there have of course been many films depicting the heroic stand made against
perhaps between four and six thousand of 'Santa Anna's' battle hardened troops
by fewer than two hundred men defending a run down mission/ makeshift fort.
most versions have the battle taking place during the day-light hours, my
understanding is that much of the final assault took place before sun-rise.
nearly all the versions I've seen give the impression the defenders of the
'Alamo' killed between 1200-1500 or so of the attacking force, some historians
estimate the figure being around 400 ( who knows ? )
what is not in question is that the few, knowing death was certain stood for
what they believed to be right.
did 'colonel Travis' draw a line in the sand with his sword ? ..again who knows.
those that walked away from the mission including 'Captain Dickinson's'. wife
and 15 month old child along with 'Travis's' slave 'Joe' as well as two or
three other woman and their children who had refused to leave, they would almost
certainly have given their account of the battle they may have seen through
a crack in the door they were behind during hostility, remembering also it
was almost certainly dark throughout the two hour battle.
there was as this version suggests many skirmishes before the final assault
during which no man was lost until the thirteenth morning.
of course 'Davy Crockett' 'Jim Bowie' and 'William Travis' are the names most
remembered, however there were of course around 178 heroes that stood
this was a made for TV mini-series, I did see it when screened but, until now
couldn't find available for purchase.
this depicts the build up to and including the final events in the great tradition
of the legend which is the 'Alamo'
the film is in 4:3 screen presentation with below-par picture quality in truth.
( guess we've kinda got used to watching HD quality on Blu-ray )
doesn't matter how often or how many different versions I have watched down the
years......one thing remains relevant............it's a terrific story of
the stuff of myths and legend indeed.