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Last Command [VHS] (1955)

Sterling Hayden , Anna Maria Alberghetti , Frank Lloyd  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sterling Hayden, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Richard Carlson, Arthur Hunnicutt, Ernest Borgnine
  • Directors: Frank Lloyd
  • Writers: Sy Bartlett, Warren Duff
  • Producers: Frank Lloyd
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300208621
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Moderate Jim Bowie leads rebellious Texicans--and Davy Crockett--in a last-ditch stand against his old friend, Santa Anna.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie June 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie by chance in 1955 when I was 14 years old. In the next few years I saw it at least 25 - 30 more times. It sparked an interest in the Alamo than has never waned. I have seen every movie available about the Alamo and I still think the Last Command is tops over them all, including John Wayne's epic with it's great battle scenes. A well-cast movie, with Sterling Hayden as the perfect Jim Bowie. Richard Carlson plays a strong Travis, confrontational with Bowie, yet not as over-the-top obnoxious as he was portrayed by Lawrence Harvey in John Wayne's production. Arthur Hunnicutt is without question the best "movie" Davy Crockett ever. The movie shows both the Texan and Mexican points of view, and J. Carrol Naish does a good job in the role of Santa Anna. The other supporting actors are also well cast - look for Slim Pickins, John Russell and Jim Davis in early minor roles. It is probably the most accurate of the Alamo movies in spite of the fact that there is ALWAYS Hollywood poetic license in EVERY movie based on real people and events. The critics just need to back off that angle - it's just the way it is. A fast-paced film that should satisfy any action-adventure fan. To this day The Last Command is my favorite movie of ALL TIMES - not the best mind you, but still my favorite. I have probably seen it over 200 times and never get bored watching it. This movie should definitely be released on DVD!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rousing, if Modestly Budgeted Alamo Epic! January 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
'The Last Command' is a film with a better backstory than the film itself! First batted around Republic Pictures as a potential vehicle for John Wayne, the production was put on the back burner when Wayne decided he wanted total creative control, and decided to produce and direct his own version, with a budget Republic couldn't match.
Republic DID, however, have an arsenal of talent available, and a shooting script, and eventually brought in veteran director Frank Lloyd, who had just come off a ten-year hiatus with 'The Shanghai Story', in 1954. Sterling Hayden, fresh from the cult classic 'Johnny Guitar', and a featured role in Fox's lavish 'Prince Valiant', signed to play Jim Bowie ("I needed the money to refit my boat," he joked). Richard Carlson, whose 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' had just been released by Universal (becoming a big hit) was tapped to play Alamo commander William Barret Travis. Ernest Borgnine, whose 'Marty' was garnering rave reviews (and would earn him an Oscar) took on the showy supporting role of Bowie adversary/friend Mike Radin and starlet Anna Maria Alberghetti, in her first non-singing role, became the female lead. Two veteran character actors rounded out the major cast: J. Carrol Naish, as a sympathetic yet decisive Santa Anna, and, in an offbeat but inspired casting move, bearded Arthur Hunnicutt as a rustic Davy Crockett (who would very nearly steal the film!).
The production was very modestly budgeted, so much so that the number of extras serving as the Mexican army was limited, but director Lloyd and cinematographer Jack Marta were old hands at making more out of less, and with some judicious editing by Tony Martinelli, the illusion of thousands of Mexican soldiers was achieved.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Republic's Biggest and Best July 11, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Glad to see that some folks do appreciate "The Last Command," a film ignored by critics or derided by them because John Wayne more or less remade it in his epic, "The Alamo." (Wayne, in fact, trashed "The Last Comamnd" when it came out, feeling that Republic boss Herbert Yates had ruined Wayne's chance to make an Alamo film.) However, on its own, it's a terrific film, definitely on of Republic's "A" pictures, and it offers a more realistic depuction of the actual Alamo battle.

Just a few more points in addition to the praise already posted here.

--After watching the whole length of "The Alamo," it still isn't clear that many Mexicans joined the American settlers in the fight for Texas independence. After only about five minutes into "The Last Command," in contrast, the film makes it clear that opposition to Santa Anna was made up of both Americans and Mexicans, in just about equal numbers. This was the only film until recently that gave the brave Mexicans who stood with their American compatriots at the Alamo their due.

--Movie "experts" have long derided Republic's TrueColor process as vastly inferior to Technicolor. The restored TrueColor print of the film makes it clear that isn't true. TrueColor wasn't as good as Technicolor, true, but I believe it was as good as Eastmancolor at the time, and certainly far better than truly shoddy color processes like CineColor. It looks vibrant in this restored print.

--While the romance-with-the-seniorita angle hurt both "The Alamo" and "The Last Command," at least it made more sense in "The Last Command"--after all, Bowie was just widowed, his former wife was Mexican, and he was well-known and respected by the Mexican population of Texas.

--Veteran charcater actor J.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent March 27, 2003
By O. Rios
Format:VHS Tape
The Last Command, which mostly revolves around the story of Jim Bowie is an excellent movie on the Battle of the Alamo.
only 2 flaws to the last command.
1-they never show the alamo ala John Wayne's alamo.
they only show a part of the dome and the front doors.
so kinda stinks.
2-the battle scene is only 5 minutes long. i know cause i counted it. :)
but i will say this, the battle scene from the last command proably might be one of the most popular battle scenes of all the alamo movies. it's battle scenes have been used in The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory and in Texas.
excellent movie.
if you are an alamo fan, then you will surley enjoy The Last Command.
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I like movies about the Alamo and there are a lot of them ,lets me see it from other pointsof view.
Published on December 30, 2011 by old Rooster
4.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Alamo Film
Probably the best film ever made about the Alamo. This one is with Jim Bowie as the central character, and Sterling Hayden is terrific in this best-of-his-career role as Bowie. Read more
Published on May 23, 2010 by Joe Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing tale of the heroes of the Alamo
One of Republic's best...

Frank Lloyd's career stretched back to the silent era--he was a major director and made films for the top studios in Hollywood. Read more
Published on December 12, 2006 by LawnGuylandGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Olfactory!
Anyone who has played Hearts of Iron II - Doomsday knows this is not realistic. Nor a historifal simulation of possible third war outcomes. Expletive deleted.
Published on July 18, 2006 by Negotransmitter of Murder
5.0 out of 5 stars wayne's "the alamo" is better,but this low budget tale moves fast and...
i found this little gem in a 3 for $10.00 bin at a store nd i'm glad i found it. i had never heard of it before but i must say it is very good and the battle scenes are good. Read more
Published on May 6, 2006 by John D. Page
4.0 out of 5 stars what a man jim bowie
republic pictures was going to do this with john wayne, but they wouldn't let him direct and didn't want to make it the epic that he wanted. Read more
Published on February 13, 2006 by movie hound john
2.0 out of 5 stars A Snoozer Until Final Battle
I'm sure other reviewers will send me nasty e-mails about this one, but frankly I don't care. (I delete them anyway) This movie is a major snooze fest until the final battle. Read more
Published on March 5, 2004 by Peter Stines
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Command
A truly great western film and one of the best, if not THE BEST, Alamo movie ever made!
Published on February 27, 2004
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