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The Alamo
The Alamo
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I thought Billy Bob Thornton did a superb job of portraying Davey Crockett and he stole the movie.  It wasn't John Wayne's way from the other Alamo but it was with more feeling and more character stood out.  This is the same story of the Alamo and the result has to be the same but the story leading up to the battle was more defined.  For instance, we find that Lt. Col. William B. Travis (Patrick Wilson) was not the family man portrayed by Lawrence Harvey from the l950's movie. Joanie O'Brien played his loving wife in that movie but Travis' wife was written out of this movie by means of divorce.  You will remember O'Brien's steadfast loyalty to her husband as she stayed with her kids through the battle and Santa Anna treated her with dignity as she left the Alamo through their ranks as the only survivors.
We also learn this time that terminally-ill Jim Bowie (Jason Patrick) was sent to this mission-turned-fortress known as the Alamo to terminate it before it can become a death trap.
Dennis Quaid, portraying Sam Houston, did his best as the hard-drinking leader of the American patriot forces fighting for Texas' independence who was constantly at odds with members of the provisional Texas government.  He did know military manovers and the American forces won out against Mexico and Santa Anna in the end, thus the State of Texas.
Santa Anna's musicians serenaded the Texians with a death dirge during the seige and on the eve of battle but Crockett answers back playing his fiddle on the roof of the Alamo and this is one of the more touching times in the story. You will also see a different ending to Crockett's life. 
There is mention of the American with the blind wife (remember the 50's Alamo) and the Mexican courier who took the last message to Sam Houston but could not return until after the battle (Frankie Avalon in the 50's version).
This is a very poignant story about courage and conviction in patriotism with a deeper understanding of the characters involved.  I enjoyed it very much.  The violence of war is there and needs to be discussed with children 8+ before they see it but it is part of our amazing history.
-Barbara Higdon