Lengthy but stellar bio of the vain, temperamental American general who masterminded significant combat triumphs during WWII. "Old Blood and Guts," who considered himself an 18th-century commander living in the wrong era, produced victory after victory in North Africa and Europe, but not without a decided impact upon his troops. Scott is truly magnificent in the title role, and Malden shines in the supporting role of General Omar Bradley. Not a subtle film, but neither is its subject. Interesting match-up with the 1986 TV movie "The Last Days of Patton," also starring Scott.
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 171 minutes.
Oscars 1970: Actor (Scott), Art Dir./Set Dec., Director (Schaffner), Film Editing, Picture, Sound, Story & Screenplay; AFI 1998: Top 100; Directors Guild 1970: Director (Schaffner); Golden Globes 1971: Actor--Drama (Scott); Natl. Bd. of Review 1970: Actor (Scott), Natl. Film Reg. 2003;; N.Y. Film Critics 1970: Actor (Scott); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1970: Actor (Scott); Writers Guild 1970: Orig. Screenplay.
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