Patton (1970)


This biopic of lauded American general George S. Patton is an admirably warts and all depiction of one of the leading figures of the Second World War.

Through a commanding performance by George C. Scott, Patton is not only shown as a charismatic, supremely self-confident and wily military tactician, but also a judgemental, self-aggrandising, tactless and undiplomatic glory hound who was often more interested in a game of oneupmanship with his fellow allied commanders than beating the enemy or the welfare of his soldiers. It’s interesting how a lesson in humility brought out the best in the man and the way the conflict is shown from a tactical point of view rather than in the thick of the battle, which gives the story an almost “historical” feel.

The battle sequences have a really nice sense of realism and it is perfectly paced for its not inconsiderable length, making for a classic biopic-cum-war film that foregoes the usual Gung Ho heroics of the average war film for a more personal approach.



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