After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
"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 <email@example.com>
Perhaps taking revenge on George S. Patton in fantasy, there was a war-time rumor about Patton visiting a hospital and chewing out one patient for not coming to attention. The patient replied: "Run along, asshole. I'm in the Merchant Marine." It's reported in Paul Fussell's book "Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War." See more »
After Gen Patton fires his pistol at the strafing German bombers, he tucks it into his belt even though he's wearing a shoulder holster for it. See more »
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.
See more »
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 »
The Italian version is approx. 20 minutes shorter and removes all scenes set in the German Military HQ and/or showing German officers: although the credits still include the names of German performers, like Karl Michael Vogler as Marshall Rommel, their characters never appear onscreen in the Italian release. See more »
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the 7th Army band when Patton greets Montgomery in Messina, to drown out Montgomery's bagpipes, and then by the British Auxiliary Territorial Service band at the dedication in Knutsford as Patton and his staff arrive. See more »
Patton is a great biographical account of one of WW2's most enigmatic Generals. Confirming the view that 60's and 70's war movies are better than modern incarnations. They were able to capture the atmosphere of war better back then..
This movie is free of the propaganda that is in many war movies that depict the Nazis as barbarians and the allies as liberators. Patton is correctly depicted as a man of the military. He even admits it during the movie unlike Montgomery,Bradley or Eisenhower who have different attitudes.
Patton is seen more like an officer of the Afrika Korp than an Allied General. This movie does a great job in being true to form in portraying him and showing the viewer the mind set of the General who is clearly not a fan of ceremonial military forces but a force that can repel attack and launch daring Napoleonic warfare against enemy forces.
This movie is well worth seeing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this