Patton (1970)

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Patton (1970)
  • Time: 172 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History
  • Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young

Storyline:

“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.

One review

  • George Patton was a remarkable icon in American history. Patton the movie is what all war movies should strive to be. In a screenplay written by Francis For Coppola, the times of Patton during WWII

    George C. Scott performs one of the greatest leading roles of the 20th century in his portrayal of the controversial US general, in this film by Franklin Schaffner. Scott does a terrific job at showing how brash, ambitious, and rebellious Patton was as a leader. Patton’s character was often questioned, but he was a man of honor who took pride in serving in the US Army.

    As a war movie, the film holds up to today’s standards. There is plenty of action, and the fighting is intense, even though it remains PG-13 during the whole duration of the movie. The strongest point of the movie is that it depicts war as felt by generals and other leaders. It is the perfect example of young men dying for old men who give orders. Names are never mentioned for any non ranking officer, instead they are just shown as honorable sacrifices for the greater good of the world. Karl Malden delivers a fine supporting job as the level headed General Bradley, and Karl Vogler does an equally impressive job playing Patton’s respected nemesis Erwin Rommel.

    Patton is an extraordinary movie that is more than worthy of being the main source for a biography on the general. At times the general will make you angry, at other times he will make you laugh, but there is not a second that goes by that you don’t want to follow him into battle, and make the other bastard die for their country.

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