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  The Alamo (2004 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Alamo is a 2004 movie, a second major studio film about the legendary Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, that was shot and scheduled for release initially in December 2003 and then rescheduled for release in April 2004.
The film's art direction devoted the greatest care to historical accuracy and verisimilitude; for instance, the mission's facade does not feature the well-known "hump" at the top, a detail that was actually added years after the battle during a restoration.
The film was originally set up with Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard in the director's chair and producing partner Brian Grazer taking on producing duties.
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 Political Film Society - The Alamo
The Alamo, directed by Texasphile John Lee Hancock, appears to be one such project, a contemporary remake of the 1960 John Wayne movie of the same title that was intended to stiffen American resolve during the Cold War.
The film begins with titles informing filmviewers that the site of what later became known as the Alamo was founded in 1718 within the settlement of San Antonio as a Catholic mission, similar to the various missions in California.
The mission, according to the film, later fell into disuse (in 1793 the mission ended, Spain established the Alamo as a fort a decade later, and a militia of Texians and Tejanos ousted a Mexican military contingent in December 1835).
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 THE ALAMO (2004)
This is a film about dread: the dread of going to war when you face loosing odds, the dread of loneliness as you and your fellow patriots wait for an attack - for days on end, and the dread of knowing you're going to most certainly die and waiting for that to occur.
The leadership of the rebels at the Alamo is chiefly contested between Bowie and Travis.
Nevertheless, THE ALAMO is a very successful attempt at deconstructing the myth of the legendary siege of the fort and wisely investigates its characters as human and faulted figures and not as invincible soldiers.
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 The Alamo
Both of the films paces were quite slow and they each entered their delivering stages in the film extremely late.
The film is directed by John Lee Hancock and his sense of visuals can be appreciated because it is somewhat appealing in the film.
The Alamo is a disappointment of a film for the fact that it relied too much time on developing and not enough delivering.
www.angelfire.com /film/opinion/2004/alamo.html   (1085 words)

 Alamo, The (2004): Reviews
Politics aside, this is a handsome film with orange skies to die for, or under, and a lovely score by Carter Burwell.
The real struggle in The Alamo is between historic revisionism and Hollywood notions of sacrifice, and it's not much of a contest: Hollywood wins, as it did in John Wayne's sprawling, factually spurious 1960 film.
The good news first: The Alamo is probably the most historically accurate depiction yet to reach the screen of the famous siege.
www.metacritic.com /film/titles/alamo   (1365 words)

 CNN.com - Review: A rousing, triumphant 'Alamo' - Apr 8, 2004
The film sweeps you back to the spring of 1836, when the huge territory we now know as Texas was part of Mexico and ruled by the Mexican dictator Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (played by Emilio Echevarria).
This film, expertly directed by John Lee Hancock, tries to separate the myth from the facts and humanize the handful of men who died at that tiny outpost while fighting against thousands of highly trained Mexican soldiers.
In reality, the men who fought at the Alamo were a motley group of soldiers, farmers, lawyers, tradesmen, cowboys and even a few fl slaves fighting at the sides of their masters.
www.cnn.com /2004/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/08/review.alamo/index.html   (706 words)

 SOUNDWAVES CINEMA: The Alamo (2004)
They are concerned, of course, with a different era for the Alamo, the same era presented in the 1960 film that starred (and was directed by) John Wayne.
Hancock stages the climactic battle in the Alamo during the night, as opposed to Wayne's version that presented a daytime battle.
THE ALAMO will not be an Oscar contender by any means; for one thing, its way too early in the year, and in spite of being well executed it's not an Oscar level story or film.
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 Filmtracks: The Alamo (Carter Burwell)
The Alamo: (Carter Burwell) For nearly two weeks in 1836, 200 Texans of all sorts of origins and values held the crumbling fort at the Alamo against a massive siege of forces under the command of Mexico's dictator, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
The film would require that source music be used in several scenes throughout its length, and Burwell was therefore tasked with adapting traditional Mexican pieces before filming began.
The musical highlight of the film, mentioned by many critics in their analysis, is the scene in which Crockett takes his fiddle and plays counterpoint to the Mexican bands during the actual siege.
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 TheMovieBoy Review - Alamo, The (2004)
The final thirty minutes, which portray the downbeat attack on the Alamo, followed by the U.S.'s surprise victory at San Jacinto, are acceptably involving and large enough in scale to do the action justice.
Where "The Alamo" falls south is in its lackluster screenplay by Leslie Bohem, Stephen Gaghan, and John Lee Hancock.
The siege of the Alamo might have been a major event in the history of Texas, but you would never know it by watching this impersonal film adaptation.
www.themovieboy.com /reviews/a/04_alamo.htm   (851 words)

