Patton (film)

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Patton
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Edmund H. North
Based on
Produced byFrank McCarthy
Starring
CinematographyFred J. Koenekamp
Edited byHugh Fowler
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 4, 1969 (1969-12-04) (Premiere)
  • February 5, 1970 (1970-02-05) (New York City)
Running time
172 minutes
CountryUnited States
Languages
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Russian
Budget$12.6 million[1]
Box office$45 million (rentals)[2]

Patton, also known as Patton: Lust for Glory,[3] is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott as Patton and Karl Malden as General Omar Bradley. It was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, who based their screenplay on Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and Bradley's memoir, A Soldier's Story.

Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Scott won Best Actor for his portrayal of General Patton, but declined to accept the award.[4] The opening monologue, delivered by Scott as General Patton with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic and often quoted image in film. In 2003, Patton was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". The Academy Film Archive preserved Patton in 2003.[5]

Plot[edit]

General George S. Patton addresses an unseen audience of American troops, emphasizing 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 Germans 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 stubborness of his British counterpart; General Bernard Montgomery constantly undermines American forces in order to monopolize 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.

The eventual Allied victory in North Africa prompts both Patton and Montgomery to come up with competing plans for the Sicily invasion. Patton's plan, drawn from reference to the Peloponnesian War highlights the strategic importance of Syracuse; if it fell to an occupying force, the Italians would surely withdraw. Patton proposes that Montgomery captures Syracuse, whereas he will capture Messina and cut off the withdrawal. Though the plan shows promise and interest, General Eisenhower turns it down in favor of Montgomery's more cautious plan that essentially relegates Patton to guarding the British advance. The invasion of Sicily takes place, but just as Patton predicted, the fall of Syracuse triggers a mass withdrawal of German and Italian troops from the island, and the remaining entrenched forces delay the Allied advance. Angered by the lack of progress being made, Patton vows not only to beat Montgomery to Messina, but to also take Palermo on the way. Though he is ultimately successful in both feats, Patton's blunt aggression bodes poorly with his subordinates Bradley and Truscott. During a visit to a field hospital, Patton notices a soldier, crying out of shell shock. Surmising that the soldier isn't actually physically injured, Patton slaps the soldier and nearly threatens to shoot him for his cowardice and demands he return to the frontline. Eisenhower demands Patton apologize to his entire command for the altercation. After Patton obliges, he is stunned to find out he has been relieved of command.

With the Invasion of Normandy due to start, Patton is placed in charge of the fictional First United States Army as a decoy in London, the Allied consensus believing that his presence in England will tell the Germans that he will lead the invasion of Europe. At a war drive in Knutsford, Patton openly remarks that the post-war world will be dominated by British and American influence, seen as a slight to the Soviet Union. Though Patton objects to having done anything wrong, the situation has already spiraled from his control. The decision to send him home or keep him in England rests upon General Marshall. Though he is not present during the D-Day landings, Patton is given command of the Third Army by General Bradley, now his superior. Under Patton's leadership, the Third Army sweeps brilliantly across France but is unexpectedly brought to a halt when the supplies are diverted to Montgomery's ambitious Operation Market Garden.

The Allies eventually liberate Paris, and needed supplies make their way to both Montgomery's and Patton's armies. Montgomery leads the liberation of Belgium whilst Patton spearheads into Germany across the Saar river. A breakout in the Ardennes however brings Patton's tanks to a halt, he is recalled to relieve the trapped 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne in record time before smashing through the Siegfried Line and into Germany.

Germany eventually capitulates, though Patton's outspokeness lands him in trouble once again when he compares American politics to Nazism. Though he loses his command once again, Patton is kept on to see the rebuilding of Germany in the post war period. In a final scene Patton is seen walking Willie, his bull terrier. Patton's voice is heard relating that a returning hero of ancient Rome was honored with a triumph, a victory parade in which "a slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: That all glory ... is fleeting."

