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.
1970 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w or Color) Winner
1970 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1970 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1970 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1970 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1970 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
1970 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
Franklin J. Schaffner - American director
George C. Scott - American Actor/Director
George Campbell Scott - American Actor/Director
Edward Binns - Amercian Character Actor
Ed Binns - Amercian Character Actor
John Doucette - Supporting Actor/"Patton"
Jerry Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald K. Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald Goldsmith - Film composer
Michael Hennagin - Film composer
Ladislas Farago - Author/ "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph"
Karl Malden - American Actor, ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), A STREETCAR NAMED
Malden Sekulovich - American Actor, ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), A STREETCAR NAMED
Lawrence Dobkin - Actor/"Patton"
Morgan Paull - Supporting Actor
Francis Ford Coppola - American Director, THE GODFATHER SAGA
Urie McCleary - Art Director
Michael Strong - Actor/"Patton"
Karl Michael Vogler - German Actor
Omar N. Bradley
Hugh S. Fowler - American Editor
Hugh Fowler - American Editor
Fred Koenekamp - American Director of Photography
Fred J. Koenekamp - American Director of Photography
Frank Caffey - Producer\"Patton"
Stephen Young - Actor/"Patton"
Edmund H. North
Michael Bates - British Actor
Gil Parrondo - Production Designer
Frank McCarthy - American Producer/General
An award-winning and highly praised biography of controversial World War II hero General George S. Patton. The film covers his wartime activities and accomplishments, beginning with his entry into the North African campaign and ending with his removal from command after his outspoken criticism of US post-war military strategy.
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
"...[Scott's performance] is still the glue holding together this blunt study of war..." -- Rating: B - 06/03/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.64
"...One of the best American movies....A great film....The opening shot is a stunner..." - 07/03/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.44
"...[PATTON] still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance as George S. Patton..." - 11/05/1999 USA Today, p.6E
"[A] riveting portrayal of rampant egomania with Scott fully deserving of his best actor Oscar." - 08/01/2001 Uncut, p.140-1
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's certainly a great performance from Scott, a seamless, pity-free portrayal." - 06/01/2006 Total Film, p.132