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In 1943 North Africa, George Patton (George C. Scott) assumes command of (and instills some much-needed discipline in) the American forces. Engaged ...Show synopsisIn 1943 North Africa, George Patton (George C. Scott) assumes command of (and instills some much-needed discipline in) the American forces. Engaged in battle against Germany's Field Marshal Rommel (Karl Michael Vogler), Patton drives back "The Desert Fox" by using the German's own tactics. Promoted to Lieutenant General, Patton is sent to Sicily, where he engages in a personal war of egos with British Field Marshal Montgomery (Michael Bates). Performing brilliantly in Italy, Patton seriously jeopardizes his future with a single slap. While touring an Army hospital, the General comes across a GI (Tim Considine) suffering from nervous fatigue. Incensed by what he considers a slacker, Patton smacks the poor soldier and orders him to get well in a hurry. This incident results in his losing his command-and, by extension, missing out on D-Day. In his final campaign, Patton leads the US 3rd Army through Europe. Unabashedly flamboyant, Patton remains a valuable resource, but ultimately proves too much of a "loose cannon" in comparison to the more level-headed tactics of his old friend Omar Bradley (Karl Malden). Patton won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Scott, an award that he refused. ~ Hal Erickson, RoviHide synopsis
This has to be one of the best performances by George C. Scott in his whole professional career. He was very good in portraying General George S. Patton. I would recommend this movie to be in your permanant movie library. I give this movie a 5 star rating without any doubt.
The wartime career of one of the most controversial American commanders of World War II, Patton (George C.Scott) who forfeited command of the seventh army in Sicily after he had struck a soldier suffering from battle fatigue. Scott created history by being the first actor to refuse his Academy Award, one of seven which the movie won. Scott went on record denouncing the award as a farce and "self-serving meat parade". Needless to say his performance is EXCELLENT. Scott is an actor so totally immersed in his part that he makes you believe he is the man himself. The script was written by none other than Francis Ford Coppola with assistance from Edmund H.North. They won an Academy Award for best story and screenplay. Fred Koenekamp's cinematography is class and gives the film an epic quality, even though it's primarily a character study. Jerry Goldsmith's score is very STIRRING. There are no women in the movie and none are listed in the main credits. As a piece of fil-making it's hard to beat.