EW Staff
February 17, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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