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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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Strong Performances - George C. Scott
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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…
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.
Clint Eastwood and Jason Hall, take note. Francis Ford Coppola's script for PATTON neither deifies the outspoken, egotistical general nor underplays his heroism and tactical brilliance. He is unapologetic, yet undeniably charismatic and even romantic. He is a commanding leader, yet prone to public mishaps. What I'm saying is that there's some depth to this guy.
#89 on AFI's Top 100 Movies (1998). You can always judge a good movie on repeat watches when time seems to fly by faster. Film critic Roger Ebert once said that, "No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." Patton is one of those good movies that he refers to in the former. Upon multiple viewings, you're able to look past the plot of a famous World War II general and the superb, Oscar-winning acting performance of George C. Scott. You start to see the framing of a man, in his highest glory, most comfortable in the thicket of wartime and unsatisfied (if not, out of place) with peacetime. Taking in this film for another…
Patton and Lawrence of Arabia are not only my two favorite war movies, but two of my favorite movies ever. George C. Scott delivers an absolute tour de force performance as the legendary general.
George C. Scott is a magnificent bastard.
I'm a bit torn on my rating for this film, because on the one hand it's rare that a film can hold my attention for 3 hours, but on the other there was nothing that stood out as truly exceptional to me. It's a watchable biopic, with pretty standard-looking editing and cinematography. I never saw a shot that made me say, "wow, that's beautiful/interesting/different." I suppose a possible exception is the opening speech with Scott in front of a giant American Flag, but it didn't strike me THAT much.
Patton comes across as a jingoistic, bullying, self-aggrandizing jerk for most of the film...which, if nothing else, made it interesting. But it hardly made it inspiring or moving, which is what I think they were going for. More interesting was the stark change in attitudes about war between then and now...at least I hope they've changed.
Scott, as expected, steals the show.
"I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed"
George C Scott is wonderful as Patton. You respect, love and hate the man all at the same time. The opening speech is legendary. The sheer spectacle of all the armor, vehicles and planes used in the movie is awesome. Gathering and coordinating this movie must have been a nightmare but some of the distance shots overlooking battlefields is incredible.
Patton the movie is similar to Patton the man: direct, hard-assed, polished, smart and not for everyone... but a fucking winner.
Thus rounds out my (unintended) goal of seeing every Best Picture winner of the 1970s.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!