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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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Carey Loftin ...
Gen. Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
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Pat Zurica ...
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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2 April 1970 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

George S. Patton's famous opening speech is subtly implied to take place after the main body of the film. At the time of his speech, he was a full general (four stars), as evidenced by his helmet. When he first arrives in North Africa at the beginning of the film, he is just receiving his promotion to lieutenant general (three stars), which he remains until the celebration of Germany's surrender. Both Patton's promotion to four-star general and opening speech must have taken place between his relief of Bastogne and the celebration (the speech is motivational, and wouldn't be given after the war was already over). See more »

Goofs

Contrary to the way it's portrayed in the film, the controversy over George S. Patton's Knutsford speech was not over his having insulted the Russians (in fact, the Army quickly revised the initial transcript of his remarks to reflect that he had mentioned them). It had to do with his talk of "ruling the world" after the war - members of Congress said he had no business as a general commenting on post-war political affairs, while others objected to the notion of the US, Britain or anyone else "ruling the world." 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
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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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