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I am completely in awe why the studio would release the trimmed down version of this film on DVD!
Please please release the 202 minute version.
True, the film is not accurate to history, but I dare anyone to name a movie that is! As I stated in my review of "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc", Hollywood makes "movies", not documentaries (and most documentaries don't agree on the details of the Alamo, anyway). Movie producers, like John Wayne, try to make an "entertainment", to sell tickets and make money. People who think film makers are honor-bound to tell only the truth on the screen are kidding themselves.
So the question is: Does this movie entertain? Speaking subjectively, I say a resounding "Yes!". I guess there's still a lot of 6-year old in me.
One suggestion I have for Ted Turner (or whoever makes the DVD decisions over at MGM) is to release the roadshow Director's Cut version on a 2-Disc Special Edition. Include the 40-minute documentary found on the current disc, and any other archival footage pertaining to the film (Oscars, premiere, interviews). I would also like to see the television special, "Spirit of the Alamo", that John Wayne hosted in 1960. A part of it was used in the aforementioned documentary, but it would be nice to see the program complete for a change. Perhaps the discs could also include a printed history of the Alamo and other events during the Texas Revolution, so viewers won't come away from the film thinking they just witnessed the truth.
As a personal added bonus to yours truly, it would be nice to see the original poster art on the DVD cover for a change, showing a fine painting of the battle in full fury.
Very much a personal crusade, he raised the $12m budget partially from a trio of Texas millionaires and from his own pocket. The set and surrounding village were actually built three years before shooting, ostensibly so that vegetation could grow naturally around it, though problems raising the budget seem more likely. Nonetheless, the film's much-trumpeted great pains to look authentic extends to the casting, enhanced by some of the great faces in the supporting cast, not least of them the irreplaceable Hank Worden, replacing Old Mose Harper's desire for a rockin' chair for 'the time to live and a place to die' in one of his best performances as the Parson. Laurence Harvey, a man reputedly in life as innately impossible to like as his character in The Manchurian Candidate, carries the dramatic element as Travis more than efficiently, while Wayne and Widmark give perfect demonstrations of fleshing out a part through star quality as Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie.
Along with 55 Days at Peking, this was the biggest of the siege epics of the sixties (Zulu, Khartoum, The War Lord), recounting a somewhat romanticised version of the iconic battle that saw some 185 men hold off 7000 Mexican soldiers for thirteen days.Read more ›
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It's a great movie. It should be remembered and watched for all time. I just hope nay Sayers will at least recount the sacrifice the Texans (including many Mexicans) who helped... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Gabriel Serrano
THE MOVIE ITSELF IS FINE AND I GOT A GOOD PRICE.I HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE FULL VERSION ON DVD OR TCM CABEL T.V..IT'S PRETTY HARD TO SEE THAT AND THEN ENJOY A CUT DOWN ONE. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WILLIAM[+]
Entertaining and good movie.Shows heavy Ford influence on John Wayne's. Directing style.Like all of Fords westerns a huge dose of heroic characters sometimes at the expense of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bryant Kelleher
What's left to be said about this very mediocre, very fictionalized and poorly directed version of the the battle at the Alamo. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stuart P.
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