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.