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123 Ratings

Last Night at the Alamo

Directed by Eagle Pennell
United States, 1983


On the day before its demolition, a colorful assortment of barflies, local oddballs, and urban cowboys assemble at the titular Houston, Texas honky-tonk for one last round. Among them is local legend Cowboy (Davis) who mounts a last-ditch stand to save the beloved watering hole.

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Last Night at the Alamo Directed by Eagle Pennell

Critics reviews

You can see why Richard Linklater caught the filmmaking bug after watching Pennell’s work. He creates memorable, wacky characters with oversized personalities.
June 15, 2016
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The characters’ profane grousing is the whirlwind patter of impotence, with Kim Henkel’s dialogue often reaching the salty frenzies of his Texas Chainsaw Massacre screenplay. Strutting bulls laid bare as anxious calves, the forlorn drunkard making a stand with rifle in hand, “it’s about time something got started around here.” A clear influence on Linklater’s panoramas, a wry view of American bluster as a saloon of illusions nearing closing time.
January 01, 2010
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