Watch: The Alamo 2004 123movies, Full Movie Online – Historical drama detailing the 1835-36 Texas revolution before, during, and after the famous siege of the Alamo (February 23-March 6, 1836) where 183 Texans (American-born Texans) and Tejanos (Mexican-born Texans) commanded by Colonel Travis, along with Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie, were besieged in an abandoned mission outside San Antonio by a Mexican army of nearly 2,000 men under the personal command of the dictator of Mexico, General Santa Anna, as well as detailing the Battle of San Jacinto (April 21, 1836) where General Sam Houston’s rag-tag army of Texans took on and defeated Santa Anna’s army which led to the Independence of Texas..
Plot: Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna’s forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
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Didn’t enjoy this.
‘The Alamo’, to me at least, is an incredibly slow-paced and rather boring 137 minutes. Not even the free-for-all action sequences bring any true entertainment, due to the chaotic filming nature of them; I get there’s supposed to be pandemonium, but the camera work is a mess.
Another negative to note is the score, which is one of the poorest I’ve heard. It’s so soppy and full of itself at times it makes it almost unwatchable, though in fairness isn’t helped by the direction. I get they were attempting to show the lives of the people involved, but two-second dialogues and dramatic music doesn’t attach you to characters.
The cast don’t do anything majorly wrong, but I couldn’t find a connection with any of them. Billy Bob Thornton is probably the best in this, as he portrays Davy Crockett. Dennis Quaid doesn’t get enough to work with as Sam Houston, while none of the others standout – not even Emilio Echevarría as Santa Anna.
This should be edge-of-your-seat stuff, it isn’t – at least for me.
Welcome to the murky middle ground where legend and history meet. I enjoyed this movie as an earnest attempt to tell this iconic legend in a slightly different way. Its variance from the legend may make cinema purists uncomfortable, but I have read a lot about the Alamo over the past 40 years and don’t feel threatened by it. History, after all, is written by the winners. I think the last scene with Davy Crockett is based on a book by a Mexican soldier, but I am not 100% sure. Some historians suggest the battle was begun while everyone slept and was over in minutes. The first best selling biography of David Crockett (his descendants say he never went by Davy, that that was a Walt Disney concept) may have made up some of the legend now accepted as nearly factual.
I like the line Billy Bob Thornton as David Crockett gives about the burden of being Crockett, the legendary Crockett, that is, rather than the private Crockett he is not allowed to be. It is just as well that the battle turned out to be such a rallying cry for Sam Houston’s army, because it doesn’t feel like it accomplished much else. Well, except for providing material for an entertaining movie, that is.
Billy Bob Triumph
“The Alamo” is the most accurate depiction of this historical event in years. The Billy Bob Thornton performance is the zenith of the movie’s strength. His portrayal of David Crockett is worth the price of admission. It places the previous actors, Fess Parker and John Wayne, in a cartoon like, position in this dramatic role. One must see this film on the big screen to appreciate it’s panoramic impact. Much of the action takes place in the Alamo itself, however, there is the extra benefit of the battle that took place at the San Jacinto Battle grounds. I found it a refreshing presentation of this film genre. All of the performances were deeply felt, and Billy Bob’s is especially outstanding. Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston also turns in a remarkable performance. This was a long awaited movie, and well worth the wait. Plan on a long film.
Superior battle engagement scenes; but the 1960 version was better
It’s an old dilemma with dramas based on historic events. Everybody knows what happened at the Siege of the Alamo. The question is how to present the events leading up to the inevitable; the 1960 version addressed that issue with deeper thought and sensitivity.
This version delivers less insight and background on Bowie, Crockett, Travis, and the other Alamo defenders than its predecessor. Nor does it tell you anything relevant about the invaders. What are these people (on both sides) fighting for and why are they willing to die for it? At first, it’s hard to even differentiate which actor is playing which role. What little you do get suggests a sour, pessimistic view that the Alamo’s defenders were just being stubborn and defiant in their defense of the fort, rather than have any ethical reasons for their actions. One scene even shows a lone survivor/prisoner mocking the victorious Mexican army after the Alamo has fallen. The line spoken here was meant to be…..what? Arrogant? Funny? Insulting? Defiant? It just comes off as being pathetic.
There are some interesting military battles, but the focus is solely on the guns, bombs, blood, gore, violence and destruction. Little is revealed about tactical strategy, or even casualties in the early skirmishes. The movie offers an all-too brief show of respect for the dead, showing one of them as a ghost playing a requiem song. The following engagement between Houston and Santa Ana is well-executed, but it’s unnecessary in relating the Alamo story.
This movie is a decent watch, but you’re better off with the 1960 version of “The Alamo.”
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 17 min (137 min)
Genre Drama, History, War
Director John Lee Hancock
Writer Leslie Bohem, Stephen Gaghan, John Lee Hancock
Actors Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS-ES, Dolby Digital EX, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 III, Panavision C- and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Lightweight, Panavision C- and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo, C-, E-Series and Nikon Lenses, Panavision Panastar, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218, Eastman EXR 100T 5248, Vision 200T 5274)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Panavision (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)