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Patton

3

Complex and riveting, like George C. Scott's central performance

When they say "They don't make 'em like this anymore”, they mean Patton: a WW2, Best Picture-winning epic with a cast the size of the Red Army and shot in glorious 65mm.

Given the eponymous US general’s larger-than-life rep, it’s only appropriate that Franklin J. Schaffner’s (Planet Of The Apes) biopic is mounted on such a lavish scale.

Meanwhile, George C. Scott’s performance more than matches the production: enigmatic, complex and riveting. 

Another treat is the under-the-radar revisionism of the script by Francis Ford Coppola (who supplies a chat-track) and Edmund North, who aren’t as impressed with the general as he is with himself.  

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