The Alamo (1960)

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In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.


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  • Laurence Harvey in The Alamo (1960)
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7 August 1999 | tomcody
A movie to inspire you
The movie that will make you appreciate freedom, a majestic film that is a classic. John Wayne waited his whole life to make a film he believed in. The story tells the defense of the Alamo mission against the oppression of the Mexicans led by Santa Anna. On par with Apollo 13 where you know the ending you will be cheering for the Americans to win. I was moved by the defenders making a stand for freedom. Brilliant!

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Trivia

Despite being a top-ten money maker for 1960, and its popularity in Europe and Japan, the film could not recoup its massive budget in its initial release. John Wayne assumed huge personal debt to get the film finished after United Artists refused to pay for cost overruns during production. It wasn't until the television rights sale in 1971 that Wayne's personal debts were finally paid off. It premiered on NBC in September 1971.


Quotes

Jim Bowie: You're a damn fool Travis.


Goofs

When Crockett and his men arrive at the Alamo, and he is standing in front of his men, he is a few feet away from Bowie. When the camera angle changes, he is standing right next to Bowie.


Alternate Versions

After its LA premiere the film was cut by approximately 26 minutes. It wasn't until 1992 that these scenes were restored for release on LaserDisc and VHS. As of April 2007 all DVD releases feature the shorter general release version. The following scenes were added back:

  • The original overture, intermission, theatrical trailer, and end themes;
  • The "Jefferson Speech" extended between Col. Travis & Cap. Dickinson;
  • The death of Emil Sand;
  • Conversation between Col. Travis & Col. Bowie regarding Col. Fannin;
  • The death of the Parson and Scotty;
  • Crockett's prayer following Parson's & Scotty's death;
  • The "Philosophical Debate" when the Alamo defenders talk about God;
  • More complete "Gunpowder Raid" scene;
  • Crockett's night with Senora;
  • Senora's brief scene with a fleeing young woman;
  • Birthday Party for Dickson's child;
  • Bonham's original report to Travis;
  • A slightly different Crockett death scene.


Soundtracks

Ballad of the Alamo
(uncredited)
Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by an off screen chorus

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Adventure | Drama | History | War | Western

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