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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…
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…
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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…
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…
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Can't quite decide whether it wants to be a gung-ho hagiography or a tell-all character study, and winds up veering back and forth between the two. First hour is mostly dull apart from the opening speech—I remembered "Rommel, you magnificent bastard! I read your book!" but had completely forgotten the lengthy, visually undistinguished battle that precedes that famous line—and the movie seems to regard Patton as a noble ass-kicking anachronism, the perfect warrior born in the wrong era. Just when I was about to fall asleep, however, he suddenly turns into a glory-obsessed tyrant willing to sacrifice men's lives to get his name in newspaper headlines, with George C. Scott modulating the performance into…
It's not about the battles, it's about the man who directed them. This movie is nearly 3 hours long, but it wisely spends its time squarely focused on the general. He starts as a larger than life figure, but is throughly examined throughout the movie. It shows what kind of man he was: religious, crass, proud, victorious, smart, and foolish. He makes one brilliant maneuver on the battlefield after another, while simultanioisly making one idiotic statement after another off the battlefield. This movie perfectly portrays how an individual can be fit for the job, but not always fit to lead. My complaints come from a less interesting first act and the long exposition.
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. - IMDB
For some reason I always thought that Francis Ford Coppola directed this film, and I literally only found out he just wrote it from the title cards at the start of the film. Damn.
Still, it's a great film and deserving of the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards. It really doesn't feel like it runs for 2 hours and 50 minutes. Most probably due to the jump in time from each station to each war. Nicely done.
George C. Scott is amazing and deserving of every praise that he has and will receive for his real as the controversial general. A worthy watch for any film buff or historian.
I feel guilty giving such an iconic movie such a low rating, but this just did not do it for me. The main reason is ththat length. Running just under three hours, the length seems a big over indulgent for a biopic. It drags. A lot. I did enjoy the honest portrayal of Patton (they weren't afraid to let some of his faults show, which makes the portrayal more realistic and easier to respect). The film is also shot beautifully so I liked that. The opening speech is the best part in my opinion. I really like how he looks against the flag. The Patton aesthetic.
From a perspective of 35 years later it is hard to tell if this was a piece to say Patton should of got more praise for preparing to tackle the Russians earlier than the rest of the US or that he was a complex character with his ups and downs. I'm missing the zeitgeist knowledge on how to interpret this film.
From a cinematic perspective, a complex character well portrayed as having the potential of both a hero and a villain.
There is something to be said for the era of epic filmmaking. The scope and scale of everything is pretty interesting to look back on. Patton was a goddamn psychopath, but a pretty interesting psychopath. I can see a lot of older guys being really into his whole world view. He, like much of the bad U.S. history doesn't give the Russians nearly enough credit for their part in beating the Germans in WWII.
Some elements of this film look a little cheap though. Probably the technical constraints of the time period. The makeup looks really bad now.
Patton is a film that, like many other biopics with titanic performances, is considered a far greater film than it actually is simply based on that performance.
So much has been written about George C. Scott's portrayal of the megalomaniac general George S. Patton, that there's little else that can be added to the mix. Scott is simply mesmerizing in the role, an unflinching portrayal of the man that rarely sugarcoats any of his perceived flaws. This is likely due, in part, to the script co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, who deftly walks a fine line between idealizing Patton and making him almost a parody of himself.
Outside of this performance, however, the film has little else of significance to…
A truly riveting and very uncompromising film about the life of General George S. Patton during his North African and European campaigns from 1943-1945 as it features a towering performance from George C. Scott.
Great casting with George C Scott. Its a fairly warts and all biopic of Patton's activities during the war. In comparison to modern war movies, this isn't the most realistic depiction. The movie is good however
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