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.