 The Alamo (2004) - Ninth Symphony Films Review
An interesting paradox concerning this film's angle is the way in which it spends ample time showing the motivation and attitude of the famous "Napoleon of the West," General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, during his army's siege of the famous fort.
Seeming to warm to his role as the picture wears on (it almost seems like the film was shot in sequence as the actor seems more comfortable in the role as the film progresses), Patric has some of the greatest "physical" acting to do (Bowie has consumption).
And beyond the value a film like this might have in a high school history class, the gritty emotional and simply human details presented about each of the characters makes the film increasingly dramatic (rather than historical) as the scenes unfold.
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 The Alamo (2004) - A Review by David Nusair
While the film is technically proficient and the performances are passable, there's absolutely nothing here for the average viewer to latch onto; the movie is curiously flat, void of any emotional context (think of this as the anti-Braveheart).
The first hour of The Alamo is primarily devoted to setup in which characters do nothing but talk, and the majority of their conversations are of absolutely no consequence.
And then there's the infamous battle at the Alamo, presumably meant to act as the highlight of the film (though another half hour of screentime follows rather anti-climactically).
www.reelfilm.com /alamo04.htm   (496 words)

 The Alamo (2004) mistakes, goofs and bloopers
In fact, it didn't even border "Alamo Square", the large area of land in the middle of the surrounding buildings and walls.
Alamo." Watch closely and you'll see his lips don't match "Alamo" and he keeps speaking without making a sound.
Continuity: While one of his advisors tells Houston that some of the men from Gonzales have deserted to go to the Alamo, the advisor's hands change from clasped in front of him to on his knees.
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 DVD Review: The Alamo (2004)
While not a complete disaster, "The Alamo" remains a largely forgettable affair, partially due to a lackluster retelling of the story and partially due to a cast that often appears uninterested.
Early in the film, Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) has found that his time in Congress is over, and he heads to Texas to join the militia.
The film's audio fares better than the video, as the battle sequences were livened up by excellent use of the surrounds.
www.currentfilm.com /dvdreviews5/alamodvd.html   (797 words)

 April 2004 | blackfilm.com | reviews | film | the alamo
The Alamo is not nearly the disaster it has been made out to be.
The film grasps for drama by focusing on the interpersonal conflicts and relations between the men.
The Mexicans in the film are never insulted, but their actions and dialogue will make some uneasy.
www.blackfilm.com /20040409/reviews/thealamo.shtml   (961 words)

 The Alamo (2004): Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson - PopMatters Film Review
But it is the mighty fiction -- of the film and the Alamo -- that these losers are roused to heroism: all were massacred by Santa Ana's 4000 troops.
Consigned to bed for the film's hour, Bowie is tended by his dead Mexican wife's sister, Juana (Estephana Lebaron, whose resemblance to her sister leads to Bowie's sweaty romantic hallucinating) and his slave Sam (Afemo Omilami).
While its acknowledgment of the slaves' plights is commendable, The Alamo -- at least in the current chopped-up form -- can't (or won't) represent the extent to which hypocrisy, racism, bullying, and anxiety (as well as the usually extolled courage and ambition) shaped the emerging United States.
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With the Mexican army repeatedly testing the resolve of their opponents and their defense of the Alamo, the much smaller American forces hope that Houston will be able to gather and send reinforcements before it's too late.
I suppose the exclamatory version of the well-known phrase is also being used by the marketing folks at Touchstone who are hoping that their big-budget adaptation of the true story will be remembered when viewers are choosing their entertainment options.
The film isn't horrendous by any means, but it's far from the sweeping epic it presumably was designed and intended to be.
www.screenit.com /ourtake/2004/the_alamo.html   (1060 words)

