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
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Col Charles R. Codman (Paul Stevens) wears pilot wings on his uniform because he had been a US Army Air Service bomber pilot in World War I. He remained in France and married a French woman after the war, then alternated between his family business in Massachusetts and a vineyard/winery he and his wife owned in France (hence his fluency in translating Patton's speech in French in Corsica to the US War Correspondents). He was in France when the Germans invaded in 1940 and he and his wife narrowly escaped when Germany and the USA declared war on each other; he immediately rejoined the US Army upon his return home. See more »
When first seen, Field Marshal Rommel is identified in the explanatory subtitles as the commander of the Afrika Korps. Erwin Rommel was, at that time, commander of Field Army Afrika, which was a higher level command that included the Afrika Korps as one of its units. 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.
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Opening credits prologue: KASSERINE PASS TUNISIA, 1943 See more »
The IMDb credits reflect those in a version of the film once broadcast by Cinemax and listed in the AFI Catalogue. Another version in letterbox format (once broadcast by AMC) omit and change some of the credits. Omitted are: credits for Alex Weldon, Joe Canutt and Pacific Title. Changed credits are all in the Sound Department, where Don J. Bassman, 'Theodore Soderberg', Murray Spivack and Douglas O. Williams are credited simply for 'sound." Whether this was a re-released version is uncertain. 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 »
George C Scott dominates this film in a memorable portrayal of US General Patton. Once in a lifetime can an actor get such an opportunity. Mr. Scott brings General Patton to life in a bravura performance.
FrankliN Schaffner was a fine Director and he guises the film brilliantly but it is George C Scott who gives one of the greatest male performances I have ever seen. As we all know, Mr. Scott refused the Oscar for which he so richly earned.
A fine supporting cast in this 20th Century Fox film which was a smash hit.
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