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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 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, Rovi

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George C. Scott
as Gen. George S. Patton
Karl Malden
as Bradley
Michael Bates
as Montgomery
Lawrence Dobkin
as Col. Gaston Bell
John Doucette
as Maj. Gen. Lucian K. Truscott
James Edwards
as Sgt. William George Meeks
Frank Latimore
as Lt. Col. Henry Davenport
Richard Münch
as Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl
Siegfried Rauch
as Capt. Oskar Steiger
Peter Barkworth
as Col. John Welkin
John Barrie
as Air Vice-Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham
David Bauer
as Lt. Gen. Harry Buford
Tim Considine
as Slapped Soldier
Gerald Flood
as Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder
Jack Gwillim
as Gen. Sir Harold Alexander
David Healy
as Clergyman
Bill Hickman
as Gen. Patton's Driver
Carey Loftin
as Gen. Bradley's Driver
Lionel Murton
as 3rd Army Chaplain
Sandy Kevin
as Correspondent
Douglas Wilmer
as Maj. Gen. Francis de Guingand
Patrick J. Zurica
as 1st Lt. Alexander Stiller
Lowell Thomas
as Newsreel Narrator
Alan MacNaughtan
as British Briefing Officer
Clint Ritchie
as Tank Captain
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Critic Reviews for Patton

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (10)

  • I'd like to pin four stars on each shoulder of George C. Scott for his perspective characterization of the military genius, the controversial man.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's vision blurs the man and, incidentally, the just war around him.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • War is hell, and Patton is one hell of a war picture, perhaps one of the most remarkable of its type ever made.

    Feb 19, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Nixon's favorite movie, which proves he was blind to ambiguity as well as a few other things.

    Dec 13, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Phil Hardy

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Patton

  • Nov 19, 2014
    George C. Scott stars in the powerful and introspective WWII biopic Patton. Co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, the story follows the exploits of Gen. George S. Patton, from his desert fighting with Rommel in North Africa to his unstoppable march across the European continent with the Third Army. Scott gives a career performance, bringing real depth and complexity to Patton. And, composer Jerry Goldsmith does an extraordinary job at creating an iconic score that embodies the triumph and passion of the warrior spirit. A sweeping historical epic, Patton presents a fascinating look at one of the most accomplished generals in American history.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2014
    The film is mostly remembered for Scott's outstanding performance, and while I understand that, it would be unfair to not recognize the brilliant screenplay and Schaffner's direction as well. The film never looses focus and justifies it's extensive running time by seriously examining Patton's character and his actions during the war.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2014
    George C. Scott is outstanding as Patton. In comparison to the cuddly Eisenhower, Patton was the ruthless driver of his men and was determined to quickly win the war in Europe. The Scott monologue to commence the film is the stuff of legends as is the rest of the performance.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2013
    '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.
    Kase V Super Reviewer

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