Patton (2-DVD Special Edition)

Starring: George C. Scott Director: Franklin J. Schaffner  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Patton (2-DVD Special Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Introduction and Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Documentaries
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1970
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Mono - French, Spanish
    • Stereo 4.0 - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional

Disc 1: PATTON - Widescreen Version

  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.20
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Introduction: Francis Ford Coppola - Screenwriter
    • Audio Commentary: Francis Ford Coppola - Screenwriter
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Photo Galleries: Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery with Audio Essay on Historical Patton

Disc 2: PATTON - Bonus Material

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes: "The Making Of PATTON"
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Featurette:
      1. History Through the Lens: "Patton: A Rebel Revisited"
      2. Patton's Ghost Corps
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos: Production Stills with Jerry Goldsmith's Complete Musical Score

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Art Direction by
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Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Nobody ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
  - General George S. Patton (George C. Scott)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1970 - Best Actor: George C. Scott
Academy Awards 1970 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w or Color)
Academy Awards 1970 - Best Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Academy Awards 1970 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1970 - Best Original Screenplay: Edmund H. North & Francis Ford Coppola
Academy Awards 1970 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1970 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 06/03/1994
"...[Scott's performance] is still the glue holding together this blunt study of war..." -- Rating: B
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/03/2002
"...One of the best American movies....A great film....The opening shot is a stunner..."
USA Today - 11/05/1999
"...[PATTON] still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance as George S. Patton..."
Uncut - 08/01/2001
"[A] riveting portrayal of rampant egomania with Scott fully deserving of his best actor Oscar."
Total Film - 06/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's certainly a great performance from Scott, a seamless, pity-free portrayal."

Description by OLDIES.com:

This spectacular tribute to one of the most extraordinary figures of World War II, General George S. Patton Jr., won seven 1970 Academy Awards: Best Picture; Director (Franklin J. Schaffner); Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced; Sound; Film Editing; Art Direction-Set Decoration; and Best Actor for George C. Scott.

Scott's unflinching portrayal of the controversial military leader shows him as he was: beloved and despised, charismatic and confrontational. General Patton was a brilliant strategist, a pious man who swore up a storm - and his skills led the United States into the most famous and pivotal battles of the war in Europe.

Product Description:

PATTON is a three-dimensional bronze bust of World War II field general George S. Patton (George C. Scott) who wrote poetry, fired pistols at strafing fighter planes, and loved America with a lofty and historical zeal. Tracing his personal rivalries with such generals as Rommel and Montgomery, his problematic treatment of his own men, and his nearly runaway contempt for diplomacy, the film triumphs as an enduring portrait of a complex and larger-than-life figure. PATTON was recipient of 10 Academy Award Nominations and winner of eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Scott, Best (Adapted) Screenplay--Francis Ford Coppola/Edmund H. North.

Plot Synopsis:

An award-winning and highly praised biography of controversial World War II hero General George S. Patton. The film covers his wartime activities and accomplishments, beginning with his entry into the North African campaign and ending with his removal from command after his outspoken criticism of US post-war military strategy.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Big Battles | Character Study | Classic | Epic | Essential Cinema | Heroes | Military | Recommended | Theatrical Release | True Story | War | World War II

Production Notes:

  • General Omar N. Bradley (played by Karl Malden in the film) wrote one the major sources for the screenplay, "A Soldier's Story," and served as senior military technical advisor for the film. Luis Martin Pozuelo served as Spanish military technical advisor. Paul D. Harkins and Glover S. Johns, Jr., also served as technical advisors.
  • Tim Considine, who appears as the soldier who gets slapped, played Fred MacMurray's oldest son Mike on the TV sitcom "My Three Sons" for five years.
  • Producer Frank McCarthy spent 20 years trying to interest someone in the Patton biography before Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck purchased it. McCarthy once described the first screenplay, written by Francis Ford Coppola, as "poetic, marvelous, and rather shapeless."
  • Schaffner won the 1970 Best Director Award from the Director's Guild of America. Scott won the 1970 Best Actor Award from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the national Society of Film Critics. National Board of Review also named "Patton" the Best Film of 1970.
  • There are two different laserdisc editions of "Patton." One is not letterboxed and was first released in 1981-1984. The other is a Special Wide Screen Edition, which is letterboxed, and was first released in 1989. The Special Widescreen Edition also includes an epilogue of Movietone News reports about Patton.
  • The film has 94 speaking parts.
  • Estimated budget $13 million.
  • Filmed over an 18-week period in Spain, England, Morocco, Greece, and Los Angeles. Filming completed May 31, 1969. Titles by Pacific Title. Color by DeLuxe. Filmed in 70mm Dimension 150, which produced a projected aspect ratio of 2.21:1.
  • Released in USA January 1970. Released on video May 25, 1989.
  • Rated BBFC A by the British Board of Film Censors.
  • The film was also known as "Patton: Lust for Glory," and "Patton: Salute to a Rebel."
  • In 1986, George C. Scott played Patton once again in the TV-movie, "The Last Days of Patton" which covers the period of Patton's life from the end of WWII to his death. The film also featured Eva Marie Saint, Richard Dysart, Murray Hamilton, Ed Lauter, and Kathryn Leigh Scott. Written by Williuam Luce from Ladislas Farago's book, "The Last Days of Patton." Directed by Delbert Mann. Running time for the video and originally aired version is 146 minutes, while some re-run versions may run 104 minutes.
  • Copyright 1989 The CBS/Fox Company

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  • UPC: 024543234692
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