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Patton -- A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight Academy Awards (Including Best Picture), Patton is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. George Patton was the only allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Charismatic and flamboyant, Patton designed his own uniforms, sported ivory-handled six-shooters, and believed he was a warrior in past lives. He out-maneuvered Rommel in Africa, and after D-Day led his troops in an unstoppable campaign across Europe.
Patton -- The World War II phase of the controversial American general's career is depicted.


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2 April 1970 (USA) See more »
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George C. Scott ... General George S. Patton Jr.

Karl Malden ... General Omar N. Bradley

Stephen Young ... Captain Chester B. Hansen

Michael Strong ... Brigadier General Hobart Carver
Carey Loftin ... General Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Albert Dumortier ... Moroccan Minister
Frank Latimore ... Lieutenant Colonel Henry Davenport

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

Bill Hickman ... General Patton's Driver
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 ... Air Vice-Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham
Richard Münch ... Colonel General Alfred Jodl (as Richard Muench)
Siegfried Rauch ... Captain Oskar Steiger

Michael Bates ... Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
Paul Stevens ... Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Codman
Gerald Flood ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder

Jack Gwillim ... General Sir Harold Alexander

Edward Binns ... Major General Walter Bedell Smith

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

John Doucette ... Major General Lucian K. Truscott

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

Brandon Brady ... Lieutenant Young (uncredited)

Charles Dennis ... Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Voice (voice) (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond Haired German Captain (uncredited)
Dolores Judson ... Knustford Welcome Club Dignitary (uncredited)
Billy Kearns ... Officer Callagher (uncredited)
Hellmut Lange ... Major Dorian von Haarenwege (uncredited)
Jacques Leclerc ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Harry Morgan ... Senator (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... Cynical Wounded Soldier (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 producer (as Don Bassman)
James Corcoran .... sound supervisor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recordist (as Ted Soderberg)
Murray Spivack .... sound re-recordist
Douglas O. Williams .... sound re-recordist (as Douglas Williams)
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... mechanical effects
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
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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172 min
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)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | 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 (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:PG (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The scene with Gen. Montgomery changing Patton's plans and substituting his own is true to life. Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery was egotistical, brusque and demanded everything be his way at all times.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Patton is directing traffic in the muddy field, one of the tanks that is coming toward the camera is driven by a man wearing civilian clothes and a beret.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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71 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Favorite war film . . ., 2 December 2003
Author: jaywolfenstien from USA

. . . and it's not even about the war. There's no wall to wall action. In fact, World War II is merely the setting – a backdrop so to speak – and the battles are all downplayed in favor of giving the audience a glimpse into the brilliance (or insanity) of the historically significant character, Patton. From the script on up, everything plays out wonderfully to bring the famous general to life on screen, and after watching George C. Scott deliver his Oscar-worthy performance, I find it hard to believe there were a number of actors on the list above his name.

George C. Scott's performance of Patton is one I consider the greatest given of any war film. Patton is a champion for freedom while sometimes equally as much of a tyrant as the ones he's trying to put down, he's a monster and a hero, and neither he nor the filmmakers give a damn about political correctness. I found the character to be an overly harsh prick, myself, but in some strange way, very likeable and sympathetic, and when watching the movie again I don't look at the screen and say, `Hey, there's George C. Scott.' Instead it's, `Hey, there's Patton.' Not very many film characters have a personality strong enough to overtake the actor playing them. I appreciate that depth and that degree of realism, this attention to detail on the parts of Scott and Schaffner.

Schaffner surprised me by somehow managing to capture my interest on a subject matter I'd ordinarily write off as too silly (Planet of the Apes); two years later, he applied that same technical know how, craft, and intelligent storytelling towards a film whose subject appeals to me from the get go, and once again I'm impressed. There are some great war films out today; however, Schaffner's take pursued the most unique perspective in all realms, and captured my imagination with such ease . . . I can't help but come back to it over other war films.

And I have to comment on the score, which is not only one of my favorite Goldsmith scores but also one of my favorite war-film scores. Jerry Goldsmith matched point for point the brilliance of Franklin Schaffner's vision, the depth of George C. Scott's performance, and somehow managed to captured the essence of both musically. A good music score is one that tells the story of the film in its own unique voice. Goldsmith's score has such a prominent voice in the experience of Patton, that to remove it would be the equivalent of removing Schaffner's direction or George C. Scott.

Lastly, how accurate is the film? Not a clue, and even if it is completely false, I don't care. I've never been about writing history papers based on cinema experiences. All I know for certain is that Patton is a very entertaining and well balanced movie that holds up very well thirty years later, and it's a film that can be admired for its craft.

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