The Alamo

The Alamo

John Lee Hancock (2004)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Thanks to the efforts of John Wayne and the legend of Davy Crockett, many are familiar with the bare facts of the Alamo - how, in 1836, a handful of Texans mounted a suicidal defence of a former mission against the Mexican army. It's a crucial episode in US history and part of the national psyche, but it would be hard to divine exactly why from this lengthy account. Heavy on character and light on exposition, this reduces events to a mass of buckskin fringes and big knives. The big-name cast is a draw, with Dennis Quaid effective as the oft-sozzled General Sam Houston (who would go on to avenge the Alamo, defeating the Mexican commander Santa Anna and securing the independence of Texas) and Billy Bob Thornton charming as backwoods hero Crockett. Without the political and historical context, however, this is simply a story of apparently misguided courage in the face of adversity.


A greatly outnumbered ragtag group of Texan soldiers mounts a suicidal defence to protect a fortress from Mexican forces. The men fight for their lives from inside a temporary shelter in a desperate bid to buy enough time to allow a larger force to be raised and to come to their aid. Historical Western, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, Jason Patric and Patrick Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Sam Houston Dennis Quaid
Davy Crockett Billy Bob Thornton
James Bowie Jason Patric
William Travis Patrick Wilson
Juan Seguin Jordi Molla
Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana Emilio Echevarria
Sgt William Ward Leon Rippy
James Bonham Marc Blucas
Director John Lee Hancock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Edited for language and violence.Available on: video and DVD