- The Alamo (2004 film)
name = The Alamo
imdb_id = 0318974
John Lee Hancock
Leslie Bohem Stephen Gaghan
John Lee Hancock
Dennis Quaid Billy Bob Thornton Jason Patric
Emilio Echevarría Jordi Mollà Leon Rippy
and Robert Prentiss
cinematography = John O'Connor
editing = Eric L. Beason
April 9, 2004
runtime = 137 min.
language = English
budget = $107 million
amg_id = 1:283301
"The Alamo" is a 2004 American
war filmabout the Battle of the Alamoduring the Texas Revolution. It is the second major studio film about the battle, following John Wayne's 1960 film of the same name. The film was directed by Texan director John Lee Hancock, and produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Mark Johnson. It was produced and distributed by Touchstone Pictures.
The screenplay is credited to John Lee Hancock,
John Sayles, Stephen Gaghanand Leslie Bohem. In contrast to the earlier 1960 film, the 2003 script makes an effort to depict the political points of view of both the Mexican and Texan sides; Santa Anna is a more prominent character.
The film was originally set up with
Imagine Entertainmentwith Ron Howardin the director's chair and producing partner Brian Grazeras producer. Russell Crowewas originally cast as Sam Houston, Ethan Hawkeas William Barret Travisand Billy Bob Thorntonas David Crockett. But there were financial and creative disagreements between Imagine and Disney, particularly with Howard wanting a $200 million budget. Disney rejected Imagine's proposal for the film, and Howard, Grazer, Crowe and Hawke left the project. Disney opted to go with director John Lee Hancockinstead with a budget of $95 million. Thornton was the only member of the original team to remain throughout the project.
The film was shot near
Austin, Texasbetween January and June 2003, mostly on a local property named Reimers Ranch. The film's art direction focused on historical accuracy and verisimilitude; for instance, the mission's facadedoes not feature the well-known "hump" at the top, a detail that was actually added years after the battle during a restoration.
The film was shot in
2003and scheduled for release in December of that year, but was then rescheduled for release in April 2004.
This latest version of the Battle of the Alamo was the first to show Crockett being killed as a
prisoner of war. All others had depicted his death as occurring during the battle, rather than him having been captured then executed along with six others. This sparked debate and criticism from many Alamo enthusiasts and some historians. [http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/34178/alamo-dvd/] This version of his death came from memoirs written by former Mexican officer José Enrique de la Peña, who was an officer in Santa Anna's army and who fought in the battle. It is controversial in that de la Peña also described the death of Col. William Travis, the garrisons commander, in his book "With Santa Anna in Texas", during which he describes Travis bravely facing his charging attackers.
Dennis Quaid- Gen. Sam Houston
Billy Bob Thornton- David Crockett
Jason Patric- Col. James Bowie
*Patrick Wilson - Lt. Col.
William B. Travis
Emilio Echevarría- Antonio López de Santa Anna
Jordi Mollà- Cpt. Juan Seguín
Leon Rippy- Sgt. William Ward
Tom Davidson- Col. Green Jameson
Marc Blucas- James Bonham
Robert Prentiss- Albert Grimes
Kevin Page- Micajah Autry
Joe Stevens- Mial Surlock
Stephen Bruton- Capt. Almaron Dickinson
Laura Clifton- Susanna Dickinson
Ricardo Chavira- Pvt. Gregorio Esparza
Steven Chester Prince- Lt. John ForsytheMany of the extras that took part in the film were actual descendants of the Alamo defenders.
The film was highly unsuccessful at the box office, opening on
Easterweekend to mostly middling reviews and a low box office turnout. In its first weekend, it was defeated in box office numbers by a resurgent " The Passion of the Christ". It cost over $140 million USD to make and market the film but earned only $9.1 million USD in its first weekend. By its second month of release, the film had yet to muster $30 million USD in domestic earnings. It ended its theatrical run with a worldwide gross of slightly less than $26 million.cite web
url = http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=alamo.htm
title = "The Alamo (2004)"
Box Office Mojo
accessdate = 2008-06-19]
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