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The Alamo
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United States of America 1960
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Director: John Wayne
Screenplay: James Edward Grant
Producer: Michael Wayne, John Wayne, James Edward Grant
Cast: Laurence Harvey, Richard Widmark, John Wayne, Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne
Genre: Westerns

Running Time: 167
Aspect Ratio:  2.20:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Features: Anamorphic
2.20:1
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Dec 2000 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
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Reviews:  John Wayne drew on what he learned from John Ford, Howard Hawks, and practically everyone who directed him during his long career when he made his own directorial debut on this labor of love. The Alamo is a sprawling, unabashedly patriotic epic of the sacrifice made by 187 men defending the Alamo from Santa Ana's bigger and better equipped army. Wayne stars as Col. Davy Crockett, the straight-talking, fun-loving frontiersman turned senator, with Laurence Harvey as the stiff, by-the-book Col. William Travis and Ricahrd Widmark as the legendary Jim Bowie who bristles under Travis's military protocol. The mix of regular army soldiers, Texican irregulars, scouts, and civilians makes for a volatile melting pot, but they all come together in a time of crisis in this metaphor for Wayne's heroic vision of America. Wayne spared no expense in this, one the last of the old fashion Westerns, re-creating the Alamo in exacting detail and corralling a cast of Western icons and old friends, including Richard Boone, Chill Wills (who earned an Oscar nomination), Hank Worden, Denver Pyle, Ken Curtis, and Olive Carey, in addition to teen heartthrob Frankie Avalon and Wayne's son Pat. Even old pal and spiritual godfather John Ford lent a hand shooting second-unit footage. Wayne is no Ford, but despite himself (and a talky script), he delivers an entertaining film full of intriguing characters and excellent action scenes, earning the film an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 1960. Remember the Alamo! --Sean Axmaker


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