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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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Capt. Chester B. Hansen
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Gen. Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
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1st Lt. Alexander Stiller (as Patrick J. Zurica)
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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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Biography | Drama | War

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,700,000 (USA)
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The film's premier was held at West Point, George S. Patton's alma mater. George C. Scott and Karl Malden were among the luminaries in attendance. They had dinner in the Cadet Mess Hall with the Corps of Cadets prior to the premier. See more »

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When Patton tells Bradley he has been reprimanded, there are three flags at the same level, the 7th Army flag on the observer's left (the flag's right), the U.S. flag in the center, and then Patton's 3-star flag. The U.S. and 7th Army flags should be switched, putting the U.S. flag in the position of honor. 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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Opening credits prologue: KASSERINE PASS TUNISIA, 1943 See more »

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God Save the King!
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Scott Delivers Memorable Performance
14 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a long but interesting character study of a real-life person: General George S. Patton, who also was a real "character." Gen. Patton was one of the most famous military men of World War II, a super gung-ho leader who admittedly had an intense passion for battle.

How much of this story is fact and how much is fiction, I don't know. Knowing Hollywood and knowing when this was made - during the heyday of the anti-war (Vietnam) movement - I have my suspicions, but for the sake of the review, I will assume all of this is true.Whatever political bias a filmmaker might have, Patton made for a good movie subject anyway and the story is interesting all the way, thanks to the acting of George C. Scott, who was astounding as Patton and gives one of the more memorable performances ever by an actor.

Not only is Scott's acting superb, the widescreen photography is also good. Thank goodness DVDs came out so films like this could be seen in the aspect in which they were filmed. I can't imagine viewing this on formatted-to-TV images. I think much of this movie was filmed in Spain.

I think the filmmakers also did a nice job of not overdoing the action scenes. When overdone, violence can get boring. The explosions and machine-gun fire was realistic, especially for a film that is now 36 years old.

Going back to what's true and what isn't, if it was then Patton was a poor excuse for a Christian, which he claims to be here. For one thing, Christians don't believe in re-incarnation at Patton claims he did in the film. There are other comments, too, which shed a poor light on his "religion," something Hollywood loves to point out.

Nonetheless, if you enjoy character studies, this is one of the best. Patton's opening 6-minute speech before this huge American flag is a famous scene in movie history. That, and the rest of his performance and this movie in general, is one you won't forget.


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