 Needcoffee.com DVD Review: The Alamo (2004)
It's the strongest of the four, and I'm sure that The History Channel packaged this as "The Alamo" to capitalize on the film that was supposed to open this past December...a damn shame for them since it's been pushed back to this spring.
The best part of this is watching the crew salivate over the set from the feature film, which they got to use to make their own flick.
Alamo afficionados will probably know a great deal of the information already, but they might want to own it in an easily digestible form...otherwise everyone else with just a regular interest would be well served just to rent the thing.
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 The Alamo (2004)
We hear that the Alamo acts as the last defense for the white Texans against the army of Santa Anna, and Travis receives the charge to command its soldiers.
Thus the film sets the stage for the defense of the Alamo.
Granted, the film has limited potential for surprises since it comes based on reality, but it’d have been nice to see something less conventional.
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 The Alamo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
An epic that evokes films such as HOW THE WEST WAS WON and DANCES WITH WOLVES, THE ALAMO details the key 1863 battle fought to win Texas from the Mexican government.
Remembering this Alamo is a lot easier with the fiddle in the capable hands of Billy Bob.
While the battle scenes Hancock conducts are symphonic in their concussive confusion and chaos, it's in the characterization that the film achieves some gravitas.
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 The DVD Journal | Quick Reviews: The Alamo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Far more compelling than any debate over the historical accuracy of this 2004 budget-buster is the question of whether the effort was produced by Disney, as claimed, or a secret cabal of lazy high school history teachers desperate for an inoffensive epic capable of occupying 135 minutes of unplanned class time.
If there's anything good to be said about this lackluster effort, it is either that it never veers completely into silly revisionism or that it was presciently made with a minimum of profanity and on-screen violence, making it perfect for the uninspired classroom viewings it seems predestined for.
Marginally better than the feature film is the commentary track, not by the filmmakers, but historians Alan Huffines and Stephen Hardin, who discuss the script's accuracies and foul-ups.
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 The Alamo (2004) - A Hollywood Jesus Movie Review
Both films are based on historical events where the outcome is certain.
The Texas Rebellion, of which the battle for the Alamo was but a part, was led by Americans who had recently broken away from the British Empire.
During what is perhaps the film’s most poignant scene, Crockett plays his fiddle to accompany a song the Mexican army plays every night before shelling the Alamo.
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 The Flick Filosopher | The Alamo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
William Barrett Travis (Patrick Wilson), the commander of the Alamo whom I'd never heard of before -- he's kind of a boring prig, even though we're supposed to believe that he's a whoring son of a dog, or something.
It's too bad, cuz in an alternate universe, there's a rousing version of this film that an alternate me is raving over, and through some kind of advanced transdimensional wormhole technology, Billy Bob Thornton manages to exist in both that universe and this one.
But Hancock flubs it, and the whole film would be a cartoon if only it had the energy to be ridiculous.
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 American Experience | Remember the Alamo | Film Description | PBS
Long before the Alamo made heroes of Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett and spawned the well-known battle cry, José Antonio Navarro and a group of Tejanos -- Mexicans of Texas who had lived there for generations -- started the battle for Texas.
The one-hour documentary Remember the Alamo explores the life of the famed Tejano leader and his efforts to protect the sovereignty of his homeland as it passed through the hands of multiple governments.
"After years of research in archives and libraries, and dozens of discussions with descendants and scholars, we have created a film that challenges popular notions of what happened at the Alamo in March of 1836, and in Texas," says producer Joseph Tovares (Zoot Suit Riots), who is himself a descendant of Tejanos from San Antonio.
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 The Alamo mistakes, goofs and bloopers
Continuity: In the scene on the last assault on the Alamo, Mexican cavalry (in red coats) jump the palisade next to the chapel and are killed by a volley of musketry and their bodies are littered everywhere.
The largest cannon used in the battle was in possession of the Alamo defenders.
The most likely reason Fannin never got to the Alamo with reinforcements was simply that he was afraid of Santa Anna's giant army and ruthless tactics.
www.moviemistakes.com /film1735   (1308 words)

 Amazon.com: The Alamo (Widescreen Edition): DVD: Dennis Quaid,Billy Bob Thornton,Jason Patric,Patrick Wilson,Emilio ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Dispensing with the grandiose myth-making of previous films on this subject (including John Wayne's gung-ho 1960 version), this well-written film breathes new, credibly dimensional life into the stodgy legends of Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton), Jim Bowie (Jason Patric), and Lt. Col.
Some reviewers have lamented the film is "too slow" or "boring." I maintain the movie is not meant to be an X-box game of gratuitous violence but a re-enactment of a siege that took 13 long days; I further maintain that when the actual fighting starts, it is powerful and at times even overwhelming.
He ended up at The Alamo by chance not realising the seriousness of it all but to try and tell an audience that he wasn't who he was is misleading and irresponsible.
www.amazon.com /Alamo-Widescreen-Dennis-Quaid/dp/B0002DRDBY   (2386 words)

 The Alamo (2004)
In the early years of the United States (before Texas was a state), The Alamo stood at a geographic crossroad and that made it a very valuable commodity.
The land began as part of Mexico and the Texans wanted to create their own country (current politics being what they are, it is a pity they did not succeed).
The Alamo was good, but it is nowhere near the epic battle type of film.
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 The Alamo (2004)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Goofs: Anachronisms: The defenders of the Alamo, near the start of the movie, are singing "Listen to the Mockingbird." The Alamo siege took place in 1836 and "Listen to the Mockingbird" was written by Septimus Winner under the name of Alice Hawthrone and copyrighted in April 1855, 19 years after the siege of the Alamo.
Most of the ones here are negative and call this film boring, poorly done and lacking in character development.
Not one moment of this film was shot on a sound stage.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0318974   (648 words)

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