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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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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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Murray Hamilton's final acting role. See more »

Goofs

The general celebrates his birthday, and it looks like the next day he has his accident. This is evidenced by the soldiers in the truck singing the tune that was played at the party, "Chicory Chick". General Patton's birthday was on November 11th, and the accident happened on December 8th. It couldn't have happened the way it was depicted in the movie. See more »

Quotes

General George S. Patton Jr.: [the General is paralyzed, and is talking to his doctors] If there's no doubt in your minds that I'll be paralyzed for the rest of my life, then let's cut out all of this crap right now and let me die.
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Follows Patton (1970) See more »

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It's no Patton (1970), but ...
20 November 2002 | by Bry-2See all my reviews

... but it isn't as bad as the other commentators might make you think.

Based on Ladislas Farago's followup to Patton: Ordeal and Triumph (one of the source materials for the original film), Last Days shows Patton on his deathbed, and intercuts flashbacks, mostly of his early life, his courtship of Bea Ayers, his days at the Point and before the first world war. (Patton's adventures on Pershing's 1916 Punitive Expedition to Mexico, and in World War I could make another great film, in the right hands.)

Eva Marie Saint plays Bea very well, and it's always nice to see a pair of contemporaries playing an aging couple, rather than allowing the casting to be dictated by "who's hot," and then relying on makeup to age them.

Overall, a good movie, although I'm tempted to agree that is was an unnecessarily long movie.


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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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