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Patton (1970)

GP | | Biography, Drama, War | 2 April 1970 (USA)
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

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Gen. Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
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"Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Direct from its sensational reserved seat engagement.

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Francis Ford Coppola says in the DVD commentary that he wrote a draft screenplay in 1966 and was fired from the film, in large part because Fox objected to opening the movie with Patton's speech. When the film finally went into production, Coppola's draft was dusted off and most of it used in the final film. See more »

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When Patton first arrives in France and is meeting with Gen. Bradley in the trailer, Patton states that Hitler's own people recently tried to kill him. (This is a reference to Claus von Stauffenberg's assassination attempt at the "Wolf's Lair," which took place on July 20, 1944.) However, in the following scene, Field Marshal Jodl contends to Rommel that the Normandy invasion is a feint and that the primary invasion will come at Calais. Yet by the time of von Stauffenberg's assassination attempt of Hitler, six weeks after D-Day, the German high command had long realized that Normandy indeed constituted the main invasion, so Jodl's comment is out of place, time-wise. See more »

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[first lines]
Patton: Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
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Crazy Credits

One of the very, very few Twentieth Century-Fox films in which that company's logo is not shown at all, beginning or end. The film simply begins with the opening speech, and the opening Fox logo is replaced with an in-credit text-only notice after the speech. However, recent television showings have added the logo (not on DVD prints), and the addition is obviously spliced in from another piece of film. See more »


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Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by three different bands during the film
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Fascinating bio of hard-ass WWII general
26 February 2005 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Question: when is it okay for Hollywood to make up harmless anecdotes about a real-life subject? Answer: when you've got the character down so good you can say with assurance what he would have done given the chance. This is the movie bio to end all movie bios, a perennial on my all-time top ten list, with a career performance by Scott that defined Patton as much as Patton ever did. The film takes us from Africa through Sicily to the climatic run across France towards Germany, along the way exploring the general's complex and textured character. Picks and chooses among the real general's most notable moments, passing on his celebrated potty break on the crossing of the Rhine into Germany and his ill-fated attempt to relieve a POW camp. I suspect the portrayal is a tad overdone but forgivably so - Darren McGavin's later portrayal of Patton as a whiny weasel was much further from the mark. Supporting cast-mates Malden as Bradley and Bates as Mongomery are spot-on. I can't speak for you, but this movie is long and I'd still stick around to see more of George in action.


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