The Last Days of Patton
|The Last Days of Patton|
|Directed by||Delbert Mann|
|Produced by||Alfred R. Kelman
William F. Storke
|Written by||William Luce
based on the book by Ladislas Farago
|Starring||George C. Scott
Eva Marie Saint
|Music by||Allyn Ferguson|
|Cinematography||Dennis C. Lewiston|
|Release date||September 14, 1986|
|Running time||146 minutes|
The Last Days of Patton is a 1986 made-for-television film sequel to the 1970 film Patton, which portrays the last few months of the general's life. George C. Scott reprises the role of General George S. Patton, and Eva Marie Saint portrays Beatrice Patton, the general's wife. It was directed by Delbert Mann, his final film.
As a result of General George S. Patton's (George C. Scott) decision to use former Nazis to help reconstruct post-World War II Germany (and publicly defending the practice), General Dwight Eisenhower (Richard Dysart) removes him from that task and reassigns him to supervise "an army of clerks" whose task is to write the official history of the U.S. military involvement in World War II.
Shortly thereafter, on December 9, 1945 (a day before he was to transfer back to the United States), Patton is involved in an automobile accident that seriously injures his spinal column, paralyzing him. As he lies in his hospital bed, he flashes back to earlier pivotal moments in his life, including stories his father told him of his grandfather's service during the American Civil War which inspired him to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, his marriage to his wife Beatrice (Eva Marie Saint), and his championing of the use of tanks in the United States Army.
President Harry S. Truman and other government officials, not wanting Patton to die on German soil, order him transferred to a stateside hospital. Preparations, including a full plaster body cast, are made, but Patton dies of an embolism on December 21, 1945.
- George C. Scott as General George S. Patton Jr.
- Eva Marie Saint as Beatrice Patton
- Murray Hamilton as Brigadier General "Hap" Gay
- Ed Lauter as Dr. Lt. Col. Paul Hill
- Richard Dysart as General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Kathryn Leigh Scott as Jean Gordon, Patton's niece
- Ron Berglas as Young George S. Patton Jr.
- Horst Janson as Baron von Wangenheim
- Daniel Benzali as Col. Glen Spurling
- Don Fellows as Lt. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith
- Errol John as Sgt. 1st Class George Meeks
- Alan MacNaughton as Brigadier Hugh Cairns
- Paul Maxwell as Lt. Gen. Geoffrey Keyes
- Lee Patterson as Col. Paul Harkins
- Shane Rimmer as Dr. Col. Lawrence Ball
- Michael Domenico as George S. Patton Jr. (age 8)
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