Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 1970, 172 mins. 70mm. With George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Steven Young. George C. Scott’s enthralling performance as the brazen titular character is one of the most riveting depictions of a real-life army officer in film history, transforming George Smith Patton, Jr. into a household name and American hero. The film’s opening scene, Patton’s speech in front of an enormous American flag, was an instant classic, with the direction and cinematography emphasizing the intensity of Patton’s patriotism. Bolstered by a tight and pungent script by Francis Ford Coppola, Patton is considered to be one of the best war—and biographical–films of all time.
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