The Alamo

Synopsis: In 1836, General Santa Anna and the Mexican Army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Houston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans' route at all costs. Travis' small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, but as the situation becomes ever more desperate Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can.
Director(s): John Wayne
Production: Batjac Productions
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.
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162 min


Column right! Forward!


Take care, men!

You all right, Mr Jim?


Sit down, Jeth.


- Can I get you something, sir?

- No, no.

You just sit there.

Houston's gone?

Yes, sir.

Come and gone and me lying drunk.

Colonel Travis! Bowie's approaching!


Carry on, sentry!

Recall work parties!

Prepare for flag ceremony!

Detail! Forward... march!

Present... arms!

Order... arms!

We stand here ready to do our duty...

...and cognisant of the will of God.

Captain Dickinson!

Dismiss the ceremony!

And, Captain, inform the men that

work details will be dismissed at 4.30... order that family men may gather

their dependants within these walls.

Yes, sir!

- Lieutenant Blake!

- Yes, sir!

You will see to the quartering

of Bowie's volunteers.

Yes, sir!

You men will follow me!

Jeth, Blake'll show you

to our quarters. Set 'em up.

Yes, sir.

Colonel Bowie.

Santa Anna's got an army of 7,000 men.


Well, you ain't gonna try to defend

this broken-down church...

...against 7,000 battle-hard troops?

Colonel Bowie.

You were drunk at the last officers' call.

And I would rather postpone

our discussion until the next.

At which time I will explain my plans...

...and give orders for

the implementing of those plans.

Hey, Jim!

Why do we have to work like this?

I volunteered to fight, not to build no fort.

How come we have to work like this?

Because old Sam told Travis,

Travis told me...

...and I'm telling you!

Somebody's comin' hellbent for leather,

sinking spurs at every jump!


Corporal of the guard!

Post No. 1!

No civilians may enter the fort,

Seor Seguin. I'm sorry.

Juan! Silverio!

Let 'em through, Dick!

Captain Dickinson!

Yes, sir.

- Come to my office, please, Captain.

- Yes, sir.

Tengo noticias de Santa Anna.

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James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant (July 2, 1905 – February 19, 1966) was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971. He collaborated with John Wayne on twelve projects, starting with Angel and the Badman (which he also directed) in 1947 through Circus World in 1964. Support Your Local Gunfighter was released in 1971, five years after his death. more…

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