“I have just received a dispatch that Santa Anna has captured San Antonio. Colonel Travis, with less than 200 men, has withdrawn across the river to the Alamo to prepare for its defense. At the moment, that is the only military force between the Mexican army and the Sabine River… and those men need help! ” – Sam Houston
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – As the forces of Santa Anna converge on the Alamo, a group of men draw lots in order to choose who is to be sent to watch over their families.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard about before recently coming across it.
I have always been a fan of Glenn Ford every since I saw him in the original Superman: The Movie (1978).
The overall story presented here is quite good, but it could have been presented in a much more powerful way.
This film deals with some very important and interesting issues and is able to show them in an interesting fashion.
The way that they show issues dealing with cowardice and also doing what is right for on’e family are done quite well and makes us care even more about what is going on.
Ford does a nice job in the lead role here and effective shows the emotions of a man who is being tortured by the fact that he was forced to abandon his friends and the duty he swore to uphold in order to protect their families along with his own.
The story itself jumps round a bit too much and this also takes away from any kind of real impact that this film can have.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that isn’t as powerful as one might hope. The issues dealt with here are shown in an interesting fashion especially when dealing with the ideas of cowardice and doing what is right for your family and friends. Ford does a nice job in the lead and is able to show the emotions of a man who must desert his friends and duty in order to try and look after their families along with his own. The story jumps around a bit too much and that takes away from some of the impact of such a premise.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Chill Wills (who plays John Gage in this film) was also in “The Alamo” (1960) playing Beekeeper. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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