Patton (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Franklin J. Schaffner Starring: George C. Scott

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Winner of seven 1970 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for George C. Scott, Patton is a riveting portrayal of one of the twentieth century's greatest military geniuses. As rebellious as he was brilliant, George Patton (Scott) was the only general truly feared by the Nazis, yet his own volatile personality was the one enemy he could never defeat.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 207536571
UPC 024543519782
UPC 14 00024543519782
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 784
Big Battles
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
True Story
World War II
Editors Note
Note PATTON is a three-dimensional bronze bust of World War II field general George S. Patton (George C. Scott) who wrote poetry, fired pistols at strafing fighter planes, and loved America with a lofty and historical zeal. Tracing his personal rivalries with such generals as Rommel and Montgomery, his problematic treatment of his own men, and his nearly runaway contempt for diplomacy, the film triumphs as an enduring portrait of a complex and larger-than-life figure. PATTON was recipient of 10 Academy Award Nominations and winner of eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Scott, Best (Adapted) Screenplay--Francis Ford Coppola/Edmund H. North.
Plot Summary
Summary An award-winning and highly praised biography of controversial World War II hero General George S. Patton. The film covers his wartime activities and accomplishments, beginning with his entry into the North African campaign and ending with his removal from command after his outspoken criticism of US post-war military strategy.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Nobody ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." -- General George S. Patton (George C. Scott)
Entertainment Weekly "...[Scott's performance] is still the glue holding together this blunt study of war..." -- Rating: B 06/03/1994 p.64
Chicago Sun-Times "...One of the best American movies....A great film....The opening shot is a stunner..." 07/03/2002 p.44
USA Today "...[PATTON] still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance as George S. Patton..." 11/05/1999 p.6E
Uncut "[A] riveting portrayal of rampant egomania with Scott fully deserving of his best actor Oscar." 08/01/2001 p.140-1
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's certainly a great performance from Scott, a seamless, pity-free portrayal." 06/01/2006 p.132
Franklin J. Schaffner
George C. Scott
Cast & Crew
Edmund H. North - Screenplay
Francis Ford Coppola - Screenplay
Frank Caffey - Producer
Frank McCarthy - Producer
Franklin J. Schaffner - Director
Fred J. Koenekamp - Cinematographer
George C. Scott - Actor
Gil Parrondo - Art Director
Hugh S. Fowler - Editor
Jerry Goldsmith - Original Music By
Karl Malden - Actor
Ladislas Farago - Based On Book By
Michael Strong - Actor
Omar N. Bradley - Based On Book By
Stephen Young - Actor
Urie McCleary - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1970
Catalog ID 2251978
UPC 00024543519782
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 170 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.20:1
Winner (1971) Golden Globe, George C. Scott, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Oscar, George C. Scott, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Urie McCleary, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Franklin J. Schaffner, Best Director,Oscar, Hugh S. Fowler, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Frank McCarthy, Best Picture,Oscar, Douglas O. Williams, Don J. Bassman, Best Sound,Oscar, Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced
Nominee (1971) Golden Globe, Patton, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Fred J. Koenekamp, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Alex Weldon, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects,Oscar, Jerry Goldsmith, Best Music, Original Score
Oscar (1971) Frank McCarthy, Winner, Best Picture,Franklin J. Schaffner, Winner, Best Director,George C. Scott, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Urie McCleary et al., Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Golden Globe (1971) George C. Scott, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor,Patton, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With its larger-than-life, yet at the same time singularly human, portrayal of Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., Franklin Schaffner's picture is an example of filmmaking at its finest. From production design and battle choreography to simple one-on-one dramatic acting, Patton has it all. There is no scene in all one-hundred seventy minutes that doesn't work on some level...Those who have not seen Patton, or who have not watched the film carefully, might assume that this movie is about World War Two and one of its most celebrated generals. In fact, they would be only partially correct. What Patton sets out to do is to demythicize its subject and show the forces that drove this man...Brilliant tactician, merciless disciplinarian, tireless fighter, prima donna, and staunch patriot - Patton was all of these things and more. Life for him was the battlefield, and without war, his spirit was sapped. The German military recognized this when they noted that Berlin's fall would finish him. Patton was an anachronism - a man who belonged in another time. He was a warrior living in a time when victory in battle no longer meant the triumph it once had, a Roman conqueror who understood the meaning of the words that "all glory is fleeting." Above all, however, he was an icon whom millions cheered, millions hated, and few understood.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Patton" is not a war film so much as the story of a personality who has found the right role to play. Scott's theatricality is electrifying. As Patton he always stands up in his Jeep, loves making speeches, grandstands, plunges into the action to personally goad his men, even directs traffic. There is a touch of the manic about him. He seems to have no personal life...Franklin Schaffner (1920-1989) was a master of bold, uncluttered canvases. After a start directing live television in the 1950s, he made dramas (including "The Best Man," one of the best Hollywood films about politics) before finding his natural footing with epics such as "The War Lord" (1965), "Planet of the Apes" (1968) and, after "Patton," "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971) and "Papillon" (1973). His "Patton" is one of the most uncluttered of war movies, devoid of side plots, colorful supporting characters and "human interest." There are no individual soldiers whose adventures we follow, and the battle scenes are seen in long shot, not personalized; they have the sweep of Victorian canvases instead of the hand-to-hand intimacy of "Platoon," "Saving Private Ryan" or "We Were Soldiers." Even the Bradley character has no purpose other than to admonish, support and puzzle over Patton--to stand there and look at him. The movie sees the war as Patton saw it, as Patton's story.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Scott,George C.
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...[an] intelligently written, finely wrought biographical war drama.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...spellbinding acting...epic imagery...[a] highly intelligent script...[and] lucid, perfectly controlled direction.
Mike Clark, USA Today Still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance.
The Wall Street Journal One of the most superlative American films.
TV Guide ...a war movie of unusual depth and a landmark in screen biographies.
Variety War is hell, and Patton is one hell of a war picture, perhaps one of the most remarkable of its type ever made.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Scott is truly magnificent in the title role, and Malden shines in the supporting role of General Omar Bradley.

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