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The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 26 January 1987
Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.


Burt Kennedy


Lon Tinkle (book), Clyde Ware | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Jim Bowie
Brian Keith ... Col. Davy Crockett
Alec Baldwin ... Col. William Barrett Travis
David Ogden Stiers ... Col. Black
Jim Metzler ... Maj. James Bonham
Tom Schanley ... Pvt. Danny Cloud
Fernando Allende ... Col. Alamonte (Santa Anna's nephew)
Kathleen York ... Mrs. Susannah Dickinson
Isela Vega ... Senora Cos
Raul Julia ... Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
Gene Evans ... McGregor
Michael Wren Michael Wren ... Juan Seguin
Jon Lindstrom ... Capt. Almeron Dickinson
Hinton Battle ... Joe (Travis' servant)
David Sheiner ... Luis


The story of the famed siege of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, in which a small band of soldiers held off an overwhelming army under the Mexican general Santa Anna long enough to allow the Texan army to gather its strength. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

26 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alamo - 13 Tage bis zum Sieg See more »

Filming Locations:

Del Rio, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three of the actors were considerably older than the real-life people they played: James Arness, sixty-four, played Jim Bowie, who was forty at the time; Brian Keith, sixty-six, played Davy Crockett, who was forty-nine at the Alamo; and Lorne Greene, seventy-two, played Sam Houston, who was forty-three. See more »


The Alamo defenders are often shown to stand shoulder to shoulder. In effect, the perimeter of the Alamo was almost 450 yards. One hundred and eighty men needed to be some seven feet apart to confront an attack from all sides. See more »


Col. William Barrett Travis: Are you a commander or a scout?
Jim Bowie: [Clearly annoyed at Travis] You know something, Colonel, you're gettin' to be a burr under my saddle.
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Version of With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (1926) See more »

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This is just another camera on the Alamo with a bunch great actors. That formula just doesn't work! OK?
1 August 2016 | by mattdillon-92503See all my reviews

I have to give these guys a five just for doing this movie. I think it would be like doing "THE JAMES BOYS" again but they DID it and put their aging faces and their ragged bodies through another one.

No one EVER did a GOOD job on this subject. Every movie made about the Alamo fell on its face. John Wayne practically sold his sole (or maybe he finally did THAT at midnight one night ... But it still failed...Badly! This one was no different. They tried to take another picture of the moon to Earth and found it has already been done and we only wanted to see it ONCE!

There were moments of acting that burst out of every great actor in this movie like magical stars on the stage and then... there were moments that just stunk! IF I was an actor and I was offered a role in an "Alamo" movie I would quit and go into selling Tupperware door to door. Kieth was good, only a few days from losing it openly, he pulled it off and Arness even forced his long,heavy back to stay straight for 4 min at a time! You can't DO a movie about The Alamo unless The Alamo is just in the background.

And I give these men and women a round of applause. I would NEVER try this and they felt the same way but did it anyway!! YAY for

All of them!!! GUTS!!!!

Warren E. Justice ACRPS,CAS,CADAC, CIMS, I could go on and on.... But I would NEVER do the Alamo!!

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