The Alamo

The Alamo

DVD - 1960
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An epic involving American history - when 185 Texans banded together in a crumbling adobe mission to hold off an army of 7000 Mexican troops long enough to insure the ventual independence of Texas.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, c1960.
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780792847878
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (162 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Nov 24, 2018

I don't really like John Wayne, and I wonder if anyone under 50 does. Sure, he's an icon, but he represents a certain kind of Americanism (swaggering, patriotic, violent) that, while still popular, has an unpleasant odor. So I was surprised that I didn't hate "The Alamo," which Wayne directed, produced, and starred in. Predictably, he plays the mythic Davy Crockett, while Richard Widmark, an actor I always like, plays Jim Bowie, and Brit Laurence Harvey plays Colonel Travis. It's too long, poorly paced, and has a sentimental streak, but the lead actors are good, the soundtrack is memorable, it doesn't demonize the Mexicans, and the action scenes are well-done. There's a newer version (2004) with Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid in the lead roles. Oh, for some reason Frankie Avalon is in it.

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