The Alamo Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for The Alamo the Movie

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Dry as a tumbleweed epic is the latest and not so greatest in a dozen odd big-screen tries of dubious success at depicting the historic Texas battle. Thornton stars as Davy Crockett along with Wilson, Patric, and Quaid as William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Sam Houston who, along with 189 others, form the "Texican" holdouts who, after nearly two weeks of anxious waiting, battle the Mexican army of nearly 2,500 and their General, Santa Anna (Echevarria). Mostly tedious waiting, while the actual battle is surprisingly sterile. Thornton (if not his character) emerges unscathed with an excellent performance, especially in the winning rooftop fiddle serenade scene. Supporting work is more uneven. Big-budgeter looks great and is exacting in historical accuracy but ultimately lacks dramatic punch and a cohesive plot.

Distribution

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on DVD
Running time 137 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Historical Drama, Mexico, Period Piece: 19th Century, Westerns, Big Battles, Gunslingers, Texas
Screenplay
John Lee Hancock, Leslie Bohem, Stephen Gaghan
Cast
Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Emilio Echeverria, Jordi Molla, Leon Rippy, Marc Blucas, Tom Davidson, Robert Prentiss, Ken Page, Joe Stevens, Steven Prince, Tom Everett, Brandon Smith, Rance Howard, Stephen Bruton, Emily Deschanel, Laura Clifton, Edward "Blue" Deckert
Cinematography
Dean Semler, John O'Connor
Director
John Lee Hancock
Music
Carter Burwell
Other
John Pritchett, Eric L. Beason, Dan Webster, Lauren E. Polizzi, Daniel Orlandi, Michael Corenblith
Producer
Ron Howard, Mark Johnson, Imagine Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista

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