid of sorts did take place, but sooner, much nearer the walls and netted about 30 head, not the couple of hundred or so filmed.) These two scenes add interest and in a larger sense well portray the defenders' resourcefulness and determination which, from all we do know, were certainly not lacking. After all, this is a MOVIE, not strict history, and a bit of pictorial and dramatic license is not amiss; those wanting "just the facts" (known, that is) can easily find them elsewhere.

    Similarly, Crockett's brief liason with the beautiful and cultured young Mexican widow is more than just entertaining but points out early that a significant number of political aware Mexicans in Texas were determined opponents of Santa Anna's dictatorship: Some "Tejanos" in fact supported the mostly Anglo "Texicans," even as leaders who fought alongside them -- most notably Juan Segu®™n, whose heroic role in bringing the Alamo's appeal for help to Houston through Mexican lines, however, is rather misleadingly usurped by the engaging teenager "Smitty," played by Frankie Avalon. (Although in fact a brave teenager named James Allen did gallop away with Travis's last plea to Fannin at Goliad to the south, it was Juan Segu®™n who earlier brought Travis's message east to commander-in-chief Houston -- the film conflates the two, with Segu®™n's more consequential role lost.) The film portrays Mexicans with respect throughout, even as adversaries.

    Principles of freedom are portrayed frankly and without apology in Crockett's and others' remarks. Such principles really were held very widely and fervently at the time -- however much they are so often downplayed and even lampooned today.

    Bowie's incapacitating illness is rather conspicuously missing, however (his only "ailment" being shown as a fractured leg suffered in the bombardment, hastily splinted so he could carry on). As convincingly played by Richmard Widmark, Bowie's prickly disputes with Travis, however, are appropriately emphasized. Lawrence Harvey's portrayal of Travis is simply superb on all counts, as is Richard Boone's brief portrayal of Houston.

    Since the film ends at the Alamo's fall, the subsequent defeat of Santa Anna at San Jacinto some six weeks later by Houston, made possible in large part by the unyielding stand at the Alamo, is not shown. In dramatic terms this makes sense, as covering the aftermath, although informative for the uninitiated, would be rather anticlimactic and reduce the full impact of the film's main event. (Note that the recent movie of the same title, with Dennis Quaid as Houston, does briefly cover this. For further observations on San Jacinto, see my review of that film.)

    A real standout in the movie is the wonderful music provided by Dimitri Tiomkin, by turns stirring and inspiring. It draws one into the story to an extent few scores have been able to do. In this setting "The Green Leaves of Summer" is one of the most moving songs ever committed to film, especially its choral background rendition in the scene during the evening before the final assault.

    Of all his films I've seen, I believe this is John Wayne's most convincing performance, despite -- or maybe partly because of -- his taking on the demanding and perhaps excessive burdens of producing and directing as well. And also, despite his inexperience in the latter two departments (as noted in the DVD's accompanying documentary on the making of the movie), the overall result is still a deeply satisfying and basically true drama. Wayne quit his association from his longtime studio, Republic, and sunk much of his personal fortune into making this film, for which we owe him profound thanks. Those who wish to probe more deeply and straighten out the known details of the story (though many will never be known since no defenders survived) can delve into books such as Walter Lord's excellent, consise and readable "A Time to Stand", which includes both background and aftermath; it also outlines major areas of contention concerning disputed points. Also, Albert A. Nofi's "The Alamo" is well worth a read as it highlights many fascinating aspects often not dealt with elsewhere.

    Since I have not as yet seen the "Director's Cut" on VHS and Laserdisk (compared to which many reviewers have declared the present DVD is flawed on account of scenes cut for theater release), I cannot comment on that. But I can say that despite those cuts, the DVD nonetheless presents a sweeping and mostly coherent impression of the events portrayed. A point of interest is that the included documentary on the film's production happens to show, very interestingly, how much the original celluloid film has faded in picture quality in the nearly half-century since being shot -- the restoration of both color and sound for the DVD's main content is magnificent. Digital technology came along just in time to save many classic films. One hopes that a similarly restored full Director's Cut will be made available in this widescreen format in the future.

