The Alamo

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Alamo (Touchstone Movie)

“The Alamo” is a historical drama film released in 2004, directed by John Lee Hancock. The movie depicts the legendary and heroic events of the Battle of the Alamo, a pivotal moment in Texas history during the Texas Revolution against Mexico.

Set in 1836, the film follows a group of Texan rebels, including prominent figures such as Colonel William Travis (Patrick Wilson), legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton), and knife-wielding Jim Bowie (Jason Patric), who gather at the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas. Led by General Sam Houston (Dennis Quaid), the Texan forces aim to defend the Alamo against the advancing Mexican army led by General Santa Anna (Emilio Echevarría).

As the Mexican army surrounds the Alamo, the Texans face insurmountable odds, outnumbered and outgunned. Despite the impending doom, the defenders of the Alamo, who include a diverse group of men with differing backgrounds, stand united in their determination to protect Texas from Mexican control.

The film captures the intense and emotional struggle of the Texan defenders as they face overwhelming adversity. It highlights the courage, sacrifice, and unwavering spirit of those who fought at the Alamo, willing to give their lives for the cause of freedom and independence.

“The Alamo” emphasizes the historical significance of the battle, as it not only inspired the Texan troops but also galvanized the spirit of the entire Texas population. The movie serves as a tribute to the memory of those who fought valiantly and gave their lives during the battle, leaving a lasting impact on Texas history and its fight for independence.

The film features strong performances from its cast, with Patrick Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jason Patric embodying the iconic historical figures they portray. Dennis Quaid’s portrayal of Sam Houston brings depth and gravitas to the film, and Emilio Echevarría delivers a formidable performance as General Santa Anna.

While “The Alamo” received mixed reviews upon its release, it remains a significant touchstone in cinematic retellings of historical events. It showcases the valor and resilience of individuals who fought for a cause greater than themselves, leaving a lasting legacy in the hearts of Texans and reminding audiences of the power of determination and sacrifice in the face of adversity.

Additional Details


  • Dennis Quaid: Sam Houston
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Davy Crockett
  • Jason Patric: James Bowie
  • Patrick Wilson: William Barret Travis
  • Emilio Echevarría: Antonio López de Santa Anna
  • Jordi Mollà: Juan Seguin
  • Leon Rippy: Sergeant William Ward
  • Tom Davidson: Colonel Green Jameson
  • Marc Blucas: James Bonham
  • Robert Prentiss: Albert Grimes
  • Kevin Page: Micajah Autry
  • Joe Stevens: Mial Scurlock
  • Stephen Bruton: Lieutenant Almeron Dickinson
  • Laura Clifton: Susanna Dickinson
  • Ricardo Chavira: Private Gregorio Esparza
  • Emily Deschanel: Rosanna Travis
  • Brandon Smith: Lieutenant Colonel James C. Neill
  • W. Earl Brown: David Burnet
  • Tom Everett: Moseley Baker
  • Rance Howard: Governor Henry Smith
  • Stewart Finlay-McLennan: James Grant
  • Castulo Guerra: General Manuel Fernandez Castrillon
  • Francisco Philbert: General Martin Perfecto de Cos
  • Flavio Hinojosa: Colonel Juan Almonte
  • Michael Crabtree: Deaf Smith
  • Rutherford Cravens: Mr. Smith
  • Dameon Clarke: Mr. Jones
  • Nathan Price: Charlie Travis


  • Director: John Lee Hancock
  • Producers: Ron Howard and Mark Johnson
  • Writers: John Lee Hancock, Leslie Bohem and Stephen Gaghan

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