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Gone to Texas (1986)

Sam Elliott , Claudia Christian , Peter Levin  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson, Michael C. Gwynne, Donald Moffat
  • Directors: Peter Levin
  • Writers: Frank Q. Dobbs, John Binder
  • Producers: Sam Elliott, Frank Q. Dobbs, J.D. Feigelson, Paul Freeman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O0SL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gone to Texas" on IMDb

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The American West has produced more than its share of legends, but none greater than the true-life story of Sam Houston. SAM ELLIOTT is the frontier hero and statesman whose bravery and vision led to the creation of…Texas! 1829 - Sam Houston's career as the popular governor of Tennessee ends in disgrace and heartbreak. He treks back to the happy place of his boyhood among the Cherokee Indians. Houston finds love with a part-Cherokee (DEVON ERICSON) and honor as he negotiates peace among warring tribes. Yet the U.S. Government destroys his triumph by coldly seizing the Cherokee land. In despair, he heads up to the Mexican territory of Texas to join his old friend Jim Bowie (MICHAEL BECK) in an epic fight for the liberation of what will one day be the state of Texas. A star-studded cast including JAMES STEPHENS as Stephen Austin recreate a pivotal crossroads of the United States...when Sam Houston has "GONE TO TEXAS."

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching January 29, 2004
By A Customer
I have never been much of a history buff, but lately Texas History has become a passion of mine.
I thought this movie had some outstanding acting (with the exception of Sam Houston's part Cherokee wife) and told a story that you rarely get to see in such honesty. Watching previous accounts of the battle at the Alamo between Santa Ana and General might be led to believe that Houston was a coward for not going to go help them fight. But watching this movie, and reading more about what he did, you understand his reasons for refusing..and you find a new found respect for the man. Well, at least I did. Very well done and very informative! I give it an enthusiastic two thumbs up!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving Sam Houston autobiography May 9, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Gone to Texas is a good TV movie about the life of Sam Houston. It follows Houston from his days as the Governor of Tennessee all the way through to his time as the commander of the army during the Texas War for Independence. Interweaved through it all is depictions of the fall of the Alamo, the Goliad massacre, and also the government convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos. This is also one of the only movies to show the taking of San Antonio by the Texans three months before the siege of the Alamo.
This may not be very interesting to people who do not already know something about Houston or at least some background about the time. Sam Elliott is pretty good as Sam Houston with Michael Beck giving a decent performance as the knife fighter Jim Bowie. There is a very good presentation of the battle for San Jacinto as well. Interesting movie which does take a while to get going.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God & Texas...and Sam Houston September 9, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This made for TV movie is a decent attempt to portray one of the central figures in the Texas Revolution and the subsequent history of Texas. Told from the perspective of Sam Houston, the story begins with a cameo of Houston's election as Govenor of Tennessee and a very brief explanation of his subsequent journey to Texas on the eve of revolution.
The history portrayed is largely correct, and the scenes of battle (at the Alamo and at San Jacinto) are carefully portrayed and present viewpoints and information rarely seen elsewhere. I would like to have seen Sam Elliot shave off his famous moustache for the film, but I guess I can overlook that. As one of the many Jacksonian era living history reenactors whose time, effort, and presence made the movie, and especially the battle scenes, more accurate and memorable, I am somewhat prejudiced about the film's merits. Still, viewed from a historical perspective, it gives a good overview of the passions and politics that forged the Republic of Texas. If you want to learn something about the way Texas became an independent Republic, this movie beats reading almost any single account of the story. There are a few glaring flaws in the movie, but they pale in comparison to the overall product. Academy Award material? No, but a long way from boring.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Amadeus
I was in this movie as an extra (I played the Violin at Sam Houston's wedding). There were two Texas Historians on the set that could stop the filming at anytime and change what was said or done for accuracy. One was a non academic but knowledgeable historian and another was an academic type.

When Sam Elliot staggers over to me yelling for music I thought he was really drunk and was about to attack me. I'm an Ex Marine and not normally too worried about a fight. But I admit to be terrified when Sam came over. They had to stop the scene and start over.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama, Resonable Historically Accurate October 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This was a very entertaining movie about the life of Sam Houston, through the battle of San Jacinto. A good companion to this movie would be the book "The Sword of San Jacinto". END
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sam Elliott is good in this movie July 24, 2005
I love Sam Elliott. I bought this because I like Sam Elliott, Tennessee, and Sam Houston. Nothing is particularly factual here and the picture quality of the DVD stands a lot of improvement. But a decent watch, when tired of everything else on your shelf.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a Cold Winter Day January 2, 2005
This is not the best TV movie ever made, but it's got its moments. In particular, several actors truly bring to life the people they portray. John P. Ryan personifies the jerk history knows David Burnett to have been. Richard Y'iquez and Peter Gonzales Falcon had roles much too small, as General Santa Anna and Juan Seguin, but they played them so very well. Sam Elliott, particularly in exhibiting Houston's oratorical skill, was fascinating. It comes closer to portraying the time than do many other depictions of the Texas Revolution.

Given a choice between this one and The Alamo (2004), I'll take Gone to Texas.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "REMEMBER THE ALAMO!" August 2, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"Gone to Texas" is one of those films that resonate with truth. Sam Elliott is one of the great actors of our time, and his portrayal of Sam Houston is incredible! A fine supporting cast, and a brilliant recreation of the battle of San Jacinto! This is a movie worth owning! An awesome made-for-television historical epic! Grade: A+
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 14 days ago by James Hafner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a fan
Published 18 days ago by Tiggernutfan
5.0 out of 5 stars fine biography about Sam Houston
fine biography about Sam Houston,a bit slow in the beginning,but never the less a good movie.An for everyone who likes Sam Elliott now what he can expect,GOOD ACTING.
Published 23 days ago by Van Vlierberghe Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars Western Movie
For the fans of Sam Elliott, this movie about Texas history is a sure winner. Sam is a fine actor, and always the good guy.
Published 2 months ago by VP Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Old TV series
Sam Elliot is good but seems to over emote. I f you like history and don't mind some poetic license, it's okay.
Published 3 months ago by D. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars History Again
This is similar to Texas but more emotions involved. I can't believe how it was to defeat Sana Anna in a short period of time.
Published 5 months ago by Randall Canter
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD SAM ELLIOT VEHICLE!
A good historical piece, Sam plays Sam Austin and tells the story of how he helped bring the State of Texas in to being. Well acted and worth a watch.
Published 5 months ago by Richard H. Burk
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
We were very pleased with purchase.
Published 5 months ago by Charles Belew
4.0 out of 5 stars A great history movie on Sam Houston.
If you remember that this was made a long time ago & just watch it for the enjoyment. Then it will take you for a ride. They just don't make them like they used to.
Published 6 months ago by Wayne Fieldhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars sam
Really good film if you like a history review of early Texas and Sam Houston depending on how true this is worth purchasing
Published 10 months ago by mick j r
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