I love it, God help me, I do love it. The opening speech he makes at the beginning of the film has become famous and iconic. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. God will not allow it to happen. We returned, and were warned to keep quiet about it. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do.
Performing brilliantly in Italy, Patton seriously jeopardizes his future with a single slap. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Now, there's one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home, and you may thank god for it. We're going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we're gonna go through him like crap through a goose. In a war where millions died horribly, he slapped a shell-shocked soldier and his career was derailed. Let the Hun do that.
. Scott is featured in the opening scene before the backdrop of a huge American flag. You know, by god, I actually pity those poor bastards we're goin' up against. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Early in the film, under surprise air attack by the Nazis, he stands in the middle of a street firing at them with the revolver. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed.
Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. The general had become convinced Hitler was making a secret visit to the front, and planned to capture him personally. All real Americans love the sting of battle. Now, some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you'll chicken out under fire. Promoted to Lieutenant General, Patton is sent to Sicily, where he engages in a personal war of egos with British Field Marshal Montgomery Michael Bates. In the closing days of the war, when Meyer was a Signal Corps cameraman near the German lines in France, he was routed from his bed in the middle of a night and ordered to join an unauthorized raid behind enemy lines to be led by Patton. Americans play to win all the time.
In his career he sought out challenges like the plays of Shakespeare, O'Neill and Miller, in the same way Patton hungered for battle. Franklin Schaffner 1920-1989 was a master of bold, uncluttered canvases. Omar Bradley , who has the film's only other significant leading role, quails at the risk of lives and equipment that Patton is willing to contemplate, because he does not quite see that for Patton his men and equipment are the limbs of his ego. He praises those who would fight, promising potential glory for his soldiers:. In this he was not unlike Churchill; both men used flamboyance, eccentricity and a gift for self-publicity as a way of inspiring their followers and perplexing the enemy.
Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled revolver. Like Patton, he was a man without a purpose when he was offstage. Now there's another thing I want you to remember. God help me, I do love it so. The story was based on two books: Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and A Soldier's Story by General Omar Bradley portrayed by Karl Malden. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. The Story A larger-than-life, egotistical, much-decorated Gen.
It is one of those sublime performances in which the personalities of the actor and the character are fulfilled in one another. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. Incensed by what he considers a slacker, Patton smacks the poor soldier and orders him to get well in a hurry. He seems to have no personal life. It is one of legendary actor Scott's most famous roles.
Its other three nominations were: Best Cinematography, Best Original Score Jerry Goldsmith , and Best Special Visual Effects. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. We're going to murder those lousy Hun bastards by the bushel. Scott gives a rousing and inspired speech to the troops in which he lays out his partriotic values and traditional American virtues. Although the role was offered to other actors who were bigger stars critic Tim Dirks lists , , , and , it is unimaginable without Scott.
I don't want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. Patton is portrayed as a prima donna and a hardened no-nonsense commander whose main objective is always to win - regardless of the cost which in these circumstances was mostly in the form of human lives. Patton again disturbs his superiors when he makes remarks about America and Britain ruling the world after the war. Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. Patton saw it the same way, and when he promises he will liberate Massine before Montgomery gets there, he is thinking in the first person. It was directed by Franklin J Schaffner.