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Patton, is a American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars as Patton and as General Omar Bradley. It was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H North.

Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Scott also won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of , but declined to accept the award. The opening monologue, delivered by Scott as with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic and often quoted image in film.

General George S. Patton addresses an unseen audience of American troops, emphasising the importance Americans place upon victorious role models as well as his own demands that his men defeat the enemy by working and fighting as a team.

In its first encounter with the German Afrika Korps at Kasserine, the II Corps is humiliatingly defeated by General Erwin Rommel, whom Patton places in high regard as a well respected rival. As a consequence, Patton is placed in command of II Corps and immediately begins instilling discipline amongst his untested troops. Alongside the poor condition of American soldiers in the II Corps, Patton also identifies the stubbornness of his British counterpart; General Bernard Montgomery constantly undermines American forces in order to monopolise the war glory. Patton’s chance to prove his worth comes at the subsequent Battle of El Guettar where Patton defeats the advancing German forces.

Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Rod Steiger all turned down the role of Patton.

In 1971, the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards at 1971 ceremony, winning seven awards (including Best Picture).  won the Academy Award for Best Actofor his performance, but he famously refused to accept it, citing a dislike of the voting process and the concept of acting competitions. He was the first actor to do so.

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