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Posted on 1/25/13 06:39 PM
A great, but very slow paced drama about a dying legend, this film is the exact opposite of the epic war film "Patton". The entire film is either General Patton lying in bed or flashbacks to his youth.
The director did many films for Hollywood and television. His memorable movies include Best Picture "Marty" and "Dear Heart".
"December 9, 1945 (a day before he was to transfer back to the United States), Patton is involved in an automobile accident that seriously injures his spinal column, paralyzing him. As he lies in his hospital bed, he flashes back to earlier pivotal moments in his life...."---wikipedia
Were it not for legend actor George C. Scott, this television drama would have been dead on arrival itself. But for fans of Scott its a real treat to see an actor use only his face to act. He cannot move from his bed as he is nearly all paralyzed.
Suggested for mature audiences only. Action fans need not watch as comedy fans need not watch. This is very serious subject matter which can only be watched in a contemplative mood.
George C. Scott as General George S. Patton
Eva Marie Saint as Beatrice Patton
Murray Hamilton as Brigadier General "Hap" Gay
Ed Lauter as Dr. Lt. Col. Paul Hill
Richard Dysart as General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Jean Gordon, Patton's niece
Ron Berglas as Young George S. Patton
Horst Janson as Baron von Wangenheim
Daniel Benzali as Col. Glen Spurling
Don Fellows as Lt. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith
Errol John as Sgt. 1st Class George Meeks
Alan MacNaughton as Brigadier Hugh Cairns
Paul Maxwell as Lt. Gen. Geoffrey Keyes
Lee Patterson as Col. Paul Harkins
Shane Rimmer as Dr. Col. Lawrence Ball
Directed by Delbert Mann
Produced by Alfred R. Kelman
William F. Storke
Written by William Luce
based on the book by Ladislas Farago
Music by Allyn Ferguson
Cinematography Dennis C. Lewiston
Country United States
Original channel CBS television
Release date September 14, 1986
Running time 146 minutes