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MessageSujet: Gone To Texas   Jeu 9 Juin - 10:22

Gone to Texas is a 1986 television movie, originally titled Houston: The Legend of Texas. The movie stars Sam Elliott in the title role, and is a biopic of Houston's years as Governor of Tennessee through his involvement in the Texas Revolution.


In 1986, a TV movie aired on CBS entitled "Gone to Texas" which starred Sam Elliott as Sam Houston. The beginning of the movie was when Sam Houston, then Governor of Tennessee, got married. The brief marriage ended in a declared annulment, and Houston felt honor-bound to resign, with public opinion seeing him disgraced. He left Tennessee forever and went to live with his Cherokee Nation friends, where he then fell in love with and married an Indian. But then he was asked by the Indians to speak for them, because they were short-changed by the President, Andrew Jackson, in payment for lands they sold in Tennessee when they moved peacefully to the banks of the Arkansas River. This meant he had to travel to Washington. While in Washington, a fight ensued with a legislator who accused him of being greedy and wanting money for himself, not the Indians. Houston soundly trounced the legislator, and Congress responded by taking the action to accusing him of Contempt of Congress. This gave Houston a welcomed platform to plead the Indian's cause. After he successfully defended himself, President Jackson encouraged him (unofficially) to go to Texas and foster revolution. Although he arrived in Texas as a private citizen, he soon became influential in forging independence. When it was clear that a Mexican army was coming soon, Houston began to raise and train an army, but insisted that a government be formed immediately. Then he proceeded to encourage withdrawal in the face of the great danger he foresaw. He wanted the Alamo blown up and destroyed, rather than defended. When others wanted him to send his fledgling force to rescue the Alamo, he had to withstand accusations of being a coward. He began a skillful retreat that lasted more than a month. Burning resources where they passed, the retreat spread the Mexican army's supply line and their forces. Always facing controversy, he was able to conserve his forces, and in a surprise attack, his army won an enormous victory. Capturing the infamous Mexican dictator, General Santa Anna, was critical in that having Santa Anna as a prisoner allowed Houston to have Santa Anna write documents that ordered two other Mexican armies out of Texas and declared Texas independent from Mexico. The war was over, but Houston had been wounded in battle. In a vengeful pique, the first President of the Republic, the very man who had opposed all of Houston's tactics, summarily relieved Houston of his command. This man even tried to prevent Houston's passage on a river boat that was to take him to a hospital. The Captain, however, commanded that Houston be allowed on board, and a chorus of soldiers backed him up. The Narration at the end of the movie told of Houston's life after independence had been won for Texas; his many terms of public service in the offices of President of the Republic of Texas, as a Senator in Washington for Texas, and then as Governor of the State of Texas. An ironic or perhaps bitter-sweet note ended the movie when the narrator told of how Houston was forced out of the office of Governor when the Civil War began because he refused to pledge allegiance to the Confederacy, and that when he died in 1863, (while the Civil War was still raging) he thought his whole life had been a failure.

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