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Before George C. Scott was cast, Rod Steiger turned down the role as Patton, later admitting that it was the worst decision of his career.[6]

Development[edit]

Attempts to make a film about the life of Patton had been ongoing since he died in 1945, but his widow, Beatrice, resisted.[7] After her death in 1953, producer Frank McCarthy began the project and, the day after Beatrice was buried, the producers contacted the family for help in making the film, requesting access to Patton's diaries, as well as input from family members, but the family refused to provide any assistance to the film's producers.[8] McCarthy also sought co-operation from The Pentagon; they also initially refused, as Patton's son, George Patton IV, was in the Army, and Patton's second daughter, Ruth, was married to an officer. By 1959, McCarthy had convinced the Army to co-operate.[9][7]

Twentieth Century Fox bought A Soldier's Story, the 1951 autobiography of General of the Army Omar Bradley (who features prominently in the film, played by Karl Malden). Francis Ford Coppola wrote the film script in 1963 based largely on Ladislas Farago's 1963 biography Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, and on A Soldier's Story.[7][9] Edmund H. North was later brought in to help work on the script.[9] The film was originally to be called Blood & Guts and William Wyler was originally scheduled to direct.[7]

Bradley, the only surviving five-star general officer in the United States after the death of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1969, served as a consultant for the film though the extent of his influence and input into the final script is largely unknown. While Bradley knew Patton personally, it was also well known that the two men were polar opposites in personality, and there is evidence to conclude that Bradley despised Patton, both personally and professionally.[10][11] As the film was made without access to General Patton's diaries, it largely relied upon observations by Bradley and other military contemporaries when they attempted to reconstruct Patton's thoughts and motives.[12] In a review of the film, Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall, who knew both Patton and Bradley, stated, "The Bradley name gets heavy billing on a picture of [a] comrade that, while not caricature, is the likeness of a victorious, glory-seeking buffoon.... Patton in the flesh was an enigma. He so stays in the film.... Napoleon once said that the art of the general is not strategy but knowing how to mold human nature.... Maybe that is all producer Frank McCarthy and Gen. Bradley, his chief advisor, are trying to say."[12]

Filming[edit]

The film started shooting February 3, 1969 and was shot at seventy-one locations in six countries, mostly in Spain, which had a lot of the U.S. Army's World War II equipment.[9][7] One scene, which depicts Patton driving up to an ancient city that is implied to be Carthage, was shot in the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, Morocco. The early scene, where Patton and Muhammed V are reviewing Moroccan troops including the Goumiers, was shot at the Royal Palace in Rabat. One unannounced battle scene was shot the night before, which raised fears in the Royal Palace neighborhood of a coup d'état. One paratrooper was electrocuted in power lines, but none of this battle footage appears in the film. The scene at the dedication of the welcome centre in Knutsford, Cheshire, England, was filmed at the actual site. The scenes set in Tunisia and Sicily were shot in Almeria in the south of Spain; Pamplona in the north was used for France and Germany; while the winter scenes in Belgium, including for the Battle of the Bulge sequence, were shot near Segovia (to which the production crew rushed when they were informed that snow had fallen).[13][9][7]

The film was shot by cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp in 65 mm Dimension 150, only the second film to be shot in that format after The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966).[7]

A sizeable amount of battle scene footage was left out of the final cut of Patton, but a use was soon found for it. Outtakes from Patton were used to provide battle scenes in the made-for-TV film Fireball Forward, which was first broadcast in 1972. The film was produced by Patton producer Frank McCarthy and Edmund North wrote the screenplay. One of the cast members of Patton, Morgan Paull, appeared in this production.[14]

Opening[edit]

The opening scene of the movie.

