Patton (1970)

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




  • George C. Scott and Paul Stevens in Patton (1970)
  • "Patton," George C. Scott on location during filming Aug. 8, 1969 / MPTV
  • "Patton" Goerge C. Scott 1970 / 20th
  • "Patton" George C. Scott
  • "Patton" George C. Scott
  • "Patton" George C. Scott

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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)

Did You Know?


Two soldiers identify Patton as "Old Blood and Guts", "Yeah, our blood, his guts." Colliers war correspondent Quentin Reynolds overheard that very exchange. He mentioned it in is memoir "By Quentin Reynolds", New York, McGraw Hill, 1963.


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.


During the discussion with the British Leadership prior to the invasion of Sicily (where Patton advocates his army land at Syracuse), Patton and his staff are wearing the shoulder patch of the I (1st) Armored CORPS (with Roman numeral I, NOT the 1st Armored DIVISION which has an Arabic numeral 1), which Patton commanded in the US and was redesignated the Western Task Force for the North African landings. The organization reverted briefly to its original designation and insignia of I Armored Corps during the period between the Battle of El Guettar and the invasion of Sicily when this scene takes place, with Patton resuming command and passing command of II Corps to General Bradley; I Armored Corps was then redesignated the 7th Army for the Sicily Campaign with II Corps being incorporated into it. Rather than being a goof, this a highly accurate attention to detail. (Also, Patton never replaced the original I Armored Corps patch from his sheepskin jacket as seen in later scenes during the Battle of the Bulge, probably because removal of the patch would have exposed the stitch holes and compromised the leather.)

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.


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Biography | Drama | War

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