It may have been filmed only a few miles from the site of the true events it recounts, but this doesn't lend any real credibility to John Wayne's historically dubious take on the story of the 185 men who stood together against an army of 7,000 Mexicans in a battle for freedom. The direction is rarely inspired apart from a few key sequences (which lends credence to the rumour that John Ford helped Wayne out on a couple of occasions), and Wayne is too keen on delivering a stirring patriotic anthem to America to actually get involved with any characters other than his own. Furthermore, the film takes so long getting to the tumultuous denouement that you've simply given up any attempt at being interested by the time it eventually arrives. As is the case with many directors who become too close to their material (as the documentary on the disc proves Wayne was), The Alamo suffers from cramming in so much information that it becomes nothing more than a bloated appeal to the director/actor's ego.
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