The Alamo
The Alamo (1960)

John Wayne's directorial debut The Alamo is set in 1836: Wayne plays Col. Davy Crockett, who, together with Colonels Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) and William Travis (Laurence Harvey) and 184 hardy Americans and Texicans, defends the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 24, 1960
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2000
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader


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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

As his own producer and director, Mr. Wayne has unfortunately let his desire to make a "big" picture burden him with dialogue. His action scenes are usually vivid, his talk scenes are long and usually dull.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Patriotic but inaccurate epic Western.

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Variety Staff

In spite of the painstaking attempts to explore the characters of the picture's three principal heroes (Bowie, Crockett, Travis), there is an absence of emotional feeling, of a sense of participation.

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TV Guide

All the pontificating about the joys of freedom becomes irritating, but James Edward Grant's dialogue occasionally crackles with enough humorous wit to hold an audience untill the gripping finale.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Duke does Alamo redux. Heroic, overblown, speechy.

Tom Milne
Time Out

An elephantine, historically inaccurate, stridently patriotic tribute to the handful of Texans who faced assault by 7,000 Mexican baddies.

Emanuel Levy

Despite a banal and preachy script, full of speeches about religion and patriotism,the film has some good action sequences; overall, it's not worse than the 2004 remake starring Billy Bob Thornton.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

John Wayne doesn't appear for the first twenty minutes of The Alamo, his 1960 directorial debut, and that's a bad sign.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A good rendering of the story that is hampered by overlength. Richard Widmark gives the film's best performance.
Dean McKenna
Interest American history in battle and I like John Wayne's movies.
Chris Weber
A greatly historically flawed and slightly too long and tad bit boring depiction of one of the most well known events in Mexican and Texas history that, despite… More
Cameron Johnson
Shoot, this film is over two-and-a-half hours long, so I for one hope that I remember the Alamo, or else I wasted quite a bit of money-I mean, time. Plenty of… More
Cassandra Maples
Viewed as history, John Wayne's epic production of 'The Alamo' is as full of holes as Swiss Cheese (the final battle actually lasted less than an… More
Jeffrey Meyers
A very solid directorial effort for Wayne (who also stars in it), his Alamo is considerably better in many respects than the 2004 remake. A great cast, with an… More