The Alamo Reviews
Having grown up with the John Wayne and Fess Parker versions, I found this movie of the famous massacre to be pretty good. Disney produced this movie so you know it's going to be good despite stories of how they cut it up.
Billy Bob Thornton's portrayal of David Crocket really made the movie and I highly recommend the movie just for him. Crocket is a simple man who is shadowed by his own legend.
Dennis Quaid's Sam Houston was also very good, trying desperately to fight off the enormous Mexican army of Santa Ana (Emilio Echevarría), who was known as the Napoleon of the West. In this movie, Santa Ana is portrayed as a cruel despot.
The film also covered the Tejanos who, although they were Mexican, were unhappy with the Mexican government that they would join these Texian low-lifes in their revolt. Sad-eyed Captain Juan Seguin (Jordi Mollá) said it best that, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
The movie continues on with the battle of San Jacinto. This is well worth watching if you get the chance.
All the characters are multi-dimensional and wholly believable. Billy Bob Thornton should have won the Oscar for his touching portrayal of Crocket. My wife and I avoided this movie due to all the bad reviews. When we finally saw it, we were flabbergasted. See this film and judge for yourself. The critics were wrong. -- Leonard Pipitone