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The Alamo [DVD] [Holiday O-Ring Packaging]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Film was cut by about 30 minutes after its Los Angeles premiere, and it is that cut version that is often available on video. (The original time was 193 minutes, and the video is 161.) The restored version contains extra footage, previously unseen. Although Wayne directed (this was his first time at the helm), there is supposition that John Ford, who was on the set, might have assisted with some of the filming. There is also a possibility that the final battle scene, which received critical acclaim, might be attributable to second-unit director Cliff Lyons. There is much historical research on the period suggesting that some of the heroes of the Alamo might not have been so heroic--particularly Davy Crockett, who allegedly surrendered, was alcoholic, and beat his wife. The film was shot in Texas, in 12 days, near the actual location of the Alamo, although Wayne had originally thought of filming in Mexico. Shot in Todd-AO; color by Technicolor. Budget estimate $12 million.

    Academy Awards Best Sound 1960

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): M109145

  • Credits
    John Wayne, Marion Michael Morrison, Duke Morrison, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Richard Boone, Frankie Avalon, Francis Thomas Avallone
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[With a] great score...[and a] magnificent climactic battle scene..."
    USA Today

    "...The battle scenes are fine, the Duke is as watchable as ever..."
    Total Film

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