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Thread #68876   Message #1164547
Posted By: Little Hawk
18-Apr-04 - 02:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: 'The Alamo' - superb movie!
Subject: RE: BS: 'The Alamo' - superb movie!
Lyle, I'm really only saying that it was far more accurate than previous attempts by Hollywood have been...

Yes, Crockett does make a brief speech to one of the Mexican officers, rather than to Santa Ana directly. He does so after being asked by Santa Ana (through the Mexican officer) if he wishes to "beg for mercy". The Mexicans are treated with dignity and understanding in this film, which raises it to a whole new level in its genre. It's not just a whitewash of American "purity". If the Mexicans had had a decent leader at the time, instead of an egomaniac they would probably have successfully put down that rebellion (and not executed Crockett and the other few survivors of the Alamo).

The movie points out that the Texans were practicing slavery, which had already been outlawed in Mexico. I call that a breakthrough in honesty for Hollywood movies.

Travis, Crockett, Bowie, Houston, and the rank and file of the Mexicans are all presented in a way that stirs sympathy and understanding, despite their very considerable human flaws. I call that a breakthrough as well.

It's a mature movie in a genre that is not generally known for much maturity.

- LH