The story of General George S. Patton, Jr. during World War II. His battlefield genius garners him fear and respect from the Germans, and resentment and misunderstanding from the Allies. A military historian and poet, he believes he was a warrior in many past lives, and that he is destined for something great during this life, but his stubbornness and controversial methods nearly prevent the fulfillment of that destiny. –IMDb
Born in Japan to American Protestant missionaries, director Franklin J. Schaffner first set foot on American soil at age five. After spending his childhood in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Schaffner studied pre-law at Franklin and Marshall College, then moved on to Columbia University’s law school. After World War II navy service, Schaffner decided to abandon law; virtually by a fluke, he received an assistant director’s job with the March of Time, a filmed news service. From there Schaffner went to CBS’ news, sports and public affairs department. Producer Worthington Miner took note of some of the documentaries Schaffner had assembled at CBS, and put the young director in charge of the fledgling TV network’s dramatic department. Among Schaffner’s TV directorial credits were such top-level anthologies as Studio One, Playhouse 90 and DuPont Show of the Month. Hollywood producer Jerry Wald was impressed by Schaffner’s TV output and hired the director to helm the 1963 film… read more
Embraces the cult while delving behind it. In Patton is a soldier priding himself on the discipline of warfare, with little time for PR; his hawkish character down to love of battle - not the carnage, but the brinkmanship fostering mutual respect with Rommel, thus being estranged from his own country while idolised by his foes. A magnificent anachronism; an ardent leader while a self-confessed prima donna; both love and hate of war. Scott’s pure charisma, with sound direction over the large-scale production, see an engrossing enactment.
This is a long but interesting character study of a real-life person: General George S. Patton, who also was a real “character.” Gen. Patton was one of the most famous military men of World War II… read review