Tuesday, November 27, 2012

the Alamo (2004)

I just finished watching the "The Alamo", the 2004 movie version of the epic siege of February 23 to March 6, 1836. This was entirely due to the patriotic fervor of my favourite Texan, 2nd Lt. Kris Floyd, USMC. After discussing the battle over Thanksgiving, I sought out and watched the movie. I am astonished I missed it and very glad to have made amends. This is an excellent dramatic and historical telling of the tale. Billy Bob Thornton in particular is excellent as David Crockett. His character and personal charm comes through loud and clear. This is the Crocket of "Three Roads to the Alamo" by William C Davis, an excellent book on the background of all the protagonists.

Strange to say, this was also sitting in my library unread and rediscovered for me by Kris Floyd. I'm correcting that mistake and am now deeply immersed in the book.

The scene in which David Crocket plays his fiddle from the Alamo battlements as Santa Ana's national Mexican Army plays military marches with great bombast is an excellent touch. General Antonio López de Santa Anna is played very well by Emilio Echevarría. The entire cast is excellent with many great characterizations.

Thanks Kris for fixing this gaping hole in my education!

"Remember the Alamo"


  1. How excellent! I'm glad you enjoyed the film, it really is underrated. I'm also glad you discovered that book! Your discovery of that book reminds me of a passage that I enjoy from another excellent book, which I'll quote for you:

    “The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.”
    ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

  2. Kris,

    Great quote and yes, I couldn't agree more.

  3. Most important, I've rediscovered the Alamo and, Southeast Londoner though I am, I really understand why this moves you. Although I also enjoyed John Wayne's 1960 movie as a boy, this 2004 Alamo is for adults. The 'coon skin would be out of place.