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Patton (1970)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carey Loftin ...
General Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Albert Dumortier ...
Frank Latimore ...
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Pat Zurica ...
First Lieutenant Alexander Stiller (as Patrick J. Zurica)
James Edwards ...
Sergeant William George Meeks
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Colonel Gaston Bell
David Bauer ...
Lieutenant General Harry Buford
John Barrie ...


"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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Release Date:

2 April 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Patton - Rebell in Uniform  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Karl Malden was 15 years older than George C. Scott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton. See more »


The lieutenant colonel who briefs Patton on the situation in North Africa has his tie tucked into his shirt incorrectly. It should be tucked in between the second and third center buttons, not the third and fourth. See more »


[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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The Washington Post
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by three different bands during the film
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A film about the man not the war
20 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oliver Stone has said this film glorifies war, i disagree, what it does is show a man {Patton} who gloried in war, the war is shown through his perspective,and to Patton war is glorious and he revels in it.The performance of George c scott as Patton is brilliant, it shows a complex and demanding character riddled with contradictions ,who believes he was born to be a leader of men,the supporting cast is very good particularly karl Malden who plays general Bradley a calm experienced soldier with no dreams of glory, the perfect foil to the maverick Patton, the combat scenes are well shot and are never more than is necessary to support the narrative,the film rises above being very good to excellence due to George c Scotts intuitive grasp of the character.

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