The film opens with Scott's rendering of Patton's speech to the Third Army, set against a huge American flag.[15] Coppola and North had to tone down Patton's actual words and statements in the scene, as well as throughout the rest of the film, to avoid an R rating; in the opening monologue, the word fornicating replaced fucking when he was criticizing The Saturday Evening Post. Also, Scott's gravelly and scratchy voice is the opposite of Patton's high-pitched, nasal and somewhat squeaky voice, a point noted by historian S.L.A. Marshall.[12] However, Marshall also points out that the film contains "too much cursing and obscenity [by Patton]. Patton was not habitually foul-mouthed. He used dirty words when he thought they were needed to impress."[12]

When Scott learned that the speech would open the film, he refused to do it, as he believed that it would overshadow the rest of his performance. Director Schaffner assured him that it would be shown at the end. The scene was shot in one afternoon at Sevilla Studios in Madrid, with the flag having been painted on the back of the stage wall.[16]

All the medals and decorations shown on Patton's uniform in the monologue are replicas of those actually awarded to Patton. However, the general never wore all of them in public and was in any case not a four-star general at the time he made the famous speeches on which the opening is based. He wore them all on only one occasion, in his backyard in Virginia at the request of his wife, who wanted a picture of him with all his medals. The producers used a copy of this photo to help recreate this "look" for the opening scene.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

The critically acclaimed score for Patton was composed and conducted by the prolific composer Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith used a number of innovative methods to tie the music to the film, such as having an echoplex loop recorded sounds of "call to war" triplets played on the trumpet to musically represent General Patton's belief in reincarnation. The main theme also consisted of a symphonic march accompanied by a pipe organ to represent the militaristic yet deeply religious nature of the protagonist.[17] The music to Patton subsequently earned Goldsmith an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score and was one of the American Film Institute's 250 nominees for the top twenty-five American film scores.[18] The original soundtrack has been released three times on disc and once on LP: through Twentieth-Century Fox Records in 1970, Tsunami Records in 1992, Film Score Monthly in 1999, and a two-disc extended version through Intrada Records in 2010.[17][19]

2010 Intrada Records album[edit]

Disc One[edit]
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
No.TitleLength
1."Patton Salute (Solo Bugle)"0:44
2."Main Title"3:08
3."The Battleground"2:14
4."The Cemetery"2:42
5."The First Battle"2:50
6."The Funeral"1:54
7."The Hospital"3:36
8."The Prayer"1:11
9."No Assignment"2:23
10."Patton March"1:53
11."Attack"3:15
12."German Advance"2:32
13."An Eloquent Man"1:43
14."The Payoff"2:26
15."A Change Of Weather"1:23
16."Pensive Patton"0:16
17."End Title"2:20
18."Echoplex Session (bonus)"5:29
Total length:41:11
Disc Two[edit]
Original 1970 Score Album
No.TitleLength
1."Patton Speech (spoken by George C. Scott)"4:54
2."Main Title"2:17
3."The Battleground"2:19
4."The First Battle"2:48
5."Attack"3:14
6."The Funeral"1:53
7."Winter March"1:55
8."Patton March"2:04
9."No Assignment"1:59
10."German Advance"2:31
11."The Hospital"3:18
12."The Payoff"2:22
13."End Title & Speech (spoken by George C. Scott)"1:01
14."End Title (sans dialogue) (bonus)"1:11
Total length:33:46

Release[edit]

The film had its premiere on December 4, 1969 in New York City and on Wednesday, February 4, 1970 it had a benefit premiere at the Criterion Theatre in New York before its roadshow release starting the following day.[7][20]

First telecast[edit]

Patton was first telecast by ABC-TV as a three hours-plus color film special on Sunday, November 19, 1972, only two years after its theatrical release.[21] That was highly unusual at the time, especially for a roadshow release, which had played in theatres for many months. Most theatrical films at that time had to wait at least five years for their first telecast. Another unusual element of the telecast was that almost none of Patton's profanity-laced dialogue was cut (only two sentences, one of which contained no profanity, were cut from the famous opening speech in front of the giant US flag). The film was the fourth highest-rated film broadcast on television in the United States at the time with a Nielsen rating of 38.5 and an audience share of 65%.[21]

Home media[edit]

In 1977, Patton was among the first 50 VHS and Betamax releases from Magnetic Video. The film would be released on Laserdisc in 1981, also by Magnetic Video. A widescreen version was released in 1989, which includes four newsreels about the real Patton. A THX-certified Laserdisc would be released on July 9, 1997, trading the newsreels for many new features. A THX-certified widescreen VHS was also released in 1998 by the same distributor, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Patton was first released on DVD in 1999, featuring a partial audio commentary by a Patton historian, and again in 2006, with a commentary by screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola and extra bonus features.

