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'The Alamo' At 50

"The Alamo" is celebrating a milestone. Fifty years ago this month, John Wayne's version of Texas' struggle for independence made its way to the big screen.  "The Alamo" was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won one Oscar, for Best Sound.  To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the caretakers of the Alamo, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, organized a special screening of the film at San Antonio's IMAX Rivercenter Theater on Friday, October 8.  

The above audio is a report from the screening, including interviews with Marisa Wayne, John Wayne's daughter, Jim Brewer, who had a small role in "The Alamo," and film preservationist Robert Harris, who is working to restore the original 70mm roadshow edition of "The Alamo."

Hear more stories from the set from Jim Brewer in the audio clip below.

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Extended interview with Jim Brewer, an extra with a small role in "The Alamo."

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