New,Old Movie that I watched (The Alamo)

12 Apr

So at school we had to watch this movie called the Alamo. It was from 2004. But anyhow I really liked,  most people didn’t like it and said it was boring ,and lol some fell asleep. It was based on something that happened in real lifelong ago. And I’m not a big fan of history things much but now I am because of watch this movie. So here is the basic summary of the movie, it happened in real life too. ………………………………………………………….

The Alamo Movie

The film begins in March 1836 in the Texas town of San Antonio de Bexar (now downtown San Antonio, TX, USA), site of the Alamo, where bodies of Texan defenders and Mexican attackers are strewn over the Alamo. The film then flashes back to a year earlier. Sam Houston attends a party where he tries to persuade people to migrate to Texas. He meets with David Crockett, recently defeated for reelection to Congress. Houston explains to Crockett that as an immigrant to Texas, Crockett will receive 640 acres (2.6 km2) [a square mile] of his own choosing. Crockett asks with a grin whether this new republic is going to need a president.
Meanwhile, in San Felipe, Texas, the Texas provisional government is meeting to discuss what course of action to take after the recent capture of the Alamo and Bexar from Mexican forces at the first Battle of San Antonio de Bexar. Texas having rebelled against Mexico and its presidential dictator Santa Anna, who is personally leading an army to retake the Alamo, the War Party calls for the Texas army to depart Bexar, cross into Mexico and confront Mexican forces at the town of Matamoros. The Opposition Party seeks to rebuild the Texan army and establish a permanent government to be recognized by other nations of the world. Sam Houston is voted out as commander of the Texas army. While having drinks with Jim Bowie later, the disgusted Houston tells Bowie to go to San Antonio and destroy the Alamo.
William Barret Travis is also in San Felipe, reporting for duty. His character is quickly established as a man who seeks respect as a uniformed military officer, a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army. Interlaced scenes show him granting his wife a divorce (for his adultery, abandonment, and “barbarous treatment”), and seeking a second chance in Texas. He is sent to take command of the Alamo, where he meets Col. James Neill, who informs him that he’ll be in charge of the Texas Army regulars while Neil is away on leave. Travis, alarmed that the Alamo’s small force cannot withstand the advancing Mexican Army, asks for reinforcements. Small groups of reinforcements arrive, but not enough for the impending battle. Travis oversees preparations for defense against inevitable attack, in hopes that enough reinforcements will arrive.
Crockett arrives in San Antonio, where he tells a crowd, “I told them folks they can go to hell, I’m going to Texas”. After he is told that the other defenders are impatient for Santa Anna to arrive now that Crockett is on hand, Crockett replies, “I understood the fighting was over…Ain’t it?” For the first time in any Alamo or Davy Crockett film, the viewer is shown the political aspirations of Crockett and possibly his real intentions for traveling to Texas: not so much to fight for freedom, but for new opportunities. The movie implies that he’s caught in the middle and cannot escape. Santa Anna soon arrives in San Antonio, much to the surprise of the Texan fighters, who were not expecting the Mexican Army to arrive until late March or early April. The Texans retire to the Alamo compound despite its vulnerability. Amid the chaos Travis writes letters asking for reinforcements. Only a couple dozen men arrive to join them.

The siege has begun. Bowie leaves the Alamo to meet with Mexican General Manuel Castrillón to talk things out before they get out of hand. However, a perturbed Travis fires the 18-pound cannon on the south-west wall, thus cutting short Bowie’s impromptu attempt at diplomacy and virtually ending any chance for avoiding the battle. Bowie notifies Travis that the Santa Anna has offered surrender at discretion. Travis offers all within the opportunity to leave. Almost to a man the defenders decide to stay and fight to the end. At least one woman remains, Mrs. Susanna Dickinson, whose husband, Lt. Almeron Dickinson, has decided to stay. For the next several nights, the Mexican Army band serenades the Texans inside the Alamo with the “Degüello” (slit throat), followed by an artillery bombardment of the surrounded compound. Satisfied that the Texans will not leave the Alamo, the Mexicans raise a red flag as a signal of “no quarter”. The flag is visible also to the Alamo’s defenders, who know its meaning.
The inevitable attack begins in the darkness before dawn with bugle calls along the Mexican front line. The Texans are awakened by the sound of the bugles signaling for the troops to attack. They are also awakened by the sound of Mexicans screaming “Viva Santa-Anna!!” After a long and brutal battle, the Mexicans-despite taking heavy casualties-breach the north wall of the mission, and Travis is killed when he is shot in the head by a young Mexican soldier storming the north wall. While a smaller group of Mexican engineers, armed with axes and crowbars, assault and break down the boarded-up doors and windows of the west wall, a smaller group storms the southwest wall, forcing the few surviving Texans to fall back to the buildings where they are all killed. Bowie is discovered in his room and is stabbed after he fires off his pistols, killing soldiers and attempting to use his knife in the process. Crockett is taken prisoner, promising to take Santa Anna to Houston for the Mexican Army to surrender and maybe survive, but Santa Anna refuses the mocking offer and orders Crockett to be executed.
Days later, after hearing about the fall of the Alamo, Houston orders his small army to retreat eastward, pursued by Santa Anna who is leading the bulk of the Mexican Army. A few weeks later, Houston halts his retreat near the San Jacinto River area, where he decides to face the Mexicans in a final stand. With the support of two cannons and a small group of mounted Tejanos, Houston leads the Texans in a surprise attack against the Mexican camp in which, caught off guard, the Mexicans are routed after a short battle, with many killed or wounded, at a cost of only a handful of Texans. Houston is wounded in the leg by a musket ball. Santa Anna escapes, but is captured the following day by a Texian patrol, his identity given away when Mexican prisoners respond to his presence. Santa Anna surrenders to the wounded Houston, in exchange for his life, agreeing to order all surviving Mexican troops to withdraw from Texas and accept Texan independence.


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