John Landis on

The Alamo

Released 1960
Distributor United Artists

“Republic. I like the sound of the word.” No, it’s not John Wayne talking about his former studio employers, but his directorial debut, the 70mm roadshow epic portrayal of the battle for Texas independence. Wayne lost a fortune on the picture, which was hacked into several shorter, less coherent general release versions, but it’s been belatedly restored to its original 192 minute version. Beware shorter cuts.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.