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[[{{Badass}} Davy Crockett]], Jim Bowie, and the Texas militia [[ForegoneConclusion try to defend the Alamo]] from [[TheBigBad General Santa Anna]].

There have been two film versions as of this date--the first being the first directorial effort of Creator/JohnWayne (who also starred), the second being made by Creator/TouchstonePictures (Creator/{{Disney}} incognito at the time) in 2004 and starring Creator/BillyBobThornton as Crockett. This page is about both of them.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Emil tries to force Flaca into marriage with him so he can ''legally'' own her land. Thankfully [[spoiler: he's killed before he can force her to go through with it.]]
* ArtisticLicense: Davy Crockett's last scene, in both films.
** AluminumChristmasTrees: One of Santa Anna's officers wrote an account of the siege that ended with Crockett and several others brought before Santa Anna and ultimately sabered to death.
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much all of the defenders fit into this trope.
* BackToBackBadasses: In the Wayne version, Crockett and Bowie first team-up to fight off a bunch of hired thugs sent by Emil Sande, a corrupt and greedy San Antonio businessman.
--> '''Crockett''': Well thanks friend! (''gestures too the two men Bowie has firmly in a head-lock'') If you don't insist on having those two to yourself I'll give you a hand?
--> '''Bowie''': My pleasure friend. (''Crockett then renders both men out cold with Bowie's knife'')
* BadassBoast: The Tennesseans did this a lot in the JohnWayne version, and they had the balls to back up their claims.
* BittersweetEnding: Or DownerEnding, it depends (a little) on which film you watch.
* BookEnds: The Wayne film opens and closes with a view of the Mission, and the guard at his post.
* ButtMonkey: Beekeeper
* CasualDangerDialogue: One scene in the JohnWayne film. After Crockett's encounter with Emil Sande, he's accosted by some of Sande's men. Bowie decided to help Crockett and he and Crockett become acquainted during the fight.
* {{Deconstruction}}: In the 2004 film, [[DoNotCallMePaul David]] Crockett deconstructs the LivingLegend trope.
* DoNotGoGentle
* FinalBattle: On the thirteenth day of the siege.
* GallowsHumor: The defenders are realistic about their odds of survival.
* GeniusBruiser: Crockett shows himself to be a shrewd tactician and leader in addition to being a badass on the front-lines. He also displays a great deal of wit guile when dealing with his own men.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: In the 2004 film. The Mexicans get a lot more sympathy and a scene where their motives are explained, and Jim Bowie is a real {{jerkass}} to his slave.
* GoodShepherd: The Parson, one of Crockett's Tennessee volunteers.
* IronicEcho: "Do X mean what I think it do?" "It do."
* InsistentTerminology: Crockett prefers David to Davy.
* {{Jerkass}}: Travis in the JohnWayne film.
** This is actually one of the film's rare TruthInTelevision moments as William Travis was not well liked by most of the defenders.
* LastStand
* NobleDemon: Mexican [[FourStarBadass General]] [[OldSoldier Manuel]] [[TokenGoodTeammate Castrillon]] in the 2004 film, and in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]. He [[AFatherToHisMen wants to reduce Mexican casualties]], shows some amount of sympathy for the Texans, begs Santa Anna to spare Davy Crockett's life, and is visibly disgusted by Santa Anna's cruelty and arrogance. Sadly, it doesn't save him from the [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Texans' wrath]] at San Jacinto.
** In real life, it was even worse. Though his death was less gruesome (the rebels simply shot him), the Texan commander in charge of the men who killed him actually begged for them to spare his life, only for the bloodthirsty rebels to ignore him. At least he got a decent burial, and the Texans later admitted that they [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone shouldn't have killed him]].
** In Wayne's film, ''Santa Anna'' is heavily implied to be this, making it a point to allow all civilians to leave before the attack--and then ordering his men to salute Mrs. Dickinson in the end.
* NoIndoorVoice: John Wayne's Jim Bowie.
* OhCrap: No one ever says so out loud but, you can see it on the faces of the defenders fairly often.
** Notably, Travis and Crockett's reactions in the 2004 film: Travis, when he looks upon the Mexicans surrounding San Antonio de Bexar for the first time, and Crockett, as he stops playing his violin when he hears the Mexican troops approaching the Alamo just before the final attack.
* OneSidedBattle: Only a few hundred men defend the Alamo versus over a thousand Mexicans. The defenders hold out well, until they're overwhelmed in final battle during the climax.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Smitty tries to convince everyone (including a cute little lady that's very concerned for him) that the wound he has is nothing serious. Then Beekeeper goes and pours Whisky on it!
* PowerTrio: The roles stand the same in both versions:
** TheSpock: Travis, the intellectual and well-educated leader trying to do what's right.
** TheMcCoy: Bowie, the irrepressible, hotheaded, complete opposite of Travis.
** TheKirk: Crockett, well-liked by both men, and acts as a mediator between the two.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The Battle of San Jacinto is this in the 2004 version, for both the Alamo and the Battle of Goliad that happened earlier. Until one Mexican general formally surrendered, the battle might have been called a massacre.
* RousingSpeech: Sam Houston gives one prior to the battle of San Jacinto in the 2004 film.
--> '''Gen. Sam Houston''': You will remember this battle! You will remember each minute of it! Each second! 'Til the day that you die! That is for tomorrow, gentlemen! For today... REMEMBER THE ALAMO!
* RunningGag: The two Tennessee men.
--> '''Tennessean #1''': Do (...) mean what I think it do?
--> '''Tennessean #2''': It do.
** The sentry Bob's penitent for saying "Halt, who goes there?" to Jim Bowie, who didn't approve.
* ShownTheirWork: The 2004 version, which took ArtisticLicense with some things but overall was very accurate.
* ShroudedInMyth: Davy Crockett has a BIG reputation.
* SmugSnake: Santa Anna (in the 2004 version), and Emil Sande (from the John Wayne film).
* VillainSong: The Mexican army plays Degüello, which translates to 'slit throat'.
* TheCavalry: Discussed but averted
* TakingYouWithMe: In the Wayne version, all three leading men make an effort to take as many of the enemy with them as they ''go''.
* WeHaveReserves: In the 2004 version, Santa Anna says to an underling concerned about casualties that he shouldn't worry because soldiers are nothing but "so many chickens".
* WorthyOpponent: Surprisingly, the Mexican army (though not [[BigBad Santa Anna]] himself) gets this treatment in Wayne's ''Alamo''. One scene has two of Crockett's Tennesseans admitting they admire the courage of the Mexicans assaulting the Alamo, praising them as "fighting men." (This reaches a high point when the boys take note of the Mexican's dignified treatment of their dead.) The Mexicans saluting Mrs. Dickinson and other survivors at the end suggests the feeling is mutual.
** Even Santa Anna is portrayed in Wayne's film as something of a NobleDemon, honorably allowing all civilians enough time to leave the area safely before the attack begins.
* ZergRush: Santa Anna's entire strategy in the final assault is this. It works, but there are multiple shots wide shots that show how heavy a price the Mexicans paid just ''getting in''. TruthInTelevision in that Santa Anna is regarded as a GeneralFailure by many historians, so the poor performance of the strategy is no surprise.
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