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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.
George S. Patton Jr.: "The above quotes are all erroneous, and grievously so, except for the very first!"
The story is about a hard nosed controversial general is shown in this WW 2 movie about how to win battles and look good doing it.
Movies back in the 70's was the dark age of films. Graphic, brutal, dark and took many chance's with it's shocking scenes that left many people cold and speechless. Until one late night when this movie came on TV and I only heard a couple of things about it but nothing much. So I was there acting all cocking thinking "Oh classic movie eh? well blow my mind classic movie", then I started to watch and…
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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…
With the film opening to a screen filled with the star spangled banner and one man, whose presence dominates the space and the rest of the auditorium he is addressing, barking bold, military rhetoric you instantly think this is a satire. Something in the mould of M.A.S.H. or Catch-22, which was released in the same year. Yet throughout, it manages to remain somewhere inbetween, believing its outlandish patriotic stance and seemingly mocking it.
That speech never happened of course, it was just a collection of statements made by the General pieced together into a longer monologue by Coppola. Immediately that opening scene tells us almost everything we need to know about this megalomaniac and his madman philosophy of war that…
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 obviously a powerhouse in this, and he paints a complex character of Patton. I like that film is focused on military officers - not politics and not the soldiers. Unfortunately, that allows the film to gloss over the tragedies and atrocities that the soldiers live through.
Found this one a bit of a letdown. It was hard to tell where Patton ended and George C. Scott started which I suppose is a plaudit but it all boils down to two-and-a-half hours of blustering, bullying bombast. I'm not sure if the film was meant to leave me thinking that Patton was a bit of a prick but it did.
Estás MU loco Patton!
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I really enjoyed this movie. Patton is a really complicated figure and this movie did a good job of showing the different sides of him. We get to see him being heroic and being domineering. But one thing that really comes across is how dedicated he was to producing successful soldiers and a successful army. It was also interesting to see the German point of view on Patton and how that influenced their tactics.
This was certainly a long movie, but it was entertaining enough that the plot flowed well.
Maybe I'm rating this too high, but everything about Patton worked for me. Scott's performance, the cinematography, the contradiction riddled main character, the surprisingly atmospheric score. It's a long film and there are a number of excellent battle scenes, but it's Coppola's dialog that I found most interesting.
Interesting for superficial reasons, such as its scale, the film is a limited success because of its glib script. One scene after another merely sets up a punch line before ending abruptly, and from this we're supposed to accumulate an ambiguous examination of a powerful figure? The film establishes that Patton was a man who was difficult to embrace wholeheartedly (duh...), but it doesn't do much beyond that, despite Scott's intensity. In his scenes with Karl Malden, he feels like more than a collection of extreme mannerisms, but since Malden's playing the only character that matters besides Patton, they're the exception to the rule.
Stealing the show doesn't even begin to describe George C. Scott's performance as George Patton, it's a landmark performance that deserves every ounce of praise thrown its way.
I think the rest of the film can be a little long in the tooth at times, but with such a remarkable performance at its core I can't give Patton anything but a strong recommendation.
This has some very impressive fighting scenes. Some incredible stunts where I wonder how people survived. There's one shot where a guy drives a jeep into a building which then explodes. There's also a scene where they toss some apparently freshly killed mules off of a bridge.
There are also many, many scenes of dialogue. Many scenes of dialogue that didn't do a whole lot for me. I get that Patton was a stubborn S.O.B. and that he was a student of medieval and ancient warfare. I get that he liked to visit wounded soldiers.
There are many, many reminders of these facts and as the film rolls down there are fewer scenes of warfare and many more scenes of dialogue between prominent members of the US high command.
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Patton: Rommel, you Magnificent Bastard, I read your book!
Stated to have been Richard Nixon’s favorite film, Patton (winner of seven Academy Awards) stars George C. Scott who masterfully plays the controversial General George S. Patton in all his flawed glory. Francis Ford Coppola wrote the film to appeal simultaneously to Patton’s fans and critics. Patton’s fans could see him as a master strategist and war hero, while Patton’s critics could see him as a bloodthirsty warmongering asshole who slapped a soldier with shellshock. The film opens with the now iconic scene of Patton’s speech to the 3rd Army set against the backdrop of a giant American Flag and 172 min. later closes…
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