A classic movie about an interesting man,
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This review is from: Patton (40th Anniversary Limited Edition) [Blu-ray Book] (Blu-ray)
George Patton was the scion of a wealthy family in California. He was an athlete and sailed his own boat to Hawaii in the 1930s to assume a command. He was a member of the US Olympic team in 1912, competing in the modern pentathlon. He served in World War I and his interest in armour began here with command of the US Tank Corps. The movie takes up his career when he was assigned to replace General Freydendall after the battle of Kasserine Pass in which green American troops were routed by the Germans under General Rommel. The movie is pretty accurate although Patton had a high pitched voice, unlike the growling baritone George C Scott adopted in the role. Having read a biography of General Marshall, I don't believe that Patton was as much at risk of being sent home as is depicted in the movie. Marshall and Eisenhower well well aware of Patton's strength as a troop commander. He, himself, recognized that he was no politician and was marginally suited for high command in which politics are as important as military genius.
The movie has established the reputation of Patton with the public, which has a probably hazy impression of Wold War II by now. It is well done and the Blue Ray version is a visual treat. Scott won an Academy Award for the role, which was well deserved. Karl Malden does well playing General Bradley and, as Bradley was technical advisor for the film, it is no surprise that he comes out of it as the wise adult to Patton's brash immaturity at times. Some of the scenes that appear exaggerated, such as the "weather prayer" and Patton's belief in reincarnation, are accurate and add to the man's reputation as an eccentric. The movie is excellent and holds up well after all these years.