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.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Rotten Tomatoes:
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NOT RATED
Year:
1960
162 min
264 Views


Good afternoon, Colonel Travis.

We have news of Santa Anna.

- My son and I have...

- Good day, Seor Seguin.

Seor, even though you're

the alcalde of San Antonio de Bexar...

...it does not exempt you

from military prohibitions.

This establishment is

closed to all civilians!

I'm very sorry, Colonel Travis.

Had I known your restrictions

applied to me and my family, sir...

Now, wait a minute, Travis!

The Seguins have news of Santa Anna.

- We have a dozen rumours a day.

- You can't just...

Por favor, Juan, tell him.

Colonel, the Indians of San Blas...

...sent couriers to the vaqueros of

my properties along the Sangre de Cristo.

They say many soldiers crossed

the Baja Diablo two days ago.

That puts 'em a lot closer

than you thought.

The Indians guessed the number

of troops at over 5,000.

There are also large numbers of

mounted soldiers and supply trains.

Also, lower down on the Baja Diablo

another party of Indians saw signs...

- ... of shod horses crossing a ford.

- I'm sorry, Seor Seguin.

As a civilian, you cannot realise

how worthless this information is.

"Some Indian told some vaqueros... "

Anyway, thank you, sir. Good day.

You know the Seguins

are absolutely reliable!

- If you'll excuse me.

- I meant no personal offence, seor.

But I cannot make a plan

based on third-hand rumours.

I do not take personal affront,

Colonel Travis...

...else I should be forced to act

other than to simply bid you good day.

- Adis, Juan.

- Adis.

You're a damn fool, Travis.

A true gentleman, Seguin.

I dislike being rude to him.

Even allowing for exaggeration...

...Santa Anna must have

crossed the Baja in strength.

But I had to do it, Dick.

I'd say we have two or at best

three days before we see his banners.

The men were listening.

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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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