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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 controversial American general George S. Patton.

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Francis Ford Coppola (screen story and screenplay), Edmund H. North (screen story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 7 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Gen. Harry Buford
John Barrie ... Air Vice-Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham
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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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Trivia

For the snow scenes, the producers would schedule things so that they could be working in the studios in Seville and, if it would begin to snow at the shooting location in Segovia, they could drop what they were doing and head to the location. As snowy conditions were a key element in the Battle of the Bulge, this was an indispensable element. Among other things, the lack of snow was a major flaw in Battle of the Bulge (1965), which at best only showed nominal patches of fake snow. This, along with many other things, caused The Battle of the Bulge to be slammed by Eisenhower, Marshall, and other former major military figures. As for Patton, the producer and director made major efforts for realism and, in fact, there were no trick shots anywhere in the film, with everything we see on screen being what was captured by the lens. See more »

Goofs

When Patton talks with noncommissioned officers about Montgomery's campaign in Sicily, he has a magnifying glass in his left hand and a cup in his right. He sets down the magnifying glass to hold the cup with his left hand to put it on the table. In the next shot the cup is already on the table and he is holding the magnifying glass with the left hand. 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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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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.3 (2009) See more »

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The Washington Post
(1889) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played as the 7th Army parades through Palermo and Patton meets the Cardinal.
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Fascinating bio of hard-ass WWII general
26 February 2005 | by RNMortonSee all my reviews

Question: when is it okay for Hollywood to make up harmless anecdotes about a real-life subject? Answer: when you've got the character down so good you can say with assurance what he would have done given the chance. This is the movie bio to end all movie bios, a perennial on my all-time top ten list, with a career performance by Scott that defined Patton as much as Patton ever did. The film takes us from Africa through Sicily to the climatic run across France towards Germany, along the way exploring the general's complex and textured character. Picks and chooses among the real general's most notable moments, passing on his celebrated potty break on the crossing of the Rhine into Germany and his ill-fated attempt to relieve a POW camp. I suspect the portrayal is a tad overdone but forgivably so - Darren McGavin's later portrayal of Patton as a whiny weasel was much further from the mark. Supporting cast-mates Malden as Bradley and Bates as Mongomery are spot-on. I can't speak for you, but this movie is long and I'd still stick around to see more of George in action.


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Release Date:

2 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Salute to a Rebel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$61,749,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,749,765
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)| DTS 70 mm (70 mm re-release)

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2.20 : 1
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