    The film's flaws such as those noted above are enough to deny it 5 stars here, but if a full 10-point scale were allowed I'd unhesitatingly give it a 9....more info
  • The Alamo John Wayne's view
    This movie was a life long dream of John Wayn. He had wanted to make it for many years and finally in 1960 he was able to give the world his vision. It has great action sequences and the battles are among the best you can find. Detail in the costumes is great. It does have a large part of the movie being used as a platform for Mr. Wayne's political views but it is worth a watch....more info
  • It's another DVD con
    Such a great movie completely ruined by Warner/MGM issuing a badly cut version of this classic film. Originally running at 196 minutes with Overture and Intermission plus 26 minutes of footage. This full version has already been issued on both VHS and Laserdisc so why do we have to put up with a cut version on DVD. The breaks in narrative ruin the continuity of the movie completely. Ever since this DVD was released I have been hoping for a "Director's Cut" but this does not appear to be in the forseeable future. The releas of the new version with Billy Bob Thornton would have been an ideal time for Warner to bring out THE ORIGINAL....more info
  • A LOOOONG labor of love
    Hollywood history, but pretty accurate as far as the real events go. John Wayne directed and starred as Davy Crockett; Richard Widmark is Jim Bowie; and Laurence Harvey is the stiff-backed Col. Travis: their clash of personalities becomes the central theme of the movie. Wayne, as always, is just John Wayne. How the men end up at the Alamo in the first place is what the first half is all about: "freedom" has been challenged and a band of Tennessee ruffians comes to meet the challenge. The second half is all about the battle itself, and it's done up Hollywood style, no holds barred. The movie was a flop when it first came out; much has been written about why that was so but I imagine the biggest reason was that the movie was just too long, despite the crackling dialogue in places and the generally excellent acting by the principals. Quite a few academy award nominations went to the movie, mainly for technical things (cinematography, editing, sound, etc.). Not a movie that remains long in one's memory banks, it's still way better than the 2004 remake starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton.
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  • you will remember "the alamo"
    lets start this review off with this I LOVE JOHN WAYNE AND HIS MOVIES!!!! so it's a given i love this movie. after 11 years of starts and stops, rko pictures pulling the rug out from under his feet at least once, wayne finaly got the money and spent a large part of his own money and just like one of his parts made the movie himself.
    Wayne's ALAMO is epic in size and running time, but it never feels bloated or over long to me. wayne plays davy crockett and makes him a man looking for some meaning to his life and the war for texas is where he thinks he will find it. richard widmark is jim bowie, the inventer of the bowie knife, and he plays him as a ruff and tumble hard drinking hard fighting man . laurence harvey is will travis, a ram rod by the book soldier who feels a little better than "the rabale" he commands. bowie and crockett meet when bowie helps davy out in a fight and they become fast friends. travis meets davy at a drunken party and learns that davy is here to through in with the texas fighters. Wayne's crockett is the glue that holds the command together as travis and bowie can not stand each other and in fact plan a duel as soon as the battle is over.
    the alamo set is one of the best recreations in the film, looking like it must have in real life. the battles are the highlight of the movie,and are a true movie spectacle.
    now as for history,it doesn't even come close to right, but it did make me look up books about the alamo so i can over look this one problem. the cast is great and the movie will stay with you long after you watch it. i think you will love "the alamo" as much as i do if you give it a chance....more info
  • Bring on the uncut version
    I yield to no one in my love for this film (even though I grew up in San Antonio and know how questionable the history is), but why hasn't the studio released the original, uncut version, which ran some 40 minutes longer than this one? There are huge chunks of my movie missing, and I want them back!...more info
  • Well intended movie, but edited
    This movie was overdone with comic relief which distracted from the story somewhat, but compared to other versions of the Alamo, it is well intended and positive heroic portrayl of the battle and the men who fought it. I prefer John Wayne to the PC cynical versions. But this version has parts cut out, some of them quite important to the movie. Find the uncut version if you can, but this and Fess Parker's Davy Crockett are the best versions of the Alamo around to date....more info
  • remember "the alamo"
    i'm a huge john wayne fan and i love almost anything he did, so i really love the alamo. as history it's not veven close to the truth but as a epic and a war film it is fantastic. wayne directed and stared in this film, a film he spent years and most of his money to make.you know the story so i won't go into it,but just sit back and watch this one and enjoy a tale of courge honor and duty. you'll never forget "the alamo" the extras are good also...more info
  • John Wayne is at his best in this epic account of one of history's most courageous battles
    This review is for the 2000 release MGM DVD.

