TCU Daily Skiff Wednesday, April 14, 2004
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John Wayne’s movie classic inspires Texas pride

By Crystal Forester
Skiff Staff

Once the true story of the Alamo and the fighting begins, John Wayne’s “The Alamo” is a movie worth watching.

The first 45 minutes have a few issues before the true movie begins.

The major challenge of the movie is the actors’ horrible southern accents. The first 10 minutes of the movie are spent trying to understand what they are saying. Our accents are unique to us and hard to mimic, especially, when an English actor, Laurence Harvey, as William B. Travis, tries.

Just like any film about a historical event, Wayne tries to make the characters seem like real people.

All movies during this time had to have a leading lady with a touching love story; the problem with this is it doesn’t fit in the movie. Having Wayne’s character, Davy Crockett, fall in love with someone was definitely a mistake. The love story seems to just be thrown in the movie as an afterthought. It doesn’t help Crockett become a real person. In fact, it makes him seem less like a real person.

Despite these problems, the movie is pretty good. It definitely becomes a Texas pride movie. The battle at the Alamo is one of the many reasons Texans today love the state so much.

Although Santa Anna and his men managed to kill almost 200 men without shedding a drop of blood in the movie, the audience understands the heroic battle that the men at the Alamo took on. Knowing they would die, they stayed and fought holding back Santa Anna for a few days to give other Texans the chance to build their forces to eventually gain independence.

Today singers like Pat Green get to “sing songs about Texas” because of the men that gave their life at the Alamo, and John Wayne’s version lets people identify with those men.
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