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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... General George S. Patton Jr.
... General Omar N. Bradley
... Captain Chester B. Hansen
... Brigadier General Hobart Carver
... General Bradley's Driver (as Cary Loftin)
Albert Dumortier ... Moroccan Minister
... Lieutenant Colonel Henry Davenport
... Captain Richard N. Jenson
... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
... General Patton's Driver
... First Lieutenant Alexander Stiller (as Patrick J. Zurica)
... Sergeant William George Meeks
... Colonel Gaston Bell
... Lieutenant Gen. Harry Buford
... 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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A Salute to a Rebel  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$61,700,000
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Producer Frank McCarthy was a retired brigadier general who served on the staff of Gen. George C. Marshall during World War II; he worked for 20 years to make a film about George S. Patton. After winning the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1971, McCarthy donated his Oscar to the George C. Marshall Museum at Virginia Military Institute, where it is still on display. (Marshall and McCarthy were both VMI graduates, and George S. Patton had been a student there for one year, in 1903-04, before transferring to West Point.) See more »

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A Cadillac M37 self propelled gun is shown in use in North Africa. The M37 did not see service until the Korean War. 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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Opening credits prologue: KASSERINE PASS TUNISIA, 1943 See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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PATTON was truly a shock to the system when it was released. The United States was still in the thick of the Vietnam war, and the country was extremely polarized between the hawks and the doves. Then along comes Patton, with a portrayal of a rebellious General who was always being put in his place by the establishment - even though he was, of course, a major establishment figure (generals aren't usually the most liberal or progressive types). Eisenhower (unseen) and the media are portrayed as unsympathetic to the maverick Patton, who is so single-minded in his determination to defeat the Germans you have to root for him, despite his boorish behavior.

And that is why Patton works - you have an unambiguous war against and unambiguous evil - Nazi Germany. Whereas Vietnam might have been a tough conflict for even its supporters to explain, World War Two was quite simple - we were the good guys, and they WERE the bad guys. And so you COULD root for the US Army and Patton without feeling a tinge of guilt.

Also superb in the film is everyman Karl Malden as General Omar Bradley, providing the stable and workmanlike leader (and one who rises quicker in the ranks due to it) to Patton's egomaniac.

And Yes, George C. Scott delivers a career-defining performance that is one for the books. Could Brando or Telly Savalas have pulled off the role as well? I don't think so - it was just tailor made for Scott.


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