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The Alamo

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Billy Bob Thornton, The Alamo (Movie - 2004)

The Alamo (Movie - 2004)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
120 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/09/04
performer:
Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Marc Blucas, Jordi Molla, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson
director:
John Lee Hancock
Producer:
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
distributor:
Touchstone Pictures
author:
Les Bohem, Stephen Gaghan, John Lee Hancock
genre:
Historical, ActionAdventure, War

We gave it a C+

”I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m just slow,” admits director John Lee Hancock, whose epic was slated for a Christmas release. ”But I enjoy fiddling with stuff. My postproduction schedule for ‘The Alamo’ — six main characters and 1.4 million feet of film — was about what I had on ‘The Rookie,’ which was a simpler movie. And I used all that time up.” Great Texas horny toads — did he say 1.4 million feet of film? ”There are a hundred movies I could make from the footage I shot,” says Hancock, who confirms that some test audiences found the sprawling story confusing. On the upside, no additional shoots were required — changes all happened in the editing room (so far, about 30 minutes have been excised). What about the rumors claiming that ”Alamo”’s delay was studio-mandated because test audiences reviled a scene where Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) begs for his life? ”Completely false and laughable,” says Hancock.

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