The Alamo (2004)
Release Year: 2004
Director: John Lee Hancock
Writers: John Lee Hancock (screenplay), Stephen Gaghan (screenplay), Leslie Bohem (screenplay)
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Emilio Echevarría, Jordi Mollà, Leon Rippy,Tom Davidson, Marc Blucas, Robert Prentiss, Kevin Page, Joe Stevens
Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, lead by Davy Crockett, William Travis, and Jim Bowie, and Mexican forces at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
This historic war drama directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, 2009) tells the story of one of the most famous last stands in U.S. history. The battle of the Alamo is filled with great historic characters, for instance the legendary Davy Crockett, here portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton (The Man Who Wasn’t There, 2001), James Bowie (who lend his name to the Bowie knife), and general Sam Houston (after whom the city is named). Hancock has obviously opted for a lot of historic detail and so it takes a while for the action to start. When it does start, we are treated to some good battle scenes. Acting is allround excellent, particularly Wilson (Insidious, 2010), but I have absolutely no idea what Dennis Quaid was thinking. His performance seems simply odd. A good history film about a legendary moment in early U.S. history. Recommended.
Ron Howard was originally set to direct with Russell Crowe starring. Howard dropped out when he fell out with the studio about the film’s budget.
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