The Alamo (1960) USA
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Director:John Wayne
Studio:MGM (Video & DVD)
Producer:John Wayne
Writer:James Edward Grant
Rating:4.0 (134 votes)
Date Added:2009-01-25
Awards:Won Oscar, Another 6 wins & 6 nominations
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.20:1
Languages:English, French, Spanish
Subtitles:Spanish, French
John Wayne  ...  (Director)
James Edward Grant  ...  (Writer)
Laurence Harvey  ...  Col. William Travis
Richard Widmark  ...  Jim Bowie
John Wayne  ...  Col. Davy Crockett
Frankie Avalon  ...  Smitty
Patrick Wayne  ...  Capt. James Butler Bonham
Linda Cristal  ...  Flaca
Joan O'Brien  ...  Mrs. Sue Dickinson
Chill Wills  ...  Beekeeper
Joseph Calleia  ...  Juan Seguin
Ken Curtis  ...  Capt. Almeron Dickinson
Carlos Arruza  ...  Lt. Reyes
Jester Hairston  ...  Jethro
Veda Ann Borg  ...  Blind Nell Robertson
John Dierkes  ...  Jocko Robertson
Denver Pyle  ...  Thimblerig (the Gambler)
Summary: 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"