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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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texas | alamo | soldier | siege | death | See All (88) »


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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 »


Although Travis ordered a uniform to be made, it was not ready by the time of the battle. See more »


Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: History teaches us, gentlemen, that great generals remain generals by never underestimating their opposition.
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Spoofed in The Alamo (2009) See more »

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12 November 2003 | by levensonfamilySee all my reviews

O.K.,so this retelling of the alamo story may not boast the biggest budget,the most visible actors,and may be a bit on the long side BUT it is a decent flick that makes an effort to present a reasonable retelling of the actual alamo saga...in the film which john wyane put out in the'60s the unrealisticl super-patriotism seemed to get in the way of the story,reducing it almost to a parody of actual events...don't get me wrong here,I did enjoy that flick,but the rather stilted dialouge and the "Hollywood"production values seemed to make the whole enterprise(excluding the final,climactic & well photographed battle scenes)seem a tad two-dimensional..."13 Days to Glory"used a lot of B-level and unknown players,presented a more realistic storyline,and,contrary to what some may think,did well combining battle footage from a previous production with footage shot specificly for this film...I have heard that the new alamo flick,set to be released in April,will present an even more realistic portrait of the defenders and the mexican army,warts and all...this,to some degree,was what"13 days to Glory"attempted,and if they did not bring forth a masterpiece they at least managed to give us a good flick...not great maybe,but a good flick

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