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« #30 : April 29, 2012, 06:12:56 PM »

I think the added scenes do a lot to develop the characters. In a strict narrative sense they don't add a whole lot.

But does the extra character development make the nonsense with the drunken Tennesseans less annoying?  ;)

I will check it out when it plays on TCM.



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« #31 : April 30, 2012, 06:31:58 AM »

I have the Alamo LP record, very good.  I saw this at theater back in 1960, was a big deal, downtown theater, family bought a thin hard-back book with lots of pictures.  Unfortunately, that was lost decades ago.

Agree, film drags, runs too long in my opinion.  Wayne too old for his role, and his Crockett, though a famous guy (even a congressman) wasn't the boss there.  Not too much in the Alamo about Texas wanting to be away from Mexico because Mexico (the "bad guys") were against slavery and the Americans wanted slavery in Texas region.

Wayne's Alamo was filmed at a replica in Bracken Texas.  But if you get a chance, go to San Antonio and see the real Alamo.  The building we see as the "front" of the Alamo (see posters above) is really way inside the compound, which really wasn't a fort.

I believe History channel ascribed defeat of the Texans to the height of the wall, that they had to stand up and be exposed to shoot down at the Mexicans, so were easy targets.  Still: 185 against a few thousand is pretty damn heroic.

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« #32 : April 30, 2012, 10:08:38 AM »

... or stupid. Never ending argument :)



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« #33 : April 30, 2012, 04:07:38 PM »


 Not too much in the Alamo about Texas wanting to be away from Mexico because Mexico (the "bad guys") were against slavery and the Americans wanted slavery in Texas region.


When you say "Americans wanted slavery in the Texas region," you mean to say "the Texans wanted slavery," correct?

Of course, "liberty" during that time period meant "liberty for whites," sadly.


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« #34 : May 01, 2012, 06:27:58 AM »

the Americans who had moved westward into Texas

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