The Alamo 2004

The Alamo

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Too conventional and uninvolving to be memorable.

29%

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45%

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In 1836 Gen. Sam Houston (Dennis Quaid) organizes a rebel army to liberate Texas from the brutal rule of Mexican dictator General Santa Anna (Emilio Echevarría). Though vastly outnumbered, Gen. Houston's volunteer army includes such folkloric figures as Jim Bowie (Jason Patric) and Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton). As Santa Anna's forces advance on San Antonio, the legendary general and his men prepare for a final heroic standoff at a battle-worn mission called the Alamo.

Cast & Crew

Dennis Quaid
Gen. Sam Houston
Jason Patric
James Bowie
Patrick Wilson
Col. William Barrett Travis
Jordi Mollà
Juan Seguin
Emilio Echevarría
Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
Marc Blucas
James Bonham
Leon Rippy
Sgt. William Ward
Matt O'Leary
Boy in Store
Leslie Bohem
Screenwriter
Stephen Gaghan
Screenwriter
Mark Johnson
Producer
Carter Burwell
Original Music
Dean Semler
Cinematographer
Eric L. Beason
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Critic Reviews for The Alamo

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  • Sep 29, 2019
    "Remember the Alamo!" A powerful war drama, The Alamo delivers an inspiring tale of courage and sacrifice. The story follows a group of settlers who have come to Texas searching for a new start, including frontiersmen Davy Crockett and James Bowie, but end up under siege at an old Spanish mission called The Alamo by the Mexican Army, which has come to squash the Texas Revolution. Featuring Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, and Patrick Wilson, the film has a strong cast. And the sets and costumes are remarkable well-done, giving a real authentic feel for the time-period. However, the violence has been sanitized somewhat, as there's little blood or gore. Yet despite a few weaknesses, The Alamo presents a compelling depiction of this battle, the men who fought it, and how it led to the formation of Texas.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    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
  • Nov 16, 2011
    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
  • Jul 04, 2011
    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.
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