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Patton (1970)



Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 1

George C. Scott's sympathetic, unflinching portrayal of the titular general in this sprawling epic is as definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics.


Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

George C. Scott's sympathetic, unflinching portrayal of the titular general in this sprawling epic is as definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics.



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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 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

Nov 2, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (1) | DVD (29)

George C. Scott's performance cannot be praised highly enough for capturing both the violence and the vulnerability of the Patton personality without degenerating either into vulgar caricature or cardboard sentimentality.

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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War is hell, and Patton is one hell of a war picture, perhaps one of the most remarkable of its type ever made.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Nixon's favorite movie, which proves he was blind to ambiguity as well as a few other things.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film lays bare the roots of Patton's lust for power in his willingess to sacrifice everything to his vaunting ego, a trait which is mirrored in George C Scott's superb performance.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's both fascinating and appalling the sort of extravagant technically superior spectacle that only a big Hollywood movie company could afford to make, and the story of a man about whom only the Establishment could become genuinely sentimental.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (17)
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Scott strikes an unforgettable figure.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Combining blimpish bluster with moments of monstrous ego and unexpected humanity, Scott makes this magnificent film unforgettable.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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Although I have sometimes complained about the length of movies, I wouldn't begrudge a single minute from Patton's nearly three hour running time.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
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It's certainly a great performance from Scott, a seamless, pity-free portrayal.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

George C. Scott's intuitive, powerhouse performance paints a complex picture of a steadfast soldier that believed firmly in reincarnation, colorful language, and the glories of war.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Scott is extraordinary -- intense, brazen, passionate.

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source:

A bio-epic on the order of Lawrence of Arabia, Patton is a smart, even-handed, fully realized historical film. [Blu-Ray]

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Superb telling of WWII General George Patton, brilliantly played by George C. Scott.

May 22, 2008

It's Scott's virtuoso performance that carries the film.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An absorbing, polished character study powered by an epic performance.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Scott is simply awesome as the one-of-a-kind General George Patton.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Scott appears not to act, but to fully inhabit his role, from his profanity spewing down to the swagger of his walk.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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George C. Scott is terrific as General George S. Patton in this blend of intersting biopic and bland war film.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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As written by Coppola and directed by Shaffner, Patton bears an ambiguous message, attempting to please right-wing and left-wing viewers, though George C. Scott's powerful performance rises above the film's politics.

July 25, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

George Patton was born (at least once) for these big-screen dimensions. By the end of the movie you may hate the half-crazed son of a b!tch, but you can't not admire him.

June 11, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

One of the best, if not the best, war film ever made

June 11, 2005

Features one of the most effective openings in the history of cinema.

January 29, 2004 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Patton

A truly unique War film and mysterious biopic. Patton himself is a character to be explored, concentrating on only his involvement in WW2 was a wise move. It can be seen as both pro-war and as patriotic propaganda and also as an anti-war piece. In the end I think it just points out the sad fact that war is always inevitable, whether we like it or not, some people have to fight and see no other way. You could analyse this film until the cows come home but what is undeniable is that is is beautifully filmed, the intro is one of the most striking and powerful in cinema and George C. Scott's performance is one of the all time greats.
December 17, 2013

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"Patton" is the largest, most focused, and clearly unapologetic biopic of a military man, ever. It just is, whether you want to argue the scale of the production, the unmatched performance from lead actor George C. Scott, or the stretched approach to the story of his years in the Second World War, this film is incomparable. It also looks at the ugly side of war, by way of approaching its lead subject without convention. Instead of the reproachful general of lore, Patton is shown as both a man of prestige and knowledge but also a man plagued by war and grit. The layered individual is very well portrayed as both a man who understands the finer aspects of intelligentsia, but is always looking for the next battle, or really victory, over the Germans. If this film had been made forty years earlier it would have heralded the man as an abject hero, but here he is criticized, ostracized, and broken down into little pieces. He gives a speech about camaraderie and heroism at the beginning of the film, but he also finds himself plagued by controversy at his tactics, at the meaning of bravery when it comes to the loss of human life. The years covered in this film primarily deal with Patton's time around the media and his misspoken words after his many victories. George C. Scott commands the screen as the general, and though he himself was unsure he was portraying the complex figure to his advantage, he came out with a thoughtful performance. Karl Malden, who is always the perfecting choice in any supporting role, works well as Patton's subordinate and later as his boss. Their familiarity towards one another creates an understanding ally for the pariah, but also he handles him, and keeps the blow-hard in check even when Eisenhower himself doesn't believe in Patton. It's disparagingly honest, and speaks with a spirited authority that only a military biopic can. Though there's less heroism and brass than there is raw courage, it delivers on its promise to be a commanding film.
October 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

An extraordinary depiction of General George Patton and his character, strategies, and flaws as a human being during the days of WWII. George C. Scott was born to play this role, and it is one of the most iconic portrayals in the history of film. It is a long, rich, rewarding journey detailing one of the most unique and fascinating members in the history of the US military. The writing is impeccable, the acting is phenomenal, and the way the story progresses feels effortless and you really start to believe you are watching a documentary on Patton just because of how well done this movie is. Not for everyone given its length, but definitely an important film that paints a vivid picture of the US military and the great leaders it continues to have over time.
June 26, 2013
Dan Schultz

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'Patton' is the successful film that it is because of George C. Scott's amazing performance as the violent and vulnerable general. The action pieces are well done, the script is witty and well paced, and the film is well shot. What makes 'Patton' stand out from other war movies though is Scott's command of both the screen and the role. From first shot to last, 'Patton' is one of the greatest war films you can experience.
February 12, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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    1. Major Gen. Lucian K. Truscott: I do this job because I was trained to do it... you do it because you love it!
    – Submitted by Michael S (2 months ago)
    1. George S. Patton Jr.: Come on Willy let's go for a walk.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (16 months ago)
    1. George S. Patton Jr.: When you put your hand, into a bunch of goo, that a moment before was your best friend's face... you'll know what to do.
    – Submitted by Logan D (19 months ago)
    1. George S. Patton Jr.: The above quotes are all erroneous, and grievously so, except for the very first!
    – Submitted by Rod P (22 months ago)
    1. George S. Patton Jr.: I know I'm a prima donna. I admit it. What I can't stand about Monty is, he won't admit it.
    – Submitted by Victor M (2 years ago)
    1. Uncredited: There he goes, old blood and guts.... his glory... our guts.
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
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