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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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Strong Performances - George C. Scott
Review In A Nutshell:
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…
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.
It's a fine piece of work centered on a pretty damn interesting character, and yet I'll be damned if this one wasn't easier to respect than enjoy.
The film of focuses its attention on General George Patton and his impact on the Allies pursuit and conquest in WWII. Whether you are of the opinion that Patton was a ruthless warrior living in the wrong time period or simply a war-crazed lunatic with little care for human life, there is very little doubt the man was interesting as fuck. The film in particular does a pretty good job of revealing unknown depth to this man. More of a character study than war film, the material here is concerned solely with providing…
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."
An absorbing 172 minute character study, 'Patton' is well acted and well written, hardly dull for a moment thanks to George C. Scott's flamboyant performance.
(I myself can't stand watching the film--Patton's self-obsession is utterly irritating and unmanly, even though it is accurate of who he was. However, I definitely respect the film's quality.)
George C. Scott's performance is exceptionally nuanced and captivating in this overlong and periodically engaging war film. [C+]
Everything you've heard about this movie is true.
It's well worth the 3 hours of your life you need to give to it.
A pantheon performance from Scott.
And it almost makes the folks drawn to battle and war and this very particular kind of greatness... relatable to me.
An incredible bio film on US General George S. Patton. Brilliantly portrayed by George C. Scott. An upclose portrait of the man during during his service in WWII from the Africa campaign to Bastogne. I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it.
Superb, complex portrait of General Patton who may have been his own worst enemy. Succeeds as character study with epic sweep. George C. Scott is unforgettable as Patton.
In short, this is a really strong film. George C. Scott gives a towering performance that's completely captivating all the way through and it's one of those pieces of acting that effectively blurs the line between seeing an actor deliver lines and seeing a character go about their business. Francis Ford Coppola's screenplay is also pretty interesting, grabbing you immediately with that famous opening monologue; the film is strongly written all around even if the story feels like it drags every now and then. Also, while Scott is fantastic, I'm not sure if the story managed to get me emotionally invested in many other aspects. In that respect, the tone of the film can sort of be seen as the reflection of General Patton's cold and strategizing nature, which is interesting, I guess. All around, though, Patton is an effective movie.
I remember this being such a powerful movie. Unfortunately, watching again as a much older (and cynical) viewer it lost something. Still a good film but much less impact. Sorry fans......
There's this really smart quote I love about John Ford's The Searchers:
"You have a movie which places the viewer in familiar ground...and then your expectations get undermined...you show the internal dynamic that created that [conflict between settlers and natives], and in so doing you create a - I don't even know what to call it - a kind of alienation from the myth. An awareness that John Wayne is a hero and that he isn't a hero. That his heroism is necessary and that his heroism isn't enough."
This is exactly how Francis Ford Coppola writes Patton. But George C. Scott uses the script's awareness of the mad dare of martial zeal to create an even bigger myth. Schaffner…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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