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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.
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Patton is an excellent film that captures the essence of the titular character. Let me just get this out of the way and say that, before seeing this, I didn't know who General Patton was and what he has achieved. I came into this film like an empty vessel and letting the film shape my perspective of the character and what I got was certainly satisfying.
The film shows us that Patton was a driven man; he wanted to be ranked up there along with the notable names in the history of war. It also shows us his life values and his expectations from his soldiers in order to win the…
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.
The opening monologue promises a character with striking visions, a movie out of the ordinary and something really special. Although Patton certainly was a man out of the ordinary, the film doesn't take any risks, and to me, it got "too ordinary" in some parts. Luckily there's more than enough brilliant dialogues and interesting battle scenes to keep me interested and invested in the story of both the war and the character.
The quality of the film is raised from "good" to "great" by Scott's performance alone. He's that good! Scott embraces his inscrutable character. This film doesn't dwell in the glory or horrors of war, instead it finds its glory and horror in its flawed, but charismatic protagonist, in all of his failures, weakness and accomplishments.
A fine biopic.
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…
Big time investment, limited return. Some good scenes, but overall, not enough to get me fired up.
Extraordinary Rorschach test of a biography, originally conceived and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, of the most controversial American general of the Second World War. Received quite differently by the generation of the men who had fought under him and that of their sons who were then being sent to Vietnam. Fascinating both as a film and as a document of its time for Hollywood and for the nation, putting a new spin on the classical storytelling of the "Gone With the Wind" variety and the spectacle of the war film and marrying it to a nuanced and ambivalent look at a national hero, as David Lean had a decade earlier with "Lawrence of Arabia." George C. Scott is mesmerizing…
Patton is perhaps overlong, but it remains an impressively crafted piece of work that is both a great biopic and an epic World War II film that has never ceased to fascinate audiences ever since its release in 1970. George C. Scott in his role as U.S. General George S. Patton gives one of the most brilliant screen performances of the '70s.
Very good WWII biopic featuring tons of fun one-liners, old men in great costumes, and a peppy score.
As a former enlisted soldier I was roused and pissed. I'm pretty sure that was Old Blood and Guts' intended effect.
George C. Scott performance is great, the flow of the movie is spot on, and everything else is so good you might even call it perfect. Patton is a movie that shows a general's determination to achieve glory in war.
Patton was a man who loved war. He saw it as a thing of honour to be able to fight for his country. More than that, he believed it to be his destiny and purpose to lead men throughout WW2. The war was a story to him that would be told throughout the ages and he wanted the leading role.
We never see anything of Patton's life before the war. Instead the story begins in the midst of the second world war when he is promoted to Lieutenant General, almost as if that is where his destiny begins. It follows all of his military exploits from that point. We see everything of his joys of controlling the realms of battle…
Well acted and directed, I think this escapes the mistakes of many bio-pics by focusing on one specific time in the life of its subject, rather than trying to tell their entire life story. Historically its perhaps gentler toward its subject than it needs to be, but as a story and a movie, its quite good.
A meat and potatoes kind of a movie, without a great deal of interiority, but stately and majestic in its way, and not infrequently quite stirring. The print I saw at the Music Box was easily the sumptuous 70mm I've ever seen. The colors had the rosy, vivid quality of incredibly well-preserved World War II-era Technicolor.
Plus a great fucking performance from old George C., but you probably knew that already.
Patton sets itself up to fail.
Starting with a great, imposing, image of the American flag, the audience is prepared for a social commentary on a national scale. What we get instead is a very nice looking, explanation of how cool George Patton is. The quality of performances and of technical direction gives a film a sense of grandeur that its first shot/scene promises, however its script loses sight of the stakes that the film should be based around. Patton is set up as the ultimate American figure, and the sense of a man who looks not so much at the people he is commanding, but what they represent, could interestingly subvert and comment upon that image. However, the film…
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