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Last Night at the Alamo: Restoring a Piece of Houston’s Indie Film History

In 1983, a group of actors took over a working class bar in Houston to film a movie. It was called Last Night at the Alamo, and it was directed by Eagle Pennell, a pioneer of the Indie film scene. Now, more than 30 years later, a group that includes director (and Houston native) Richard […]

Last Night at the Alamo - BannerIn 1983, a group of actors took over a working class bar in Houston to film a movie. It was called Last Night at the Alamo, and it was directed by Eagle Pennell, a pioneer of the Indie film scene.

Now, more than 30 years later, a group that includes director (and Houston native) Richard Linklater has restored the movie and is holding screenings around the state.

So what's this film about – and what might it have in common with modern-day Houston? Michael Hagerty found out by talking with one of the film’s main actors, Sonny Carl Davis.

MORE:
Last Night at the Alamo Trailer (YouTube, March 2, 2016)
The King of Texas: The Life and Death of Independent Filmmaker Eagle Pennell (YouTube, Nov. 13, 2012)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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