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Alamo, The (1960, John Wayne, Richard Widmark)



Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina

The Duke directs (with the uncredited help of his friend and mentor John Ford) flag-waving spectacular The Alamo about the courageous struggle by 182 American heroes to defend a small Catholic mission to the death and eventually win Texas. The restored, widescreen edition of Wayne’s epic is at original length, and includes the theatrical trailer. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture; Best Song (“Green Leaves of Summer”).

The Alamo was John Wayne’s first film both in front of and behind the camera. Wayne produced the film with a budget of more than $15 million, and was assisted by John Ford, who influenced the direction of film’s exciting battle sequences.

production details
USA | 167 minutes | 1960

Cinematography: William H. Clothier
Editor: Stuart Gilmore
Music: Dimitri Tiomkin
Script: James Edward Grant

John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett
Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie
Laurence Harvey as Col. William Travis
Frankie Avalon as Smitty
Patrick Wayne as Capt. James Butler Bonham
Linda Cristal as Flaca
Joan O’Brien as Mrs. Sue Dickinson
Chill Wills as Beekeeper
Joseph Calleia as Juan Seguin
Ken Curtis as Capt. Almeron Dickinson
Carlos Arruza as Lt. Reyes
Jester Hairston as Jethro
Veda Ann Borg as Blind Nell Robertson
John Dierkes as Jocko Robertson
Denver Pyle as Thimblerig (the Gambler)
Hank Worden as Parson
William Henry as Dr. Sutherland
Richard Boone as Gen. Sam Houston
Ruben Padilla as General Santa Anna
Guinn Williams as Lt. ‘Irish’ Finn
Aissa Wayne as Lisa Angelica Dickinson
Jack Pennick as Sgt. Lightfoot
Olive Carey as Mrs. Dennison
Wesley Lau as Emil