The Alamo

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Doesn't work despite Thornton's top performance.

PG-13 2004 135 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 10+

Appropriate for educational purposes...

This film is appropriate for viewing in grade 4 (approx. age 10+) with parental permission/with a parent present. Without parental permission/a parent present, it is more appropriate for viewing in grade 7/8 (approx. age 13+). This film is an appropriate addition to any American History curriculum, or esp. a Texas State History curriculum. Be advised: as this film depicts an historical account of a major battle, there is a great deal of violence. Gore and blood, however, is not as excessive in this film as in many other popular films of the day. Further note that there is some profanity, as well as some smoking, drinking, and sexual innuendo depicted. Slavery, as it was an issue of the historical period, is also referenced. NOTE: I am surprised at the Common Sense representative's review of this film. The reviewer ONLY included comments relative to filmography, and comments obviously biased against the state of Texas. Re: filmography comments: more subjective than objective, as is usually the case; perfectly appropriate to include opinions on the production and acting skills involved. Re: film content: As a historical representation of The Battle of the Alamo, the film is appropriate. The outcome of 1836 Battle might or might not be palatable to some; but opinions relative to history are irrelevant to the film itself, and should not have bearing on a review of a film that depicts that history.
age 13+

stuff to be learned

I agree with the teacher who says that this movie can be viewed by anyone from 7th grade on up. Those who watch this movie will learn some little known facts. For example, before watching this movie I did not know that Davy Crockett was a Senator, as his frontiersman days get all the hype. They'll also be reminded of this difficult time in our nation's history.

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