Patton

Patton

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Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Cast: Franklin J. Schaffner, George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates

     
 

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Now, the 7-time Academy-award-winning epic drama about legendary general George S. Patton is available in an exclusive Metalpak case. In this stirring portrait of an American original, the polarizing and uncompromising Patton (George C. Scott) rouses the troops to combat the advancing Nazi front in the Mediterranean and European theaters, paving the way for Allied… See more details below

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Now, the 7-time Academy-award-winning epic drama about legendary general George S. Patton is available in an exclusive Metalpak case. In this stirring portrait of an American original, the polarizing and uncompromising Patton (George C. Scott) rouses the troops to combat the advancing Nazi front in the Mediterranean and European theaters, paving the way for Allied victory in World War II. ~ Violet LeVoit

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
This superb biographical film won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Picture, with George C. Scott earning (but refusing) the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the flamboyant American general. Director Franklin J. Schaffner's epic conjures a larger-than-life Patton against a big-budget, wide-screen WWII backdrop, following him from his arrival in North Africa in 1943 to the days immediately following the German surrender in 1945. That the film examines a mere two years in Patton's life seems suitable for a man who declares at one point, "Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance." So Gen. George S. Patton's background, private life, and postwar career (which was cut short by an automobile accident) are of no interest. Instead, Patton portrays the man as a magnificent anachronism, an eternal warrior who lives only to fight. Scott's gravely voiced portrayal is the stuff of legend: Kicking off with the famous monologue delivered in front of a wall-sized American flag, Scott struts and bullies his way through the film with absolute conviction. Although Patton's vainglorious bloodlust is effectively contrasted with the down-to-earth decency of his friend and rival General Omar Bradley (Karl Malden), Patton does not try to conceal its deep affection and admiration for the eponymous hero. Indeed, the film seems at times a romantic celebration of war -- its gore-free battle scenes set against magnificent scenery to Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score. Yet the defense of the film rests in the observation that, for good or ill, this Patton is a true archetype, and his love of war is not merely an aberration but an expression of something deep within the human psyche. Ultimately, whether you admire or revile him, attention must be paid to a man like this, and Patton stands as one of Hollywood's most powerful depictions of the seemingly unquenchable thirst for the glory of battle.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Patton ranks as one of the screen's greatest biopics, much as George C. Scott's work in the title role is often considered one of the towering performances in screen history. Scott, and the film overall, benefit from an uncommonly intelligent script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, an odd yet fortuitous pairing of seemingly dissimilar writing styles. Despite a nearly three-hour running time, the film focuses on only a small portion of Patton's career, beginning with his North Africa campaign and continuing to the conclusion of World War II. There are only a few compromises with history -- for example, Patton wears the uniform of a four-star general, a higher rank than was appropriate, at the rousing speech to his troops that begins the movie. The scene, though, is taken almost word-for-word from a speech that Patton delivered on June 4, 1944. It's just one example of the verisimilitude that gives the film its superb texture. Patton also benefits from outstanding tech credits, particularly Fred Koenekamp's cinematography and Jerry Goldsmith's orchestral score. Overall, the film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Scott refused his award, which the Academy kept for him in case he later changed his mind. He didn't.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
UPC:
0024543234692
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:51:00
Sales rank:
55

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new introduction by Francis Ford Coppola; All-new audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola; "History Through the Lens: Patton - A Rebel Revisited" documentary; "Patton's Ghost Corps" all-new documentary; "The Making of Patton" documentary; Production still gallery accompanied by Jerry Goldsmith's complete music score ; Behind-the-scenes still gallery accompanied by audio essay on the historical Patton; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott George S. Patton, Jr.
Karl Malden Gen. Omar N. Bradley
Michael Bates Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
Karl Michael Vogler Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Edward Binns Major Gen. Walter Bedell Smith
Lawrence Dobkin Col. Gaston Bell
John Doucette Major Gen. Lucian K. Truscott
Siegfried Rauch Capt. Oskar Steiger
Tim Considine Soldier Who Gets Slapped
Peter Barkworth Col. John Welkin
Richard Münch Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl
Newsreels Actor
Lowell Thomas Narrator of Fox Movietone
Gerald Flood Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder
Stephen Young Capt. Chester B. Hansen
James Edwards Sgt. William George Meeks
Frank Latimore Lt. Col. Henry Davenport
Morgan Paull Capt. Richard N. Jenson
Paul Stevens Lt. Col. Charles R. Codman
Michael Strong Brig. Gen. Hobart Carver
John Barrie Air Vice-Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham
David Bauer Lt. Gen. Harry Buford
David Healy Clergyman
Bill Hickman Gen. Patton's Driver
Sandy Kevin Correspondent
Carey Loftin Gen. Bradley's Driver
Alan MacNaughton British Briefing Officer
Lionel Murton 3rd Army Chaplain
Clint Ritchie Tank Captain
Douglas Wilmer Maj. Gen. Francis de Guingand
Jack Gwyllim Harold Alexander
Harry Morgan Uncredited

Technical Credits
Franklin J. Schaffner Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Del Acevedo Makeup
Don Bassman Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Caffey Producer
Joe Canutt Stunts
Francis Ford Coppola Original Story,Screenwriter
James Corcoran Sound/Sound Designer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Eli Dunn Asst. Director
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Antonio Mateos Set Decoration/Design
Frank McCarthy Producer
Urie McCleary Art Director
Michael McLean Casting
Edmund H. North Original Story,Screenwriter
Gil Parrondo Production Designer
Murray Spivack Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre-Louis Thevenet Set Decoration/Design
Douglas O. Williams Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Patton, Disc 1
1. Stars and Stripes
2. Main Titles
3. Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, 1943
4. The Bible and Hollywood
5. In Like a Lion
6. The General Takes Charge
7. 2,000 Years Ago
8. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
9. Complete Air Supremacy
10. An Engraved Invitation
11. A Desperate Battle
12. A Sixteenth-Century Man
13. An Interesting Plan
14. The Algerian Lavatory
15. A Simple Old Soldier
16. Patton Takes Palermo
17. Doing the Impossible
18. Old Blood and Guts
19. To Shame a Coward
20. Taking Messina
21. An Iron Boot
22. Intermission
23. Vive la France
24. On Probation
25. "Our War Is Over"
26. Man Without an Army
27. Back in the Saddle
28. A Pain in the Neck
29. Out of Gas
30. The Heart of Germany
31. Bound for Bastogne
32. A Weather Prayer
33. The Pure Warrior
34. Victory
35. Q&A
36. All Glory Is Fleeting
37. End Titles
Disc #2 -- Patton, Disc 2
1. Main Titles
2. Labor of Love
3. A Different America
4. George C. Scott
5. Filming in Spain and Morocco
6. A Rich Military Tradition
7. Visible Personality
8. Family
9. A Cavalry Man
10. World War II
11. Defeat at Kasserine
12. The Battle of El 'Gitar
13. Depiction of Complexity
14. Generals of World War II
15. Creative License
16. A Great, but Flawed Man
17. French Invasion/Willy
18. The Third Army
19. Gathering of Allied Leaders
20. Waiting for Snow
21. The Omission of Hammelburg
22. Post-War
23. Enduring Images
24. An American Classic/End Titles

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