Patton (1970)

on April 02, 1970 by BOXOFFICE Staff
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   Despite current semantic quibbling among antiwar protestors over "hero" and "war hero" in particular, General George S. Patton Jr. fits the category lock, stock and ivory-handled pistol. In the "Middle America" sense, and, indeed, in a historic sense, Patton was a true American hero of World War II. In creating a film biography of the famous tank commander, 20th Century Fox has produced one of the best of the genre; it holds up well as both historical record and fine entertainment. George C. Scott portrays Patton skillfully and unforgettably, giving one of his best performances; irascible and violent, flamboyant and profane. Colorful and outspoken, Patton is presented on a Dimension 150 and De Luxe Color screen in all his own glory following his military campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and across France and Germany. The character of the man Patton pervades all, and, in the workman-like direction by Franklin Schaffner, the storyline and the selling ("A Salute to a Rebel"), Fox has wisely stressed the person over the grand scale of war. Yet the conventional battle scenes are there, nicely executed on the wide screen and beautifully photographed (in Spain, for the most part). Production values throughout are excellent. 20th Century Fox. 170 min. Starring George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong and Bill Hickman
Tags: tarring George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong, Bill Hickman, direction by Franklin Schaffner, 20th Century Fox, biography
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