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Patton -- The World War II phase of the controversial American general's career is depicted.

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Writers:
Francis Ford Coppola (screen story and screenplay) and
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Release Date:
2 April 1970 (USA) See more »
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Direct from its sensational reserved seat engagement.
Plot:
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 7 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fascinating portrait of the Allies' greatest general See more (268 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George C. Scott ... Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

Karl Malden ... Gen. Omar N. Bradley

Stephen Young ... Capt. Chester B. Hansen

Michael Strong ... Brig. Gen. Hobart Carver
Carey Loftin ... Gen. Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Albert Dumortier ... Moroccan Minister
Frank Latimore ... Lt. Col. Henry Davenport

Morgan Paull ... Capt. Richard N. Jenson
Karl Michael Vogler ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Bill Hickman ... Gen. Patton's Driver
Pat Zurica ... 1st Lt. Alexander Stiller (as Patrick J. Zurica)
James Edwards ... Sgt. William George Meeks
Lawrence Dobkin ... Col. Gaston Bell
David Bauer ... Lt. Gen. Harry Buford

John Barrie ... Air Vice-Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham
Richard Münch ... Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl (as Richard Muench)
Siegfried Rauch ... Capt. Oskar Steiger

Michael Bates ... Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery

Paul Stevens ... Lt Col. Charles R. Codman
Gerald Flood ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder

Jack Gwillim ... Gen. Sir Harold Alexander

Edward Binns ... Maj. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith

Peter Barkworth ... Col. John Welkin
Lionel Murton ... Third Army Chaplain
David Healy ... Clergyman
Sandy McPeak ... Correspondent (as Sandy Kevin)
Douglas Wilmer ... Maj. Gen. Francis de Guingand

John Doucette ... Maj. Gen. Lucian K. Truscott

Tim Considine ... Soldier Who Gets Slapped
Abraxas Aaran ... Willy
Clint Ritchie ... Tank Captain
Alan MacNaughtan ... British Briefing Officer (as Alan MacNaughton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florencio Amarilla ... Soldier (uncredited)

Brandon Brady ... Lt. Young (uncredited)

Charles Dennis ... Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Dolores Judson ... Knutsford Welcome Club Dignitary (uncredited)
Billy Kearns ... Officer Callagher (uncredited)
Hellmut Lange ... Maj. Dorian von Haarenwege (uncredited)
Jacques Leclerc ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... Cynical Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
Dean Selmier ... Soldier Sleeping on the Floor (uncredited)

Lowell Thomas ... Himself - Movietone News Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Towb ... American GI Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner 
 
Writing credits
Francis Ford Coppola (screen story and screenplay) and
Edmund H. North (screen story and screenplay)

Ladislas Farago  based on factual material from Patton: Ordeal and Triumph and
Omar N. Bradley  based on factual material from: A Soldier's Story

Produced by
Frank Caffey .... associate producer
Frank McCarthy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography) (as Fred Koenekamp)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler  (as Hugh Fowler)
 
Casting by
Michael McLean (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Urie McCleary 
Gil Parrondo  (as Gil Parrando)
 
Set Decoration by
Antonio Mateos 
Pierre-Louis Thévenet  (as Pierre-Louis Thevenet)
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
 
