The Alamo

directed by John Lee Hancock
Category: "War"
Year of Release:2004
Date Added:04/03/2008
Date Watched:03/20/2006
Description:Dennis Quaid ... Sam Houston
Billy Bob Thornton ... Davy Crockett
Jason Patric ... James Bowie
Patrick Wilson ... William Travis
Emilio Echevarría ... Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
My Rating:7

Reviews for The Alamo

Review - Alamo, The

Why I saw it: I saw it in the theater when it first came out and thought it was pretty good. I just read The Gates of the Alamo, the Carp book for March, so I thought I’d watch it again.

Brief Synopsis: Covers the events from the arrival of Crockett, Bowie and Travis in San Antonio, through the siege and massacre, to Houston’s victory at San Jacinto.

What I liked about it: It was epic, with good sets and good characters.

What I didn’t like about it: It somehow seemed a bit to aware of itself. Thornton didn’t seem like Crockett — he seemed like a parody of Crockett. Same for the others. I’m not sure why. Maybe it stuck too close to history and didn’t get into much of the emotional background of the subjects.
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