The Alamo (1960)
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- "John Wayne's The Alamo" Documentary
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Screen Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
- English: 5.1 Surround
- French: Stereo Surround
- Spanish: Mono
- French & Spanish Language Subtitles
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 5, 2000
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
- Stereo Surround - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: JOHN WAYNE'S THE ALAMO documentary
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Additional Products:
- Collectible Booklet
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Wayne, Richard Widmark & Laurence Harvey|
|Performer:||Frankie Avalon, Richard Boone, Laurence Harvey & Richard Widmark|
|Directed by||John Wayne|
|Edited by||Stuart Gilmore|
|Written by||James Edward Grant|
|Composition by||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|Director of Photography:||William Clothier|
"...[With a] great score...[and a] magnificent climactic battle scene..."
"...The battle scenes are fine, the Duke is as watchable as ever..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Filmed entirely in Texas, only a few miles from the site of the actual battle, The Alamo is a visually stunning and historically accurate celebration of courage and honor. Co-starring Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey and Chill Wills, and garnering seven Oscar-nominations, it is an "emotion-charged, brilliantly pictured telling of this famed story" (Motion Picture Herald.
- Film was cut by about 30 minutes after its Los Angeles premiere, and it is that cut version that is often available on video. (The original time was 193 minutes, and the video is 161.) The restored version contains extra footage, previously unseen.
- Although Wayne directed (this was his first time at the helm), there is supposition that John Ford, who was on the set, might have assisted with some of the filming. There is also a possibility that the final battle scene, which received critical acclaim, might be attributable to second-unit director Cliff Lyons.
- There is much historical research on the period suggesting that some of the heroes of the Alamo might not have been so heroic--particularly Davy Crockett, who allegedly surrendered, was alcoholic, and beat his wife.
- The film was shot in Texas, in 12 days, near the actual location of the Alamo, although Wayne had originally thought of filming in Mexico.
- Shot in Todd-AO; color by Technicolor.
- Budget estimate $12 million.
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