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Patton

The life and accomplishments of the World War II General, George S. Patton (played by George C. Scott) are dramatized in this classic 1970 movie. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 172
Theater Release: 31 Dec 1969
Video Release: 05 Nov 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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In 1956, Francis Ford Coppola was tasked with writing a screenplay about the life of George S. Patton. But the project was later shelved and didn’t go into production until the late sixties. (Writer Edmund H. North was hired to polish Coppola’s script.) How did the delayed release of this movie (which was begun as the Americans were fighting the Korean War), that postponed its theatrical début until the height of the Vietnam War, effect the way is was received by the viewers? How might the politics of the times have influenced the way the writers constructed their scripts?

Francis Ford Coppola based his script on two biographies: Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and Omar Bradley‘s memoir A Soldier’s Story. (Omar Bradley is depicted in the movie by Karl Malden.)

To learn more about George S. Patton, click here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_S._Patton

The movie won seven Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Writing, Film Editing, Art Direction and Sound. George C. Scott, however, declined his Oscar for Best Actor. See why here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/obituaries/455563.stm

To learn more about the film Patton, click here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patton_(film)

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