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Patton (1970)

US 170m, Colour
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner; Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, Karl Michael Vogler

In the film’s opening monologue, and set against an enormous American flag, George C. Scott’s unforgettable performance has become synonymous with this now iconic image of General George S. Patton. The film is a widely acclaimed war biography about the controversial commander whose leadership of the U.S. Third Army resulted in the capture of more enemy soldiers and the liberation of more territory, faster than any other army in the recorded history of warfare. While the nature of Scott’s characterization of Patton as an arrogant, obsessive, overbearing and yet inspirational leader is debatable, the German leadership during WWII considered Patton as one of the most feared generals amongst the Allied Forces. There is also little doubt that Patton is the most entertaining biography of one of America’s most outspoken, daring and effective military leaders (Klaus Ming May 2011).

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2 comments on “Patton (1970)

  1. movie guy steve
    05/31/2011

    “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.”

    Is there a better opening six minutes?

  2. Klaus
    06/01/2011

    Probably not. George C. Scott will forever be remembered for that role.

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