One of the greatest biopics ever made. George C. Scott don't need no fucking Oscar, he completely embodies the spirit of General George S. Patton and makes this one of the most entertaining and accurate war films of all time.
The crime of Patton is it turns into a rather dull film the longer it goes on. Like the man himself, the film has great pretentions to be something more, and like the man, it fails. George Scott does his best, but there is a whiff of the cartoon in his performance. The surrounding characters are forgettable and the sense of purpose gets lost in dull biographical details. But the attempt was made.
Coppola is no poet, but the screenplay is Shakespearean. Didactic, Dialectical, and Deadpan!! I do not think Scott resembles Patton, but who cares! There is no question this is an entertainment, but we still may mistake purely dramatic devices for historical people and events. The real Patton defied expectations, but the film "Patton" skillfully leads us into a glimpse of the real Patton.
Conveniently died in an accident once he started to speak the truth. How drôle. Oh, aside from the opening scene the films is of no consequence. Acceptable performance by George C Scott as memory serves.