From its iconic opening, George G Scott as George S Patton, jr in front of the stars and stripes giving a grandstanding speech ('No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country...') before the troops to its beautifully framed close, Franklin J Schaffner (Planet of the Apes) gives us an epic spanning the WWII career of one of America's most forceful generals. A complex character, he was a bible-reading, profane man who believed in reincarnation, and hated 'yellowbellies' - in a wonderful film that will have you glued to the screen for the whole of the (almost 3 hours) running time. With excellent support, mainly from Karl Marldon, George G Scott takes this role of a lifetime and runs with it. You just can't imagine anyone else taking this role.
Whatever your views on the man himself, you will have to agree that the film stands on its own merits.
Bundled with two great docus, one on the making of Patton, and another showing the differences and similarities between the film and the real Patton, plus a stand alone music score and picture gallery, all housed in Cinema Reserves excellent tin-book this is a must have purchase for anyone interested in WWII, Patton, history or cinema.