    The movie, `The Alamo' is a major theatrical re-creation of the siege and the final assault on the Alamo in 1836. This battle is arguably the most celebrated military engagement in Texas history (although Texas did win its independence at the battle of San Jacinto). Many historians believe the battle at the Alamo allowed Sam Houston's army to gain men and time to win their independence. For many Americans and most Texans, the battle has become a symbol of patriotic sacrifice as the freedom fighters were outnumbered 2400 to 197. The four main characters in the film are General Sam Houston (Richard Boone), Colonel William Travis (Laurence Harvey), Davey Crocket (John Wayne) and Jim Bowie (Richard Whitmark).

    There are a lot of great things about this film. John Wayne produced and directed this massive production and even built a small town in South Texas to re-create the battle. The cast included thousands of men in full authentic-looking Mexican uniforms. The final battle is well done with plenty of action and impressive stunt work. Wayne also gives an outstanding as Davey Crocket. Best of all, the film sends the clear message of the heroism of the men who choose to fight even in the face of death.

    I only have three minor pet peeves with the film. One is that Colonel William Travis was born in South Carolina and later moved to Texas and as a result, Laurence Harvey with his thick British accent was clearly miscast for this part. Another problem is that most Texas historians will affirm the famous story that Travis drew a line in the sand, and said, "Those prepared to give their lives in freedom's cause, come over to me." The line in the sand incident was not shown in the movie, but there was a scene that in effect was the same type of challenge to his army. Finally, the film is 2 hours and 43 minutes long. It really needed to be shortened by at least 15 minutes and preferably a half an hour.

    The DVD quality is a beautiful widescreen color presentation. The color and contrast appear visually accurate and the film transfer is pristine. There is a very good 40-minute long documentary about the filming of this movie with plenty of interviews and several old Black & White clips of John Wayne discussing the historical significance of the Alamo.


    Movie: B+

    DVD Quality: A...more info
  • The Alamo
    This movies is great. It has great sound and it also has very very good picture. But when it is dark it dosen't look very well. But still good.

    THE DVD HAS TWO FEATURES AND THEY ARE:

    1.A 40-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY

    2. AND A ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER

    THIS DVD HAS OVER 43 MINUTES OF BONUS FEATURES...more info
  • The Alamo
    This was a great movie. I am not a big fan of John Wayne but this one was a fun ride! I liked how the Deguello sounds in this movie I like the battle scenes. And the dvd is so cool it has perfect picture and sound. Just an amazing dvd. An the special features are good to. The special features are

    .John Wayne's the Alamo Documentary

    .Theatrical Trailer

    Thats it in this dvd


    I timed the Special Features an then added it all up and I got

    43 Minutes of Special Features...more info
  • The Alamo
    Great movie. I like how the music sounds. I like when he says "fire the signal boy" then he fires then you say Davy's men and they stop and look and one guy says it must be the boy then Davy says I think so then they ride then you hear that music that I love. I also like when Sam Houston is talking to William Travis and Sam Houston says (mister Travis I would trust Jim Bowie with my life more than that I would trust him with the lifes of my family more than that I would trust him with the life of texas.Travis I have never been able to like you but you are another one of those men I will trust in the life of Texas.) Then Sam Houston walks away. I also love that part. How people say things in the movie is what I love the most.
    The dvd is not the uncut one only on the vhs is the uncut but I don't care I love this movie so it's good enough and long enough for me. I like the battle when the wall comes down then Travis gets out his sword and goes at them and he is killing the mexicans with the sword. Then he gets shot in the side of his stomach. Then he breaks the sword and he dies. I also like when Crockett is running in the church and he has a torch with him and he gets stab by a boynett and he gets free and then he goes to the gun powder and throws the torch to the gun powder and then the church blows up. I also like how Bowie dies he is in the bed and you see his slave shoot a mexican then bowies gun shoots six mexicans all together then he gets two pistols and shoots and they are gonna kill him but his slave jumps in front and they kill his slave then bowie gets his knife and cuts a mexicans throat then they kill him with the boynetts.
    The dvd has a trailer. And a 40 minute documentary.
    The dvd has nice and clear quality picture. And quality sound.This is a great little dvd with a big adventure in the dvd....more info
  • The Alamo
    This was a good movie.I live in Texas. And some trips were spent to San Antonio and I always go to the alamo and I have memories of being a very special place. And this movie is just amazing. I like anything about the alamo.The alamo has a special place in my heart. And the people who died there. Anyways back to the movie. The movie is great and not very accurate but it is stil good. John Wayne is good as colonel Davy Crockett and the rest of the cast is just as good. Also the battle of the Alamo is great in the movie. The action is great. I think the battle of the Alamo is the most important in the movie because Texans have naturally emotion for the alamo and part of it is the fact that texas was a republic before it was a state. The battle of the alamo is a part of that history for giving an identity for texas so if you are gonna be a texan you got to remeber the alamo.
    And this movie did a very well job of all that stuff. Many people always say what texas is? well courage,honor, we will call that texas.
    Anyways the movie is good on dvd it has great sound great porfomences by John Wayn,Richard Boone, and much more stars.
    The dvd gives you great picture and great sound the dvd is da bomb.


