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George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates. One of the greatest but most complex military geniuses ever is depicted in Oscar-winning form by Scott who won and abruptly refused the coveted Best Actor Award for his extraordinary performance. DVD released 11/6/2001.
- Audio essay on the life of George Patton
- Theatrical trailer
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George Patton was a child of the 19th Century, born to great wealth, who put all that aside in order to devote his life to being a soldier, and he do so magnificently. He actually used a chunk of his personal fortune to buy spare parts for the new US Army Armored divisions between the wars, when there wasn't enough government funding to keep them going. Those who served under him were almost unanimous in their their admiration, and those who fought against him believed he was the greatest general the Allies had. Bradley, by comparison, was often characterized as overly cautious, relieving commanders who showed initiative, and refusing the the British offer of specialized tanks ("funnies") in the Normandy invasion. His public image was largely the product of the writing of Ernie Pyle, who took it upon himself to lionize Bradley. Unfortunately none of this comes across in the film.
And yet... I still think this is a five star film. It's so well made, so excellent in every way, that I think the question of historical accuracy can be disregarded when judging it. See it, and enjoy it, but don't come away thinking it's a true portrayal of the characters portrayed.