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November 17, 1987|MICHAEL WILMINGTON | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"The Man From the Alamo." Kartes. $19.95. This 1953 Budd Boetticher Western has the crisp, dry, unhurried style of his classic cycle with Randolph Scott, which began in 1955, but it's not his best work. The premise is strange: a man (Glenn Ford) forced to leave the Alamo right before Santa Ana's attack on a noble mission to carry word to his friends' families is branded a coward for surviving--and does absolutely nothing to defend himself. Masochism? Finally he falls in with renegades on a prototypical mission of redemption. The floating moral ambiguity is typical of Boetticher, and the action and cinematography are nice, but this is nothing more than a minor genre piece. Boetticher's best Horizons West were yet to come. Information: (317) 844-7403. ** 1/2

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