The film made its Region A (locked) Blu-ray debut in 2008 to much criticism, for its excessive use of digital noise reduction on the picture quality. In 2012, a remaster was released with much improved picture quality.[22] In June 2013, Fox UK released the film on Region B Blu-ray but reverted to the 2008 transfer.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed an estimated $51,000 in its first week.[23] According to Fox records the film required $22,525,000 in theatrical rentals to break even and by 11 December 1970 had made $27,650,000 so made a profit to the studio.[24] Eventually, it returned worldwide rentals of $45 million,[2] including $28.1 million from the United States and Canada from a gross of $61.8 million.[25][26]

Critical response[edit]

Roger Ebert said of George C. Scott, "It is one of those sublime performances in which the personalities of the actor and the character are fulfilled in one another."[27] Gene Siskel gave the film three stars out of four and wrote that George C. Scott "has created an acting tour de force," but found it "repetitive – the second half doesn't tell us anything more than the first."[28] Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote, "The most refreshing thing about 'Patton' is that here—I think for the first time—the subject matter and the style of the epic war movie are perfectly matched ... Although the cast is large, the only performance of note is that of Scott, who is continuously entertaining and, occasionally, very appealing."[29] Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "'Patton' has, like 'Lawrence of Arabia,' done the near-impossible by creating a finely detailed portrait despite all the tuggings toward simplification which are inevitable in the big budget, long, loud roadshow production desperate to attract mass audiences. As Patton, George Scott gives one of the great and unforgettable screen characterizations."[30] Gary Arnold of The Washington Post wrote that the film "eventually shares the dramatic limitations, as well as the visual triumphs, of 'Lawrence of Arabia': yet another fascinating but inconclusive portrait of a mercurial military leader. The camera focus is sharp, but the dramatic focus is blurred. We never quite understand Patton in historical context, in relation to the other generals of the period, and to the entire Allied war effort."[31] Pauline Kael of The New Yorker wrote that "technically the movie is awesomely impressive," but went on to state that "I'm sure it will be said that the picture is 'true' to Patton and to history, but I think it strings us along and holds out on us. If we don't just want to have our prejudices greased, we'll find it confusing and unsatisfying, because we aren't given enough information to evaluate Patton's actions."[32] John Gillett of The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "While communicating a relish for the man with all his warts, [Schaffner] also pinpoints the monstrous prejudices which lay beneath the surface. And, of course, he chose the right actor. Karl Malden's Bradley is neatly observed and the German players are good, but Scott's performance rightly dwarfs all the rest."[33]

Online film critic James Berardinelli has called Patton his favorite film of all time[34] and "to this day one of Hollywood's most compelling biographical war pictures."[35]

According to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book The Final Days, it was also Richard Nixon's favorite film. He screened it several times at the White House and during a cruise on the Presidential yacht. Before the 1972 Nixon visit to China, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai watched this film in preparation for his meeting with Nixon.

Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 94% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 49 reviews, with an average score of 8.46/10. Rotten Tomatoes summarizes the critical consensus as, "George C. Scott's sympathetic, unflinching portrayal of the titular general in this sprawling epic is as definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics."[36]

Accolades[edit]

In 1971, the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards at 1971 ceremony, winning seven awards (including Best Picture). George C. Scott won the Academy Award for Best Actor for 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.[37][38][39]

The Best Picture statuette is on display at the George C. Marshall Museum at the Virginia Military Institute, courtesy of Frank McCarthy.

