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Patton on TCM

According to Ben Mankiewicz the opening scene of George C Scott in front of the giant American fl was meant fo after the intermission but producers wanted it at the beginning to set the tone of the film.

by Anonymousreply 13March 28, 2023 7:22 AM

My dad LOVED this film and bought an LP of the sound track. My brother and I would play it over and over, and memorized the opening speech to his troops, complete with all the profanity.

Good times.

by Anonymousreply 1March 26, 2023 12:21 AM

Op- I think I read that GCS was tricked. He did not want that as the opening sequence, it was filmed with GCS thinking it would appear later in the movie. It's gotta be the best opening /introductions for any film!

by Anonymousreply 2March 26, 2023 1:00 AM

long, loud, empty film

by Anonymousreply 3March 26, 2023 1:17 AM

BTW can somebody tell Jackie Stewart that the head of Columbia Pictures was Harry Cohn, not Harry Cohen.....as she said during the Lost Horizon intro last week?

by Anonymousreply 4March 26, 2023 1:21 AM

R3 Vietnam era propaganda film

by Anonymousreply 5March 26, 2023 1:52 AM

My father’s favorite movie. I never watched it, doubt I ever will.

by Anonymousreply 6March 26, 2023 1:58 AM

What did they ever do with that Oscar he refused? Is it available?

by Anonymousreply 7March 26, 2023 2:19 AM

[quote]long, loud, empty film

Loud, empty head.

by Anonymousreply 8March 26, 2023 2:29 AM

My hot, youngish U.S history teacher (also a football coach) made us watch this sophomore year.

Boring as shit. Nobody paid attention.

by Anonymousreply 9March 26, 2023 2:32 AM

[Quote]Boring as shit. Nobody paid attention.

Agree. It's nearly 3 hours long and the only scene I remember is Patton slapping the soldier suffering from 'shell shock'

by Anonymousreply 10March 27, 2023 2:07 AM

I don’t know anything about the production of the film but using the speech as the opening is brilliant - the kind of decision that would be more obvious during the editing of the film than in the script stage - it’s all in how the scene was designed and shot.

by Anonymousreply 11March 27, 2023 2:20 AM

Here's the 'brilliant' opening

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by Anonymousreply 12March 28, 2023 3:28 AM

R11, I agree. It's arguably the greatest opening in film history.

by Anonymousreply 13March 28, 2023 7:22 AM
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