    if you found this review helpful please put yes THANKYOU!

    FROM YOUR FRIENDLY COURTSEY NEIGHBORHOOD DAVY CROCKETT!...more info
  • The Alamo
    John Wayne produces,directs and stars in this bigger than life chronicle of one of the most remarkable events in American history. At the alamo a crumbling adobe mission 185 exceptional men joined together in a sacred pact:They would stand firm against an army of 7,000 and willingly give their lives for freedom.
    Filmed entirely in Texas,only a few miles from the site of the actual battle,The alamo is a visually stunning and historically accurate celebration of courage and honor. Co-starring Richard Widmark,Laurence Harvey and Chill Wills,and garnering seven Oscar nominations,it is an emotion-charged brilliantly pictured telling of this famed story.


    SPECIAL FEATURES IN THIS DVD ARE:

    .John Wayne's The alamo documentary.

    .Original Theatrical Trailer.

    .English 5.1 surround sound

    .French stero surround sound.

    .Spanish Mono

    .French and Spanish language subtitles

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  • too bad we can't have the full version
    I will try not to repeat what others have said, I simply agree that it is the best Alamo movie to date, and a masterpiece of cinema. As I live in Europe, I was able to buy and watch the British VHS release of the movie in 1993, which was 203 minutes long and contained good scenes that were deleted from the movie for reasons that I do not know. I wish this version, which is no longer available in Britain, could be released on DVD. I hope the decison-makers at MGM get other requests like mine......more info
  • A GREAT WAR EPIC!
    John Wayne's "The Alamo" is an excellent film. It features stunning cinematography, epic battle sequences, superb storytelling, and fine performances by the likes of Wayne, Laurence Harvey, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon and Richard Boone. Despite a few quibbles, the movie is very true to what happened during those "thirteen days of glory at the siege of Alamo."
    The DVD not only features excellent picture and sound, but also includes an informative and entertaining documentary on the making of this grand film. Any John Wayne fan, or fan of historical epics, will definitely want to keep this one in their film collection! Movie/DVD Grade: A-...more info
  • The Alamo
    This is definitely one of John Wayne's best movies. The all star cast really brings this epic Texas story to life. It is too bad that when it was released, Hollywood ignored it. Well, the American public did also, thus almost bankrupting John Wayne. ...more info
  • The Duke's "Alamo" is still the best, despite its flaws...
    As a child I thought this was one of the greatest films of all time, but as I watch it as an adult now I see the movie's many flaws: having a British actor play Col. Travis; the often corny dialogue, especially John Wayne's cheesy, vomit-inducing speeches (what was he thinking?!?); the many historical innaccuracies, & the whole romance subplot with the Duke & the Mexican girl which ends 1/3 of the way into the movie. Well, a lot of this is forgivable. After all, who doesn't want to see John Wayne playing Davy Crocket? The large-scale battle scenes are still very impressive & are what make this so watchable today. This DVD is NOT the uncut version but if it were up to me I would've edited a lot more scenes. The picture quality of the dvd is great & there's a documentary & trailer included. There will never be a 100% accurate Hollywood movie made about the Alamo, but for pure entertainment value this one is hard to beat. The incredible score by Dimitri Tiomkin adds so much to the film's emotional aspects. I can only hope that a special edition of "The Alamo" will be released someday. Until then, however, you're still getting your money's worth by buying this dvd....more info
  • Still Waiting For the 2-Disc Special Edition
    One could easily say that seeing this film for the first time was a turning point in my life (it probably had a great impact on a lot of other 6-year old boys, too). To this day, John Wayne's "The Alamo" still has a firm grip on me emotionally.

