Patton, DVD movie starring George C. Scott
Five out of five stars
This is one of the best war movies of all time, about one of the best generals the United States ever produced. George Patton was a man that truly loved war and excelled at it and little else. He is the kind of man that nations need in time of war and then would rather toss aside when it is a time of peace.
George C. Scott excels in his role as George Patton, it is easy to see why he won an Academy Award for best actor. The movie is also a fairly accurate rendition of the career of Patton during the Second World War. He was foul-mouthed, hard-driving and prone to making very inappropriate statements about friend and foe alike.
Patton’s rivalry with General Bernard Montgomery is also described in this movie. Even though the Americans and British were very close allies in the war, men of colossal ego will always clash, even when it is a matter of life and death.
The opening of this movie, where Patton is giving a speech to his troops, is arguably the best opening of a movie ever filmed. This may also be the best war movie ever made, even though it is not really about war. It is about a man that loved war and would have hated the peace had he lived more than six months after the end of the war in Europe.
If there was ever a role that made an actor and that he was destined to fill, it is George C. Scott as General Patton.