The Alamo

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Touchstone Pictures Released 2004

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Director:
John Lee Hancock
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13

The Alamo features Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton (SLING BLADE, Best Adapted Screenplay, 1996; BAD SANTA), Dennis Quaid (THE ROOKIE), and Jason Patric (RUSH) in an acclaimed action epic about one of the most important events in American history! It's the heroic tale of the 200 brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom defending a small Texas fort for 13 days against an entire army! Commanded by three men -- Lt. Col. William Travis (Patrick Wilson), James Bowie (Patric), and David Crockett (Thornton) -- their against-all-odds courage at the Alamo would forever live on as a rallying cry for liberty and independence!

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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Refreshingly revisionist in the sense that it takes a relatively clear-eyed view of the messy lives and equivocal circumstances of many of the key participants.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Thornton's performance is lost in a film that is more of a schematic success than a dramatic one.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Driven by different agendas, history and movies often tell two irreconcilable stories, which is why, despite some glints of talent, Hancock has given us yet another film and anothe...

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Historical, Military & War