Patton (1970)

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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.


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  • George C. Scott and Paul Stevens in Patton (1970)
  • "Patton" George C. Scott
  • "Patton," George C. Scott on location during filming Aug. 8, 1969 / MPTV
  • Douglas Wilmer in Patton (1970)

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Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Franklin J. Schaffner


Francis Ford Coppola (screen story and screenplay), Edmund H. North (screen story and screenplay), Ladislas Farago (based on factual material from Patton: Ordeal and Triumph), Omar N. Bradley (based on factual material from: A Soldier's Story)

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Col Charles R. Codman (Paul Stevens) wears pilot wings on his uniform because he had been a US Army Air Service bomber pilot in World War I. He remained in France and married a French woman after the war, then alternated between his family business in ... ...


Patton: Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.


When Patton meets Air Vice Marshal Coningham and gets told he will see no more German planes immediately before two German planes attack the town didn't happen. Or rather, a plane did attack, but during a meeting between George S. Patton and the American air force General Spaatz and the British Air Marshal Tedder. No one was hurt in this strafing run - far from the devastation depicted in the film. The meeting followed a report made by Patton that American ground forces had been "continuously bombed all morning" - which Spaatz and others had found to be inaccurate. Also, Coningham is depicted as a plummy upper-class Brit, but he was actually born in Australia and raised in New Zealand. Far from being ineffective, the doctrine of tactical air power that he pioneered during this campaign was actually taken up and followed by the American air forces. See Stephen Budiansky: 'Air Power' (Viking, 2003)

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: KASSERINE PASS TUNISIA, 1943


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Biography | Drama | War


Release Date:

2 April 1970


English, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Italian

Country of Origin


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$61,700,000 (USA)

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