Patton is a 1970 film starring George C. Scott as famed U.S. Army General George S. Patton. The film co-stars Karl Malden, Michael Bates, Edward Binns, Karl Michael Volger, Paul Stevens, Stephen Young, Morgan Paull, Michael Strong and Laurence Dobkin. The film’s score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith and was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. The film is based on the book Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and Omar Bradley's memoir A Soldier's Story.
In 1943, General George S. Patton leads an attack against Erwin Rommel and the rest of the Nazis. After defeating the Nazis, he and his men head off to Sicily and fight off the Italians.
Why It Rocks
- The film was well written.
- George C. Scott’s portrayal of General Patton was well done.
- The WWII re-enactments are well done.
- The directing is awesome.
- Authentic costumes that bear actual resemblances to the real suits that were worn in WWII.
- Fine battle sequences.
- Unforgettable opening scene with Patton standing in front of the American flag and iconic opening speech.
- A lot of the tanks used in the film are anachronistic, as they were used only after the war ended. Some of these tanks, particularly the M47 and M48 tanks were, ironically enough, called "Patton" by the US military.
Patton currently holds a 95% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average critic score of 8.4/10 and a critic consensus that reads, “George C. Scott’s sympathetic, unflinching portrayal of the titular general in this sprawling epic is definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics." Film critic Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a four out of four stars and stated in his review "Scott’s theatricality is electrifying." The film was preserved in the National Film Registry in 2003.
Awards and nominations
The film won 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor and Director and was nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Cinematography, Visual Effects and Best Score. However, George C. Scott refused to accept his Oscar due to his protesting of the poor treatment of Native Americans.