Texas Rising

Movie review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Texas Revolution docudrama is entertaining but gritty.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 450 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

History of the Texas Revolution from a decidedly U.S. point of view. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Houston and the Rangers are flawed heroes. 

Violence

Endless gruesome, bloody killings, mangled corpses; attempted rape.

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo. a simulated sex act. Prostitution.   

Language

"Hell," "bitch," "ass," "damn," “s--t," "f--k.” Racial slurs (“redskins," "bean eater").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigars, cigarettes, pipes; wine, hard liquor. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Texas Rising is a docudrama that highlights the major events of the second half of the Texas Revolution. However, it's more entertaining than educational and contains lots of strong content, including continuous brutal, bloody violence, attempted rape, sexual content (including simulated sex acts), cursing ("bitch," "ass," "s--t," "f--k") and lots of drinking and smoking. Most of this is offered in a historical context, but it makes the series best-suited for older viewers. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byweaslea May 26, 2015

Not Texas history if that's what you want...

I was an archaeologist/park ranger for TPWD, and I worked on historical sites where Texas was born. If you really want to learn about Texas history, I recommend... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old May 28, 2015

Great but very bloody show has tons of violence, language, drinking, and racy content.

My rating:R for strong graphic violence, pervasive language, alcohol use, racy content, and graphic nudity.

What's the story?

TEXAS RISING chronicles the second half of the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers. It's March 7, 1836, and General Antonio López de Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez) has successfully overtaken the Alamo as part of his brutal offensive designed to reclaim the Mexican province of Texas from rebellious Texians (U.S. settlers) and Tejanos (creoles) who want an independent Texian republic. General Sam Houston (Bill Paxton) must figure out how to lead his small, untrained volunteer group of men to push Santa Anna's troops out of the territory without the help of President Andrew Jackson (Kris Kristofferson), who is unwilling to intervene. Meanwhile, an independent and spirited band of men known as the Rangers (played by actors including Brendan Fraser, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Trevor Donovan, and Christopher McDonald) are called upon to support Houston’s efforts. Also helping their cause is former indentured servant Emily West (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), aka the "Yellow Rose of Texas," and Lorca (Ray Liotta), one of the few survivors of the Alamo. Throughout it all, settlers continue to enter the territory in hopes of finding a new life. It’s a brutal and lawless time but one that has a major impact on the formation of the Lone Star state.   

Is it any good?

History buffs and classic Western fans will find it entertaining, but those unfamiliar with Mexican or Texan history may find this miniseries sometimes hard to follow. From the bloody Goliad campaign to the battle of San Jacinto, the series offers a dramatic retelling of the history of the Texas Revolution, while bringing to life some of the folklore and legends behind it. It also strings together narratives that highlight the varied experiences of territory residents during this time, including independent-minded Texians, Tejanos caught between two countries, dishonest land empresarios, Native American tribes trying to protect their lands, and slaves who tragically found themselves caught in the middle of it all. It also weaves in some comedic moments, in an attempt to create some relief from the ruthlessness shown here. 

However, it also lacks clear explanations about what led to the revolution, such asthe breakdown of immigration agreements between the two countries and the Union's hopes for access to Pacific trade routes via the Gulf. But the overall series serves to memorialize the historic figures who -- and events that -- are credited with helping secure Texas’ independence from Mexico and its eventual entrance into the union as the country’s 28th state.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the history of Texas. What makes Texas history so different from that of many other states in the Union? Does this series offer an accurate portrayal of what transpired during this time? 

  • What is a docudrama? Is it supposed to present facts? Or is it a fictional work based on actual events?

Movie details

For kids who love American history

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