I first saw this film at a drive-in movie theatre in Canada back in 1967(?) when I was a boy. The splendidly recreated town and mission buildings certainly looked wonderful on the gigantic screen. The sets, costumes and production values are genuinely excellent - evidence of time and loving care devoted to creating a fitting tribute to the brave patriots who laid down their lives in The Alamo. Indeed, the movie begins very promisingly - it suggests that the viewer is going to be thrilled by non-stop action...but...yes, sadly there is a 'but'...its early dash, vigour and excitement stalls as soon as John Wayne (playing Davy Crockett and too old for the part) rides over the horizon. At this point, the movie is all too often full of jaw jaw instead of war war. Wayne's obviously sincere speeches about Republicanism and the American Way and an unnecessary semi-romantic sub-plot sit uneasily beside scenes of manly bar room brawling and meetings between the revolts bickering local leaders. Laurence Harvey struggles with miscasting - never sure if he is supposed to be determined, stubborn or a pompous stuffed shirt. Richard Widmark seems too small to be totally convincing as famed knife-fighter Jim Bowie (and in any case, plays him no differently than any of his other western roles). After Wayne and company have got drunk, smashed up a saloon, defended a senorita from an unwelcome admirer and debated strategy and political philosophies, the battle begins and the movie picks up real pace again. To be fair, Wayne brought this story to the screen despite being turned down by financial backers and ignored by many actors with sufficient stature to do true justice to the historically important subject matter. He paid for the production mainly out of his own pocket and turned to performers who at least wanted to join his project. There is much to be admired about this film - it is almost a great movie - at times it misses greatness by just a few inches. The Alamo has enough heart and spectacle for any two or three average movies - at £3.99 it is a bargain, so add it to your collection and be patient with its less effective segments.