    True, the film is not accurate to history, but I dare anyone to name a movie that is! As I stated in my review of "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc", Hollywood makes "movies", not documentaries (and most documentaries don't agree on the details of the Alamo, anyway). Movie producers, like John Wayne, try to make an "entertainment", to sell tickets and make money. People who think film makers are honor-bound to tell only the truth on the screen are kidding themselves.

    So the question is: Does this movie entertain? Speaking subjectively, I say a resounding "Yes!". I guess there's still a lot of 6-year old in me.

    One suggestion I have for Ted Turner (or whoever makes the DVD decisions over at MGM) is to release the roadshow Director's Cut version on a 2-Disc Special Edition. Include the 40-minute documentary found on the current disc, and any other archival footage pertaining to the film (Oscars, premiere, interviews). I would also like to see the television special, "Spirit of the Alamo", that John Wayne hosted in 1960. A part of it was used in the aforementioned documentary, but it would be nice to see the program complete for a change. Perhaps the discs could also include a printed history of the Alamo and other events during the Texas Revolution, so viewers won't come away from the film thinking they just witnessed the truth.

    As a personal added bonus to yours truly, it would be nice to see the original poster art on the DVD cover for a change, showing a fine painting of the battle in full fury....more info
  • Frankie Avalon in one of his 1st movie roles
    The movie is good and with Frankie Avalon in one of his 1st movie roles....more info
  • Still Enjoyable
    Following the cinematic release of this years retelling of this factually based story, interest is renewed in this dated, but still hugely enjoyable John Wayne epic. An impressive, if diverse cast of A list stars (for the year of production) do much for the flavor and intensity of the picture, which although a little lumbering in places, is a very accomplished piece of film making. I will spare the synopsis, as most viewers and collectors will know the story, but think it is enough to say that this will go down as a classic in the genre. Waynes flag waving, and at times almost overbearing political ideals are very much apparent in the fabric of the picture, but this should not disuade you from a very entertaining western. I use that term a little loosely, as it is more than a western, and was groundbraking in more ways than one at the time of it's production. The DVD also contains a very intimate and interesting peek at the movies production in a special documentary which more than adds to the value of this (now keenly priced) release. A movie that will grace any home collection, and well worth the money....more info
  • great movie
    The Duke's Alamo is a fine film. So is Walt Disney's Davy Crockett and the 2004 Alamo with Billy Bob Thorton as a fine Davy Crockett. You can't beat all of these for excellent historical adventures....more info
  • Even with the soft spots, very satisfying.....
    After watching "The Alamo" and being thoroughly disappointed, I turned to the Duke and Walt to fix the damage done.....

    I realize some folks think that Walt Disney's "Davy Crockett" is kids stuff, but it was just as accurate and much more engaging that this sad new one.....

    As much as Billy bob looks like some of Davy's pictures, the director fails to understand what men like that are like......Walt was one of them, he knew.....

    It takes a great director, with the understanding of finesse and legends that's required to pull something like this off.....

    Enjoy the new boxed restored set from Disney video, "Davy Crockett" to learn about the man, watch the Duke's film to understand what happened at the Alamo.....there was a reason they fought.......

    The directors cut is the one to get.......more info

  • John Wayne shoulda got a Best Director Oscar
    John Wayne's version of The Alamo is one of my favorite Alamo movies, next to the recent epic blockbuster The Alamo with Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett, Jason Patric as James Bowie, Patrick Wilson as Col. William B. Travis, and Dennis Quaid as General Sam Houston.
    John Wayne wanted to tell the story of the famous battle at the Alamo and it's sacrifice, but he couldn't do it because the movie studio, Republic Pictures, the one he was under contract with, said he could only act in it and not direct it or he could direct it and not act in it.
    So Wayne decided to strike out on his own to make his picture, he selected the principal actors and the extras, he built his own set of the Alamo mission and it's inner courtyard and the town of San Antonio de Bexar, and most of the money that Wayne spent on the movie came from his own pocket.
    I mean, John Wayne wanted to make The Alamo and he did, I personally think that he should have been nominated and perhaps, awarded a Best Director Oscar for his direction of The Alamo.
    I have the DVD version of this movie, but the one I have is the one with John Wayne standing in front of the Alamo holding his rifle on his shoulder, I don't this version yet.
    John Wayne: Best Director: The Alamo...more info