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Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young
Patton ranked # 89 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Patton is a biographical film which tells the story of General George Patton's commands during World War II.
It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, and Michael Bates. It won seven Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. The opening monologue, delivered by Scott with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic image in film.
In 2003 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
At the end of the movie, Patton is nearly run over by an oxcart and says, "Imagine, after all I've been through, imagine me going out like that!". In December 1945, Patton was injured in a freak vehicle accident and died a few weeks later.
Scott's performance as Patton won him an Academy Award for Best Actor (which he famously refused, stating that the Oscars were "a meat parade"), and has been called "one of the great performances of all time".
The film won six additional Academy Awards, for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced.
It was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects and Best Music, Original Score.
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