The Alamo (2004)

The Alamo (2004)

The Alamo



Critic Consensus: Too conventional and uninvolving to be memorable.

Movie Info

The roads cross at San Antonio de Bexar at a small, ruined mission called The Alamo--a place where myth meets history and legend meets reality. In the spring of 1836 nearly 200 Texans--men of all races who believed in the future of Texas--held the fort for thirteen 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 Colonel William Travis; the violent, passionate James Bowie; and the larger-than-life living … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sustained intense battle sequences)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Bohem, Stephen Gaghan, John Lee Hancock, John Sayles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2004
Box Office: $22.4M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


as Sam Houston

as Davy Crockett

as Jim Bowie

as Col. William Travis

as Gen. Antonio Lopez d...

as Juan Seguin

as Generalissimo Antoni...

as Sgt. William Ward

as Col. Green Jamison

as James Bonham

as Albert Grimes

as Micajah Autry

as Mial Scurlock

as Captain Almeron Dick...

as Susanna Dickinson

as Private Gregorio Esp...

as Lieutenant John Fors...

as Tom Waters

as Daniel Cloud

as Grey No. 1

as Chief Bowl

as Grey No. 2

as Rosanna Travis

as Colorado Smith

as Isaac Millsaps

as Lieutenant Colonel J...

as David Burnet

as Mosley Baker

as Governor Smith

as Boy in Store

as Store Owner

as Mrs. Ayres

as General Castrillon

as Colonel Jose Batres

as Colonel Juan Almonte

as Charging Mexican Sol...

as Battery Private

as Battery Sergeant

as Colonel Duque

as Francisco Esparza

as Ana Esparza

as Deaf Smith

as Tejano Child

as Stunning Tejana's Mo...

as Stunning Tejana

as James Hackett

as Stage Manager

as Mr. Jones

as Bill the Rider

as Charlie Travis

as Don Jose Palaez

as Mexican Scout

as General Cos' Messeng...

as Settler

as Firing Squad First L...

as Ursula Veramendi

as Enrique Esparza

as Tennessean No. 1

as Bowie Man in Street

as Goliad Man
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Critic Reviews for The Alamo

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (42)

Something was missing from the film. It lacked punch.

Full Review… | February 4, 2015
7M Pictures

Doesn't work despite Thornton's top performance.

Full Review… | September 9, 2010
Common Sense Media

This dog of a movie confirms that in 1836 Texas was stolen from Mexico by a bunch of opportunistic bastards whose descendants went on to use similarly underhanded methods to steal the office of the White House in 2000.

Full Review… | May 5, 2009

There are great moments, though it's ultimately a lightweight film and certainly not an Oscar contender.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Not even good sets, plenty of historical detail, and Billy Bob Thornton can put life into director John Lee Hancock's slow-moving, poorly acted Texan saga.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006

Com exceção das performances de Thornton e Quaid, o filme traz caracterizações estereotipadas e freqüentemente se entrega ao sentimentalismo barato.

July 7, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Alamo


A good historical film, but I've seen better. Quaid has one of his best performances (in my opinion), but that's not saying much. Thornton was good. Jason Patric and Patrick Wilson were m'eh.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The Alamo was just not a good film. I did not like the acting, it was overdone and there's too much talking going on. The film tried to portray some men as heroes when, for example, the character Jim Bowie just seemed like a drunkard, slave-owning bastard (maybe America tries to portray him as a hero when in my perception he's not?. It's just not an interesting film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

The Alamo is the perfect example of a film that really good, but has gotten so much bad press because it was a box office bomb. The Alamo is a very underrated film that is an interesting history lesson as well as an entertaining film. Yes, it's a period piece, and it doesn't have exciting, thrilling explosion. But the film is nonetheless an accomplished piece of work with a good enough cast to keep the viewer interested. I would recommend this film to people interested in history, and those interested in the Battle of the Alamo. There's a pretty good cast at hand here, and the film is one of those films that shouldn't be dismissed. The battle scenes are impressive, and will appeal to history buffs for sure. I think it's always impressive to see real events recreated and I thought that John Lee Hancock created a worthwhile historical film that will definitely appeal to history buffs. The Alamo shouldn't be regarded as a bad film. Just because the film bombed, doesn't mean films suck. There are tons of great films that have failed at the box office. If you're interested in the subject, then I recommend watching this film. But to the others expecting a solid action film, you will be sadly disappointed. A must see film for the history buff.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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