A historical epic about conviction, courage, and sacrifice.
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The Alamo depicts the 1836 13-day standoff between Texans and the Mexican army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. As a war movie, it explores themes of enemy strategy, acts of violence and of mercy, and camaraderie. Above all, this film demonstrates the power of conviction—the courage it takes to have beliefs and the sacrifice those beliefs may require.
Use this discussion guide to explore the themes of this movie. What does the film say about the cost of following our convictions? Is fighting ever an acceptable means to an end? How can we be prepared for our enemy’s advances? And how can we work through conflict to unite for the common good?
Discussing the Scenes
The Power of Conviction
(Genesis 22:1–19; Romans 12:1–2; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:10–17; Revelation 3:16)
Understanding the Enemy
(Matthew 25:1–13; Mark 13:32–34; 1 Peter 5:8)
Revenge or Mercy?
(Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:7; Romans 12:18–20; Ephesians 2:4–5)
Working Toward a Common Goal
As the Credits Roll
(Romans 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 12:11–13; Galatians 2:19–21)
The Alamo (Touchstone Pictures, 2004), rated PG-13.
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