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
Eduardo García Maroto .... unit production manager (as Eduardo G. Maroto)
Tadeo Villalba .... unit production manager
Francisco Ariza .... production manager (uncredited)
James Blakeley .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
José López Rodero .... assistant director (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Michael Moore)
Brian Bilgorri .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ray Corbett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
José Luis del Barco .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (uncredited)
Michael Pickwoad .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jack Senter .... assistant supervising art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound: production (as Don Bassman)
James Corcoran .... sound supervisor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound: rerecording (as Ted Soderberg)
Murray Spivack .... sound: rerecording
Douglas O. Williams .... sound: rerecording (as Douglas Williams)
Don Hall .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... mechanical effects
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Joe Canutt .... action coordinator
Budd Albright .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Stefano Capriati .... stunt double (uncredited)
James Edward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecilio Paniagua .... second unit cameraman
Clifford Stine .... second unit cameraman
Mike Benson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ramiro Sabell .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Nick Bolin .... musician: balalaika (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Buddy Collette .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Ramey Idriss .... musician: balalaika (uncredited)
Plas Johnson .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... music contractor (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Julio Sempere .... military vehicles coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Omar N. Bradley .... senior military advisor (as General of the Army Omar N. Bradley USA)
Paul D. Harkins .... technical advisor (as General Paul D. Harkins USA Ret.)
Glover S. Johns Jr. .... technical advisor (as Colonel Glover S. Johns Jr. USA Ret.)
Luis Martín Pozuelo .... military advisor: Spanish (as Lieutenant Colonel Luis Martín Pozuelo)
Richard Vetter .... process consultant
Carl Williams .... process consultant
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Julio Sempere .... army supervisor (uncredited)
Julio Sempere .... military equipment supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Patton: Lust for Glory" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (complete title)
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Runtime:
172 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm prints) | DTS 70 mm (70 mm re-release)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Netherlands:12 (1986) (TV rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (R-10) (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (re-rating) (2013) | UK:12 (video rating: additional material, audio commentary) (2013) | UK:PG (original video rating) (1987) (1994) | USA:GP (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #22107) | USA:M (1970) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The German planes are a Spanish version of the Heinkel He 111, built under license by CASA. These are the same planes featured in the film Battle of Britain (1969). Ironically, these Heinkels are powered by British-made Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the same engines that powered Spitfires and Hurricanes against the German Luftwaffe during World War II.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the first battle of the film, a high angle long-shot shows a German soldier following a tank who falls forward from the shock of an explosion that happens behind him. But he falls shortly before the blast.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
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153 out of 206 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating portrait of the Allies' greatest general, 8 September 1999
Author: Daniel R. Baker from United States

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of reading "The Patton Papers," a collection of Gen. Patton's diary entries and letters edited by Martin Blumenson. Having seen the movie, I think that no actor has ever better captured the spirit of a man better than George C. Scott, nor has any movie better portrayed that spirit than PATTON.

Patton was a man who lived for war. World War II was the high point and culmination of his life. He didn't fight for any principles, he didn't fight to defend freedom or democracy or any abstract idea; he fought because he loved fighting. In his diaries you can read of his fear of flunking out of West Point; the prospect terrified him because he was certain that he would never be good at anything except being a general or a leader of a country.

As a leader of men, he was exceptional. His speech at the beginning of the movie is vintage Patton, an almost exact reproduction of a speech Patton actually gave to Third Army. It's tough, and no-nonsense; Patton lets you know in no uncertain terms that he is here to win, to destroy the enemy, and by God you'd better be too. I don't know if Patton actually directed traffic on the roads as he is shown doing in the movie, but it was a very Pattonish thing to do. Patton did on at least one occasion get out of his staff car and join a squad of G.I.'s in heaving a vehicle out of the mud. Try to imagine Montgomery doing that; the very thought is hilarious!

Patton's character explains his treatment of his men. To those who had been wounded fighting for him he was always kind and considerate. But to those whose minds could not stand the horrible strain that war imposed on them, he was merciless; he could not comprehend the fact that other people didn't share his love of violence for violence' sake. PATTON shows this aspect of his character very well.

Karl Malden's Omar Bradley is shown in an almost father-like role; he sees and recognizes Patton's immense talents as a general, and uses them in spite of Patton's natural ability to antagonize everybody around him. Not shown in the movie is Patton's unloveable characteristic of turning on his subordinates once they surpassed him in their careers. Patton had nothing but good to say about Bradley, until Bradley was promoted over Patton's head, whereupon Patton savaged Bradley in his diary. Patton did the same to Eisenhower.

A general can have no higher compliment than the fear and respect of his adversaries, and as PATTON demonstrates, Patton was more feared by the Germans than any other Allied general, at least on the Western front. As one German officer observes all too prophetically, "the absence of war will destroy him [Patton]." And although mankind's single greatest stroke of good fortune in the 20th century was that Russia and America never came to blows, it is still hard not to feel sorry for Patton as he desperately seeks his superiors' approval to carry the war on eastward into the Soviet Union - anything, just to have a war to fight. Patton is like an addict to a destructive drug.

Hollywood has rarely given us such a textured and human portrait of a great man: cruel, often foolish in his relations with others, rude, and psychopathically attached to violence, but brave, dedicated, and loyal. Certainly those who, like myself, have Jewish blood, or who were otherwise marked for death by the Nazi state, all owe him a great debt of gratitude for his pivotal role in destroying that state. And yet, had he been born German, Patton would surely have fought just as devotedly for the Nazi side. I'm glad he wasn't.

Rating: **** out of ****.

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