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5.0 out of 5 stars "Does this mean what I think it do?" It do!", March 16, 2001
This review is from: The Alamo [VHS] (VHS Tape)
To paraphrase a line from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," when the truth won't support the legend, show the legend. John Wayne's personal labor of love to make this film is well known. Let's anticipate any comments about historical accuracy by calling it artistic license and move on. The authentic reproduction of sets and the thrilling large-scale battle scenes distinguish this film. The movie tends to ramble at over three hours in length, but an enthusiastic performance by a veteran cast makes the time pass quickly. Only Frankie Avalon in his over-sized "skunk-skin" cap looks out of place. He should run, not walk, back to the beach party. John Wayne portrays Davey Crockett as a clear-headed and deeply passionate patriot who waxes eloquent on such topics as republic, liberty, and battling tryanny. The film's unabashed appeal to patriotic duty and manly honor make it a beguiling relic of a by-gone era. The cliches may seem quaint, but you can't take anything away from their spirited presentation. Arguably, it reflects a WWII type fervor rather than the cynicism that later developed. It may explain why many professional critcs did not like this film when it was released in 1960. The legendary incident of Travis standing alone and the other Alamo defenders eventually standing with him is a high point of this movie. Since the script never misses a chance to exploit folklore, we're surprised that Travis never literally draws a line in the sand. Following the lead of his mentor, John Ford, filmmaker Wayne nicely blends humor and sentiment. Music that is by turns stirring and touching is used effectively. Action-adventure fans will enjoy the blood and thunder as the Mexican army attacks the makeshift ramparts manned by the outnumbered defenders. The cappuccino drinking "Sleepless in Seattle" crowd should skip this one. ;-)
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2014, 11:57:25 AM PDT
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A great review....Many thanks.
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