Review of Patton (1970)

Moving picture, 172 minutes

In a hospital, the real George S. Patton snapped at a soldier: “Your nerves, hell — you are just a goddamned coward!” The film beautifully interrogates this reptilian world view, itself bordering on madness. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) did a better job with non-whites, but Patton absorbed the lessons of Vietnam.

George C. Scott, who played Patton, used to turn down his Oscar nominations for good reasons. He was nominated yet again for this film and won Best Actor against his refusal of the nomination. He stayed home and slept through the awards show. Good man.

moving picture fiction