John Lee Hancock, 2004
The 2004 production of “The Alamo” was based upon the events leading up to, during, and after the siege of the Alamo in 1836. It began with Sam Houston “selling Texas”, and ended with the battle of San Jacinto. I chose this film, because the bravery shown by the individuals who were in the Alamo is truly inspiring, and I wanted a little more understanding on what it could have been like.
The movie started out with Sam Houston attempting to talk individuals into coming to Texas, promising them 640 acres of their choosing, but there was no mention of receiving a League of Land. The movie did a good job on depicting the habits of the characters, showing their attitudes and drinking habits. It also showed how concerning Travis was about his uniform. There was no mention of Daniel Cloud being the one to ring the bell; instead it mentioned someone spotting the Mexican Army while they were enroute to the Alamo. Within 24 hours of Santa Ana arriving, he sent a courier under a white flag to negotiate surrender which was not shown in the movie. It did however show Bowie ride out to negotiate, and Travis firing the cannon in anger.
Shortly into the siege it did show Bowie becoming sick from consumption, eventually becoming bedridden because of it. There was only a brief reading from Travis’s “Victory or Death” letter with no mention of the P.S. at the end of the letter. The movie showed a small Mexican detachment fire at the Alamo to size up the forces within. When the decision to burn the village was sought out, in the movie it showed Davy Crockett by himself setting the village ablaze. In the movie there was no mention of one of the 32 men that came to the aide of the Alamo being shot by friendly fire as they were approaching the mission.
On the Mexican side of the battle, Santa Ana said he was waiting for Sam Houston to enter the Alamo to...
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