in about 100 words or less
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).