Patton (Blu-ray)

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The life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in this screen biography which focuses on Patton's controversial exploits during the Second World War, where he eventually gave up command of the Seventh Army after slapping a soldier and accusing him of being a coward - Patton was highly successful in his campaigns over North Africa, Sicily and parts of Europe. Scott won an Oscar for his performance but didn't accept it, and the film won a further six Academy Awards.

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Movies & TV
2 Jun 2014
Military & War
Region B
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162 min
Age Restriction
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Release Year
Running Time
172 min
Dramas / Biography / Action / Big Battles / Character Study / Classic / Epic / Essential Cinema / Heroes / Military / Recommended / Theatrical Release / True Story / War / World War II
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PATTON is a three-dimensional bronze bust of World War II field general George S. Patton (George C. Scott) who wrote poetry, fired pistols at strafing fighter planes, and loved America with a lofty and historical zeal. Tracing his personal rivalries with such generals as Rommel and Montgomery, his problematic treatment of his own men, and his nearly runaway contempt for diplomacy, the film triumphs as an enduring portrait of a complex and larger-than-life figure. PATTON was recipient of 10 Academy Award Nominations and winner of eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Scott, Best (Adapted) Screenplay--Francis Ford Coppola/Edmund H. North.
General Omar N. Bradley (played by Karl Malden in the film) wrote one the major sources for the screenplay, "A Soldier's Story," and served as senior military technical advisor for the film. Luis Martin Pozuelo served as Spanish military technical advisor. Paul D. Harkins and Glover S. Johns, Jr., also served as technical advisors.

Tim Considine, who appears as the soldier who gets slapped, played Fred MacMurray's oldest son Mike on the TV sitcom "My Three Sons" for five years.

Producer Frank McCarthy spent 20 years trying to interest someone in the Patton biography before Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck purchased it. McCarthy once described the first screenplay, written by Francis Ford Coppola, as "poetic, marvelous, and rather shapeless."

Schaffner won the 1970 Best Director Award from the Director's Guild of America. Scott won the 1970 Best Actor Award from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the national Society of Film Critics. National Board of Review also named "Patton" the Best Film of 1970.

There are two different laserdisc editions of "Patton." One is not letterboxed and was first released in 1981-1984. The other is a Special Wide Screen Edition, which is letterboxed, and was first released in 1989. The Special Widescreen Edition also includes an epilogue of Movietone News reports about Patton.

The film has 94 speaking parts.

Estimated budget $13 million.

Filmed over an 18-week period in Spain, England, Morocco, Greece, and Los Angeles. Filming completed May 31, 1969. Titles by Pacific Title. Color by DeLuxe. Filmed in 70mm Dimension 150, which produced a projected aspect ratio of 2.21:1.

Released in USA January 1970. Released on video May 25, 1989.

Rated BBFC A by the British Board of Film Censors.

The film was also known as "Patton: Lust for Glory," and "Patton: Salute to a Rebel."

In 1986, George C. Scott played Patton once again in the TV-movie, "The Last Days of Patton" which covers the period of Patton's life from the end of WWII to his death. The film also featured Eva Marie Saint, Richard Dysart, Murray Hamilton, Ed Lauter, and Kathryn Leigh Scott. Written by Williuam Luce from Ladislas Farago's book, "The Last Days of Patton." Directed by Delbert Mann. Running time for the video and originally aired version is 146 minutes, while some re-run versions may run 104 minutes.

Copyright 1989 The CBS/Fox Company
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Cast & Crew
Franklin J. Schaffner
Michael Bates / Edward Binns / Lawrence Dobkin / John Doucette / Karl Malden / Morgan Paull / George C. Scott / Michael Strong / Karl Michael Vogler / Stephen Young
Francis Ford Coppola / Edmund H. North
Source Writer
Omar N. Bradley / Author: Omar N. Bradley / Ladislas Farago / Author: Ladislas Farago
Jerry Goldsmith
Frank Caffey / Frank McCarthy
Director of Photography
Fred Koenekamp
Hugh S. Fowler
Production Designer
Urie McCleary
Art Director
Gil Parrondo
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...One of the best American movies....A great film....The opening shot is a stunner..."
Roger Ebert (3 Jul 2002, p.44)
Entertainment Weekly
"...[Scott's performance] is still the glue holding together this blunt study of war..." -- Rating: B
Roy Hemming (3 Jun 1994, p.64)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's certainly a great performance from Scott, a seamless, pity-free portrayal."
Nev Pierce (1 Jun 2006, p.132)
"[A] riveting portrayal of rampant egomania with Scott fully deserving of his best actor Oscar."
Simon Button (1 Aug 2001, p.140-1)
USA Today
"...[PATTON] still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance as George S. Patton..."
Mike Clark (5 Nov 1999, p.6E)


Academy Awards
Best Picture
Winner: 1970
Best Director
Winner: 1970 - Franklin J. Schaffner
Best Actor
Winner: 1970 - George C. Scott
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w or Color)
Winner: 1970
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w or Color)
Winner: 1970 - Urie McCleary
Best Film Editing
Winner: 1970
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: 1970 - Francis Ford Coppola
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: 1970 - Edmund H. North
Best Sound
Winner: 1970