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The Alamo (2004)



Critic Consensus: Too conventional and uninvolving to be memorable.

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The roads cross at San Antonio de Bexar at a small, ruined mission called The Alamo--a place where myth meets history and legend meets reality. In the spring of 1836 nearly 200 Texans--men of all races who believed in the future of Texas--held the fort for thirteen days under siege by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, ruler of Mexico and commander of its forces. Led by three men--the young, brash Colonel William Travis; the violent, passionate James Bowie; and the larger-than-life living legend Davy Crockett--the Texans and their deeds at the Alamo would pass into history as General Sam Houston's rallying cry for Texas independence. As well, their actions would become legend for their symbolic significance.

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Dennis Quaid
as Sam Houston
Billy Bob Thornton
as Davy Crockett
Jason Patric
as Jim Bowie
Patrick Wilson
as Col. William Travis
Jordi Molla
as Juan Seguin
Emilio Echevarría
as Generalissimo Antonio Miguel Lopez de Santa Anna
Leon Rippy
as Sgt. William Ward
Tom Davidson
as Col. Green Jamison
Marc Blucas
as James Bonham
Robert Prentiss
as Albert Grimes
Kevin Page
as Micajah Autry
Joe Stevens
as Mial Scurlock
Stephen Bruton
as Captain Almeron Dickinson
Laura Clifton
as Susanna Dickinson
Ricardo Chavira
as Private Gregorio Esparza
Steven Chester Prince
as Lieutenant John Forsythe
Craig Erickson
as Tom Waters
Nick Kokich
as Daniel Cloud
Richard Nance
as Grey No. 1
Wes Studi
as Chief Bowl
Jett Garner
as Grey No. 2
Emily Deschanel
as Rosanna Travis
Blue Deckert
as Colorado Smith
Turk Pipkin
as Isaac Millsaps
Brandon Smith (I)
as Lieutenant Colonel J.C. Neill
W. Earl Brown
as David Burnet
Tom Everett
as Mosley Baker
Rance Howard
as Governor Smith
Matt O'Leary
as Boy in Store
John S. Davies
as Store Owner
Kit Gwin
as Mrs. Ayres
Castulo Guerra
as General Castrillon
Mauricio Zatarain
as Colonel Jose Batres
Flavio Hinojosa
as Colonel Juan Almonte
Hugo Perez
as Charging Mexican Soldier
Jesus Mayorga
as Battery Private
Hector Garcia
as Battery Sergeant
H. Roland Uribe
as Colonel Duque
Ruben G. Rojas
as Francisco Esparza
Lanell Pena
as Ana Esparza
Michael Crabtree
as Deaf Smith
Anna Reyes
as Tejano Child
Sonia Montoya
as Stunning Tejana's Mother
Elena Hurst
as Stunning Tejana
Lynn Mathis
as James Hackett
Charles Sanders
as Stage Manager
Dameon Clarke
as Mr. Jones
Tim Mateer
as Bill the Rider
Nathan Price
as Charlie Travis
Don Javier Castillo
as Don Jose Palaez
Lonnie Rodriguez
as Mexican Scout
Julio Cesar Cedillo
as General Cos' Messenger
Buck Taylor
as Settler
Oscar D. Silva
as Firing Squad First Lieutenant
Safia Gray
as Ursula Veramendi
Eric Montoya
as Enrique Esparza
Michael Clossin
as Tennessean No. 1
Robert Bassetti
as Bowie Man in Street
Nathan Walker
as Goliad Man
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Critic Reviews for The Alamo

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (47)

Doesn't work despite Thornton's top performance.

September 9, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Laborious mush.

May 3, 2005 | Full Review…

In spite of two great performances, this is a muddled affair.

September 4, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sluggish, talky and unfocused, its downbeat revisionism robbing its historical figures of the iconic status that would have made their story worth retelling.

August 24, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Arriving in theaters today, the resulting $100-million dollar motion picture is a flawed, sprawling examination of the Mexican-American conflict that raises far more questions than it answers.

April 17, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's dull, talky, and sometimes maudlin.

April 13, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Alamo


A good historical film, but I've seen better. Quaid has one of his best performances (in my opinion), but that's not saying much. Thornton was good. Jason Patric and Patrick Wilson were m'eh.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

The Alamo was just not a good film. I did not like the acting, it was overdone and there's too much talking going on. The film tried to portray some men as heroes when, for example, the character Jim Bowie just seemed like a drunkard, slave-owning bastard (maybe America tries to portray him as a hero when in my perception he's not?. It's just not an interesting film.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

The Alamo is the perfect example of a film that really good, but has gotten so much bad press because it was a box office bomb. The Alamo is a very underrated film that is an interesting history lesson as well as an entertaining film. Yes, it's a period piece, and it doesn't have exciting, thrilling explosion. But the film is nonetheless an accomplished piece of work with a good enough cast to keep the viewer interested. I would recommend this film to people interested in history, and those interested in the Battle of the Alamo. There's a pretty good cast at hand here, and the film is one of those films that shouldn't be dismissed. The battle scenes are impressive, and will appeal to history buffs for sure. I think it's always impressive to see real events recreated and I thought that John Lee Hancock created a worthwhile historical film that will definitely appeal to history buffs. The Alamo shouldn't be regarded as a bad film. Just because the film bombed, doesn't mean films suck. There are tons of great films that have failed at the box office. If you're interested in the subject, then I recommend watching this film. But to the others expecting a solid action film, you will be sadly disappointed. A must see film for the history buff.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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