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Patton Report

There have been many movies based on the lives of people made and unfortunately there are some that like to stretch the details too much. Luckily, “Patton” is not one of them. It accurately portrays the life of Patton during his command in World War Two from his time in Africa to the German Surrender. It shows his rough personality throughout the movie and proves to be quite entertaining.

The film, which came out in 1970 was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, produced by Frank McCarthy. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North and Francis Ford Coppola. Patton stared George C. Scott as General Patton and also had Karl Malden, Michael Bates, Karl Michael Vogler, Edward Binns, and Paul Stevens.

In 1971, with its accurate portrayal of General George S. Patton Jr. based on material from the books Patton: Ordeal and Triumph and A Soldier’s Story the motion picture “Patton” won eight Oscars. It received awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Production Design among others. Overall, the movie dominated at Oscar night. This is a movie that definitely deserves the awards it has received.

The movie starts with a famous speech given to the third army in 1944. It is a dramatic event which introduces you to General Patton’s personality and shows how he is as a leader. After that, it goes back a year earlier to North Africa, where Patton is given control of the US army in Tusnia after a brutal defeat at the battle of Kasserine. He then defeats Ewin Rommel and moves on to Italy. His troops move through Sicily, then Palermo and Eventually Messina. During this time, he is defying orders and racing the British commander Montgomery. This provides an interesting scene in which Montgomery arrives in Messina expecting to be the liberator of the city, only to find that Patton is already there. After an incident in which his personality gets him in trouble he is forced to sit out the Normandy invasion as a decoy. He is then given command of the Third Army and moves across Europe at an amazing speed, eventually defeating the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge. The movie then slows down and offers some insight into his personality as a person as he is relieved of command of the third army. It offers the prospect of how a true warrior like himself cannot live with out war. It then ends with him walking off into the distance.

The movie is fairly accurate in its historical detail. All the battles and basic information on what happened is true. It’s the perspective of his personality is what is truly significant. It accurately portrays his beliefs in reincarnation and his rough and rebellious attitude. The movie did bend some things though, for example his speech to the third army at the very beginning of the movie is not exactly the same thing as what General Patton said. But overall the movie is mostly accurate and provides to be educational and entertaining at the same time; a hard thing to do.

Overall, “Patton” proves to be entertaining and educational. It gives an inside look into the lives of one of World War Two’s most respected and important generals. It’s defiantly a must see movie and a true classic. I would suggest it to all people, not just war buffs.