The Alamo (2004) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Dennis Quaid, Patrick Wilson, Jason Patrick, Billy Bob Thornton

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Brave men take a stand at the Alamo waiting for the inevitable wave of Mexican soldiers that are about to crush them. Sam Houston is a soldier, statesman, and congressman who has his eyes set on Texas which is being controlled by the Mexicans. He campaigns for its independence from Mexico, however, when battle comes, he is omitted from any military action. In his stead, Col. Travis, recently divorced from his wife, and an officer Bowie become the key figures in the stand. They have taken the Alamo, which is an abandoned Spanish mission, and only have a few men, they hear that the Mexicans, led by Gen. Santa Anna are marching their way over there, with much more soldiers, and cavalry compared to theirs. Davy Crockett, who has political aspirations of his own joins the Texan soldiers, he helps in the preparations and rallies the troops with his charisma and presence. He is apparently a legend, and tales of his conquests serve him well here. Travis in a severe state of worry, asks for reinforcements, however, only a few soldiers arrive.
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When Santa Anna approaches, Bowie goes out to meet him to arrange for a more peaceful way out, however, Travis messes it up when he fires a cannon at the Mexicans, obviously viewed as a sign of aggression. Travis comes back to the fortification, and falls ill with Tuberculosis. He is on his sick bed, pretty much incapacitated.

Knowing that they are outnumbered, the Texan army still holds steadfast and they refuse to leave. Soon, the Mexicans begin their assault and fire at the fort. Soon the foot soldiers scale the walls, and are sitting ducks. The sheer amount of fighters overcome the Fort, and breaches of the walls soon occur. Travis is shot in the head. Bowie is killed on his sickbed, but manages to hurt a few soldiers before dying. Crockett is captured, but is cocky enough to tell Santa Anna that he can help him surrender to the American higher-ups. He is later sentenced for execution.

After the fall of the Alamo, Houston gathers an army to defeat Santa Anna. Despite the terrain, and amount of men, he is able to surprise attack the General in the Texan dessert, thus ensuring his surrender. Texas is finally freed from Mexican rule, and the Texan republic is established.
Best part of story, including ending: It is an epic story of bravery despite the intense amount of danger the Texans knew were heading their way.

Best scene in story: The battle scene and advance on the Fort, everything was happening so fast and the key characters were slaughtered one by one.

Opinion about the main character: Houston had political intentions for wanting to save Texas, so his actions may seem not as pure and honorable.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar

Script Analysis of The Alamo (2004)

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   senior military Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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