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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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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 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Although, in this movie, it would look like the accident that General Patton was in happened the day after his birthday (The soldiers in the truck are singing one of the tunes played at the generals birthday party), the accident happened on Decenber 8th...Almost a month after General Patton's birthday. See more »

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An army official tells the assembled reporters, "We've tried to accommodate the media." The term "media" to refer to journalists wasn't used before the 1960's. See more »

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General George S. Patton Jr.: There's never been a better chance of producing a war in Europe than we have right now... With the German troops I'm holding and my own men, I can push the Russians all the way back to Moscow.
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Character assassination
19 September 2005 | by djohnson-49See all my reviews

This movie is based on a book by the same name that was a blatant character assassination on Patton rushed out after the popularity of the original movie "Patton" threatened to resurrect Patton as an actual American folk-hero. The facts are that Patton was an extremely-successful WWII general who commanded the US Third Army during its famous attack across Europe into the heart of Germany to bring down Hitler's government. After the war ended, he remained in command of the 3rd Army for 5 months as it became an occupation force in the southern portion of Germany that it controlled. Patton began to be criticized during these initial months of the occupation by people seeking to punish all of former Nazis, which in the Germany of that time was roughly about 75 percent of the adults. Patton attempted to deal pragmatically with the situation as he found it by using some of these people to assist in getting essential transportation and infrastructure operating again, much as McArthur eventually did in Japan a few months later. Unfortunately, while Patton was an outstanding general and administrator, he was a poor politician and the long knives in Washington found him an easy target. Patton was removed as 3rd Army commander in October, 1945 for being too 'friendly' with the Germans and placed in command of a 'paper force' 15th Army. Two months later in December, 1945, Patton was in a very minor traffic accident in which he suffered a traumatic injury to his spinal cord that led to his death a few days later. Ironically, Patton's soft-handed approach to military administration in Germany was ultimately followed by his successors and directly led to the successful development of the powerful democratic government that exists today in Germany.

The 'Last Days of Patton' movie and book paint a picture of a brooding, dark figure based on undocumented, unreferenced, and unsubstantiated claims that appear to have been fabricated as a crude character assassination and are totally at odds with facts and published reminisces of people who knew and worked closely with Patton, particularly Eisenhower and Bradley. For further background, read 'The Eisenhower Diaries' by Dwight Eisenhower (who later became the 34th US President), 'A Soldier's Story' by Omar Bradley, and 'War as I Knew It' by George Patton. Patton was one of the last of the American leaders who acted based on their 'old-fashioned' beliefs in Duty, Honor, Principle, and Character rather than on the work of the assassins and spinmeisters who tend to predominate today.


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