Nice pics, Nef! I think Raoul Julia played the role of Santa Anna real well! I can live with Baldwin as Travis but the guy who played Crockett was way too old for the part. Funny how they always re-use battle scenes from The Last Command in TV movies about the Alamo. They also used those scenes in Mitchener´s Texas. I realize that they are expensive to make but I wish they had found another solution...
Well, instead of falling back on the LAST COMMAND daytime battle shots, I feel they could've just made it a night battle. The night battle scenes that they did shoot of the first assault were effective and could've been manipulated to make the attacking force seem larger. The film editor just did not seem to know when to cut from one scene to another. I mean just watching those soldados come charging out of the darkness was exciting, but, instead of cutting away to a different angle of the same men, the film continues running and we can very clearly see that it's only around 40 guys and that there's no one behind them. This was unnecessary and so avoidable.
Could it be that the copyright for The Last Command had expired and thats why they use it often?
Posssibly. But you know that 13 DAYS tried to get stock battle footage from John Wayne's THE ALAMO, but balked when they felt it was too expensive.
So, there they were, the 13 DAYers. They'd revamped the Waynamo to look as close as possible to the way Wayne had it so that the stock footage would match up and then they end up not getting the stock footage. The end results were that viewers got confused as to why the Alamo's south wall was one minute limestone grey and the next minute milk-white.
Some also suspect that it was the mysterious Colonel Black who tried to lure the Gonzales 32 into a trap in the early morning of March 1, 1836. Dr. John Sutherland relates the incident:
"on reaching the suburbs of the city they were approached by a man on horseback who asked in English, 'Do you wish to go into the fort, gentlemen?' 'Yes' was the reply. 'Then follow me,' said he, at the same time turning his horse into the lead of the company. Smith remarked, 'Boys, it's time to be after shooting that fellow,' when he put spurs to his horse, sprung into the thicket, and was out of sight in a moment, before a gun could be got to bear on him."