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The Last Days of Patton (1986)

Following the close of World War II, General George S. Patton is seriously injured in a car accident and not expected to survive. "The Last Days of Patton" tells the story of these last few... See full summary »

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Delbert Mann
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... General George S. Patton Jr.
Richard Dysart ... Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Murray Hamilton ... Gen. Hobart 'Hap' Gay
Ed Lauter ... Dr. Lt.Col. Paul S. Hill
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Jean Gordon
Horst Janson ... Baron von Wangenheim
Daniel Benzali ... Col. Glen Spurling
Ron Berglas ... Young Patton
Don Fellows ... Lt.Gen. Walter Bedell Smith
Errol John ... Sgt. 1st Class George Meeks
Alan MacNaughtan ... Brigadier Hugh Cairns (as Alan MacNaughton)
Paul Maxwell ... Lt.Gen. Geoffrey Keyes
Lee Patterson ... Col. Paul Harkins
Shane Rimmer ... Dr. Col. Lawrence Ball
Eva Marie Saint ... Mrs. Beatrice Ayer Patton
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Storyline

Following the close of World War II, General George S. Patton is seriously injured in a car accident and not expected to survive. "The Last Days of Patton" tells the story of these last few months of the General's life and the Army Medical Corps efforts to save him. Intermixed with flashbacks, the film also shows Patton's earlier career as a fledging tank commander during the First World War. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Gen. Patton gives his farewell address to the 3rd Army most of the extras were actual USAF airmen from RAF Mildenhall. See more »

Goofs

Parts of the films were shot at Harlaxton Manor in Lincolnshire, UK, although since it is supposed to be in Bavaria, the Alps are shown in the background. In one scene, they failed to insert the Alps behind the manor house. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Hobart 'Hap' Gay: [to Patton about Bedell Smith] Watch out for Bedell... He's Ikes personal hatchet man.
General George S. Patton Jr.: A son-of-a-bitch is what he is.
[Patton chuckles]
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Connections

Follows Patton (1970) See more »

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Last part too long
5 October 2014 | by KakuekeSee all my reviews

It is OK that they made a sequel concerning Patton's life at the end of the war. Proud of his Anglo-Saxon heritage, he has some identification with the Germans for this reason and because he was strongly anti-communist. Whether he made some of the specific remarks he made here is open to question (it can more easily be proved that he said something than he did not say something, of course). In any event, it is historically true that he made an impolitic remark that, like his soldier-slapping, got him into trouble and transferred away from his military governor position.

But after he is seriously injured (spinal column and paralysis) in the auto accident, the movie drags on way too long, over an hour when he is in a hospital bed. There are reminisces from him and many parties, flashbacks, and many well wishers and helpers. The problem is that nothing really happens of significance, it is just a failed attempt at tear-jerking. Patton himself was fiery, so not a person who lends to easy identification with all the softness. For those worried about being bored, I would stay away or leave halfway through. Clearly, a maximum of 20 minutes was needed to cover this period and the director's insistence on doing much more wrecked the movie, in my book. Adding to the pre-injury time would have been a better decision.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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