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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Director:

Franklin J. Schaffner

Writers:

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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Trivia

The scene where Patton is on horseback during an interview with reporters is an homage to Patton's integral part in the saving of the famed Spanish Riding School and its entire herd of Lipizzaner and Arabian horses. While the herd was in danger from fleeing, and soon-to-be defeated, German forces, it was actually considered more important to save them from the encroaching Soviet Red Army. The fear was that these horses would be slaughtered for their meat as field rations, which would completely wipe out the entire breeding herd of the Spanish Riding School's Lipizzaners. This operation was itself the subject of a separate movie by Walt Disney, Miracle of the White Stallions (1963), in which Patton was played by John Larch.


Quotes

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.


Goofs

(at around 2h 20 mins) Bedell Smith's helmet is in front of him on the table. It has only 2 stars on it.


Crazy Credits

One of the very, very few Twentieth Century-Fox films in which that company's logo is not shown at all, beginning or end. The film simply begins with the opening speech, and the opening Fox logo is replaced with an in-credit text-only notice after the speech. However, recent television showings have added the logo (not on DVD prints), and the addition is obviously spliced in from another piece of film.


Alternate Versions

The IMDb credits reflect those in a version of the film once broadcast by Cinemax and listed in the AFI Catalogue. Another version in letterbox format (once broadcast by AMC) omit and change some of the credits. Omitted are: credits for Alex Weldon, Joe Canutt and Pacific Title. Changed credits are all in the Sound Department, where Don J. Bassman, 'Theodore Soderberg', Murray Spivack and Douglas O. Williams are credited simply for 'sound." Whether this was a re-released version is uncertain.


Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by
John Philip Sousa
Played by the 7th Army band when Patton greets Montgomery in Messina, to drown out Montgomery's bagpipes, and then by the British Auxiliary Territorial Service band at the dedication in Knutsford as Patton and his staff arrive.

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Genres

Biography | Drama | War

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