Patton (1970)
Front Cover Actor
Michael Bates Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
Edward Binns Major Gen. Walter Bedell Smith
George C. Scott George S. Patton, Jr.
Tim Considine Soldier Who Gets Slapped
Lawrence Dobkin Col. Gaston Bell
John Doucette Major Gen. Lucian K. Truscott
Karl Malden Gen. Omar N. Bradley
Karl Michael Vogler Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Siegfried Rauch Capt. Oskar Steiger
Michael Strong Brig. Gen. Hobart Carver
Movie Details
Genre War
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Language English
Running Time 171 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
As General George Patton, George C. Scott may have been decked out with a phony nose, but this is the only false element in his flawless performance. In 1943 North Africa, Patton assumes command of (and instills some much-needed discipline in) the American forces. Engaged in battle against Germany's Field Marshal Rommel (Karl Michael Vogler), Patton drives back "The Desert Fox" by using the German's own tactics. Promoted to Lieutenant General, Patton is sent to Sicily, where he engages in a personal war of egos with British Field Marshal Montgomery (Michael Bates). Performing brilliantly in Italy, Patton seriously jeopardizes his future with a single slap. While touring an Army hospital, the General comes across a GI (Tim Considine) suffering from nervous fatigue. Incensed by what he considers a slacker, Patton smacks the poor soldier and orders him to get well in a hurry. This incident results in his losing his command-and, by extension, missing out on D-Day. In his final campaign, Patton leads the US 3rd Army through Europe. Unabashedly flamboyant, Patton remains a valuable resource, but ultimately proves too much of a "loose cannon" in comparison to the more level-headed tactics of his old friend Omar Bradley (Karl Malden). Patton won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Scott, an award that he refused. — Hal Erickson
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Format DVD
Region Region 1
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