Skip to comments.John Wayne's "The Alamo" in 8.5 minutes with Original Soundtrack
Posted on 04/10/2014 3:59:36 PM PDT by South40
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“Does this mean what I think it do?”
Sam Houston chose his moment.
We are approaching San Jacinto Day (April 21st).
Yes, Remember the Alamo, but more important, Remember San Jacinto. 18 minutes that made a Great Nation.
“The Alamo” in 8.5 minutes?
“Gee, Dad, how did they get all those Mexicans to run so fast?”
Now, it makes me as tight in the throat as that "Republic" quote.
Great film, historical warts be damned. It's a shame that it's original cut has been lost. There are websites that discuss restoration efforts on another longer cut, a full copy of which was found in a Canadian theater.
I’ve got a version on video tape where Crockett lets Emil Sand have it right in the heart with Bowie’s knife. That scene was edited out in a later release, and I believe was omitted too during a showing on TCM. Great music there too.
But I’ve got a confession to make in that I find the 2004 version much grittier, and the scorer, Carter Burwell, was also very much up to the task of paying tribute, as it were, to Tiomkin. The story stays reasonably well with Walter Lord’s “A Time To Stand”. And the scene where the tubuculosis ridden Bowie’s sister-in-law hovers over him to become, in his eyes, his own dead wife for one last fleeting moment, is one of the greatest scenes in all cinema, IMHO.
There. I got it out.
Yes, but it was the sacrifice of the men at the Alamo that damaged Santa Anna's army to the point that it made San Jacinto possible. Also, remember Goliad, another wipe out that made the Alamo defenders know what was coming.
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