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"Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and habit towards insubordination.
Way more epic than I had expected. George C. Scott is a monster. Fantastic performance. You get a great sense of time passing and things going on and the general flow of the war and the different people and their differing opinions and levels of influence. And so on.
And you get one of the greatest pieces of tank action ever.
George C. Scott is a monster, in this importnant and epic film. His portrayal of the titualr general is one for the ages. The film is brilliantly paced, and interesting throughout its lengthy runtime. While it shows its age in some spots, Patton is a film to be reckoned with, one of the best war films out there.
"You know, Dick, if I had my way, I'd meet Rommel face to face; him in his tank and me in mine. We'd meet out there somewhere... salute each other, maybe drink a toast, then we'd button up and do battle. The winner would decide the outcome of the entire war."
Just an absolutely brilliant film. I miss these big epic war films so much. The music was uplifting and inspiring the whole way through. The recreation of the war in the airplanes, the tanks, the infantry, the effects, and the location were all breathtaking in their execution. There was no obvious CGI or green screen effects which made the battlefields all the more believable. However the thing that made this film so great was George C. Scott in the title role. My god what a performance, one of the best I have ever seen. I loved how the film really took the time to delve into Patton as a man rather than focusing just on his accomplishments. I can't think…
For the first hour of this film, I was honestly bored rigid. I could not care less about General Patton, his army, or how much of an overbearing, arrogant, ruthless, warmongering nutcase he was. I really expected better from the screenplay written by Francis Ford Coppola directly before he started work on The Godfather. I looked at my clock, saw I still had another 110mins to go, and almost packed it in. It's only because I had heard it was good and so I'd put it on my "5 Films From Each Year of the Past 90 Years I Want To See" list that I stuck with it the whole way through.
I'm glad I did. It got a lot…
Living up both fully as an compelling, and an exciting war epic, Patton may hold one of cinema's greatest performances by George C. Scott as George Patton, who portrays both his sympathy, and faults to a near perfect degree.
And yes, i have been given a lot of high ratings to movies lately if you notice. Perhaps i just like to stay on an winning streak. Guess it's time to end it. At least it be on an high note with Patton.
The only modern Best Picture I hadn't seen.... pretty good but seems like kind of a step back for Oscar after Midnight Cowboy.
In the theatre of war, some actors shine brighter than others. I think both the creators of this movie - as well as Patton himself - knew this very well.
Superb acting from a glowing Scott doesnt help Patton from being.. just not my type of movie.
"What about your language general?"
"Well when I want it to stick, I give it to them loud and dirty. Then they'll remember it."
Does a good job of making a self proclaimed prima donna son of a bitch quite sympathetic. If I don't mention how good George C. Scott was here then I won't be allowed to speak about movies on the internet ever again.
I am a little bit disappointed with this one. It started out great. But then came the second act, and it lost a lot of its momentum. It made me realise how long this film really is. Frankly, I got a bit bored. It got better again though.
George C. Scott is great in his portrayal of the bat shit crazy General Patton. He was without a doubt the best thing about this film.
The production is also admirable. I suppose you can call it an epic. They don't make them like this anymore.
Warning: Slapping the emotionally disturbed (i.e., mentally unstable) may result in political suicide.
What makes this film so great is Scott's owning of the role of Patton. From the second World War, Patton is a name that comes so easily and this film proves why. A masterpiece.
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