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GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:29 am

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Alamo aftermath scene from Gone To Texas (originally broadcast in 1987 as Houston, The Legend Of Texas.)
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Joe points out Travis' body in Gone To Texas. As the north wall was blocked off at the time of filming by the cemetery from Barbarosa,
Travis had to be found at the SW corner gun emplacement. (Lobby cards from the Rivercentre IMAX theatre lobby.)
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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The next time you watch GONE TO TEXAS, forward to the Alamo aftermath scene where a soldado is running down the Texian 'pennant' from the flagstaff above the Alamo chapel. 'Pennant' is the word for it, because it looks too small for either a flag, or a banner. There's an interesting story behind this. Just before they were about to start filming the Alamo aftermath, it was discovered that no one had thought to get a flag to fly over the Alamo. Well, time is money and so with no time to lose, a dash was made to the Alamo Village Tradin' Post where a Texas State flag windsock was purchased. Production merely cut the windsock in half and then ran it up the Alamo flagstaff! Solemn truth. :D
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Filmed in 1986, but not aired until 1987, GONE TO TEXAS is a film about Sam Houston (Sam Elliott) and the Texas Revolution. Based on the wonderful 1939 film MAN OF CONQUEST, GONE TO TEXAS (originally aired as HOUSTON: The Legend Of Texas) gets the nod for being the more historically accurate film for its use of reenactors.

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Alamo Society members who participated in the filming of GONE TO TEXAS:

FRONT ROW, KNEELING: Alan Huffines, Steve Aabolt, Charie Morfin Jr., Charlie Morfin Sr., Mike Waters

BACK ROW,STANDING: Michael Boyd, Bill Chemerka, Kevin Young, Ned Huthmacher, Dan Gagliasso, Jerry Laing, Larry Grimsly, Mark Matthews
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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GONE TO TEXAS is also the only film to date that encompasses the entire Texas revolution, with scenes of
the battle of Gonzales, the siege of Bejar, the Alamo aftermath, the Goliad massacre and the battle of San
Jacinto.

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Here's some behind the scenes shots of the siege of San Antonio from "Gone To Texas".
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Sam Elliott's wife, Katherine Ross, appeared as Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson in GONE TO TEXAS.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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The refurbished Alamo set for GONE TO TEXAS. Just as the production company for GTT was leaving, the 13 DAYS TO GLORY folks were arriving.
The refurbishment of the Waynamo compound was a joint effort of both production companies.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Reenactor Dan Gagliasso, in the plaza.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Larry "findem-killem" Grimsley defends the GONE TO TEXAS Long Barrack.
Notice how the reconstructed "Travis' Headquarters" room was not even given a complete roof?
I guess this may've solved a lighting problem when filming was going on in the cramped room.

(Also, notice how the courtyard gate is blocked up, similar to Mark Lemon's model.)
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Very Waynamo-ish, don't you think?
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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For all of you reenactors and extras from THE ALAMO (2004) San Jacinto Set at Lost Pines Ranch, near Bastrop, May/June 2003, this scene may seem
familiar to you---but it ain't. It's the Mud Creek set, near Del Rio, 1986.

Nevertheless, when I arrived at Bastrop for THE ALAMO (2004) shoot, it felt very much like 'deja vu, all over again.' For the Mud Creek scene shows the
Texians preparing to come out of the woods to head toward that Mexican camp in the distance, again and again and again and again and...
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Sam Elliott, resting in the trees in the Texian position. Notice the camera on the track? It was used to get a tracking shot of us coming out
of the woods to charge the Mexican position seen in the distance across that field.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Ned Huthmacher and Larry Grimsley, just outside the Texian camp, with the Mexican camp in the background.

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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

Postby NefariousNed on Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:23 pm

The Mud Creek Ranch is located inbetween Del Rio and Brackettville, or about 15 miles away from either town. It was a perfect location for filming a
recreation of the Battle of San Jacinto--- far more so than the site outside Bastrop that was chosen for the San Jac battlefield in THE ALAMO (2004).
For one thing, Mud Creek was kind of marshy and had the tall, waving grass characteristic of the actual battlefield. The timber in the woods
surrounding it are also closer to the actual site, as opposed to the pine forest aroud Bastrop. Mud Creek itself substituted for Peggy Lake.

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Photo 1. Looking from the Texian camp, toward the Mexucan camp, with the Twin Sisters.
Photo 2. Looking from the Mexican cam toward the Texian position in the far timber.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Sam Elliott, as Sam Houston on the Mud Creek San Jacinto set of GONE TO TEXAS.

We were inbetween scenes and Sam was crouching down in the grass resting, when I approached
him and asked if he would mind posing for a picture. "Proud to, " he replied in his gravely drawl,
while beginning to rise. "No, you don't have to get up," I said, "just stay right there."
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Peter Gonzales Falcon, seen here on the San Jacinto set, portrays Juan Seguin in GONE TO TEXAS.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Texians advance into battle at San Jacinto, in GONE TO TEXAS.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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The Mexicans respond too little, too late.
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Texians crash the barricade.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Jerry Laing displays the San Jacinto battle flag on the Mud Creek set for GONE TO TEXAS
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Sam, on his first horse, Saracen.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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After Saracen is shot out from under him, Sam acquires another horse.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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A rather amusing incident occured during the storming of the Mexican camp. Some 'authentic' Mexican soldiers (Del Rio is on the
border) were told to run for it. They did, and continued running, even after the director had called 'Cut'. Someone had to go after
them to make them stop. :D
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Sam (Elliott) Houston charges the Mexican barricade. (And those soldados just keep on running in the distance.)
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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My big screen moment, charging the Mexican barricade at San Jacinto.

As I had been 'killed' earlier in the charge (in a filmed, but cut scene) I had to change from my black hat with maroon hat-band into one of Charlie Morfin's period sombreros. In the scene where Sam Elliot as Houston says, "Now is the time to fire!" I am very prominent in the firing line as the only guy with this huge sombrero. That's what I'm seen wearing in the close-up shot.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Here a photo of my second costume change for the film GONE TO TEXAS (AKA HOUSTON: THE LEGEND OF TEXAS). It's what I was wearing in the close-up scene, above. The reason I had to have a costume change is that I was chosen as one of the Texians who would be killed in a volley from the Mexican barricade. In the volley scene, I flew backwards spread-eagle into two feet of marsh water and got pretty soaked. After all that, the scene was cut. Oh well.
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Emily Morgan, just after an unfortunately cut shower scene. :cry:
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Emily Morgan (Cynthyia Cuprill) watches Santa Anna (Richard Yniguez) ride nobly away from the battle.
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Then, she rats him out. "Santanna! Santanna!"
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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For the Alamo aftermath sequence, Sam Elliott's wife, Katherine Ross, as Mrs. Dickinson, got to watch troops shoot Bill Chemerka and a
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Re: GONE TO TEXAS (1986)

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Sam Elliott, as Houston arrives in Texas, offering his services as a lawyer.
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Reenactors at Mud Creek watch Sam Elliott enact a scene in the woods.
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Sam Eliott near the Mexican camp with Larry Grimsley, Mike Waters, Bill Chemerka and Gary Foreman.
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Sam Eliott, getting made up in the field.
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Notice one of the Twin Sisters firing in the distance?
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Jerry Laing's mug, with Sam Eliott's back in the background.
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Sam, on his 3rd horse.
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