Award Category Nominee(s) Result
Academy Awards Best Picture Frank McCarthy Won
Best Director Franklin J. Schaffner Won
Best Actor George C. Scott (declined award) Won
Best Original Screenplay Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North Won
Best Art Direction Urie McCleary, Gil Parrondo, Antonio Mateos and Pierre-Louis Thévenet Won
Best Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp Nominated
Best Film Editing Hugh S. Fowler Won
Best Original Score Jerry Goldsmith Nominated
Best Sound Douglas Williams and Don Bassman Won
Best Special Visual Effects Alex Weldon Nominated
American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Feature Film Hugh S. Fowler Won
British Academy Film Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role George C. Scott Nominated
Best Sound Don Hall, Douglas O. Williams and Don J. Bassman Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Franklin J. Schaffner Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Drama Patton Nominated
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama George C. Scott Won
Best Director – Motion Picture Franklin J. Schaffner Nominated
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing – Feature Film Patton Won
Kansas City Film Circle Critics Awards Best Film Won[a]
Best Actor George C. Scott Won
Laurel Awards Best Picture Patton Won
Top Male Dramatic Performance George C. Scott Won
Top Male Supporting Performance Karl Malden Nominated
Top Cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp Won
Top Composer Jerry Goldsmith Won
National Board of Review Awards Best Film Patton Won
Top Ten Films Won
Best Actor George C. Scott Won
National Film Preservation Board National Film Registry Patton Inducted
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor George C. Scott Won
Online Film & Television Association Best Motion Picture Patton Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Best Drama Written Directly for the Screenplay Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North Won

In 2006, the Writers Guild of America selected Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North's adapted screenplay as the 94th best screenplay of all time.

American Film Institute Lists

Sequel[edit]

A made-for-television sequel, The Last Days of Patton, was produced in 1986. Scott reprised his title role. The film was based on Patton's final weeks after being mortally injured in a car accident, with flashbacks of Patton's life.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey (1989). Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. Scarecrow Filmmakers Series. 20. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 256. ISBN 9780810842441.
  2. ^ a b Solomon, Aubrey (2002). Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. Scarecrow Filmmakers Series. 20. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 165. ISBN 9780810842441.
  3. ^ Thomas, William (January 1, 2000). "Patton: Lust for Glory Review". Empire. Archived from the original on April 29, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  4. ^ TotalFilm. "Review of Patton". Archived from the original on July 5, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2006.
  5. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Cornwell, Rupert (July 10, 2002). "Rod Steiger, 'brooding and volatile' Hollywood tough guy for more than 50 years, dies aged 77". The Independent. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Patton at the American Film Institute Catalog
  8. ^ Travers, Steven (2014). The Duke, the Longhorns, and Chairman Mao: John Wayne's Political Odyssey. Taylor Trade Publishing. OCLC 857277430.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Why I Wanted To Portray Patton". Photoplay. July 1970. p. 24.
  10. ^ D'Este, Carlo (1995). Patton: A Genius For War. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 466–467. ISBN 0-06-016455-7.
  11. ^ D'Este, Carlo (2002). Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life. New York: Henry Holt & Co. pp. 403–404.
  12. ^ a b c d Marshall, S.L.A. (March 21, 1970). "Great Georgie Redone". The Charleston Gazette. 4: 4.
  13. ^ Mitchell, George J. "The Photography of "Patton"". in70mm.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  14. ^ "Fireball Forward - Rotten Tomatoes". Flixster, Inc. Archived from the original on September 25, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  15. ^ ≠°Travers, Steven. The Duke, the Longhorns, and Chairman Mao: John Wayne's Political Odyssey."
  16. ^ Mitchell, George J. (1975). "The Photography of Patton". After the Battle (7): 38–43. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  17. ^ a b Clemmensen, Christian. Patton Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine soundtrack review at Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
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  21. ^ a b "Hit Movies on U.S. TV Since 1961". Variety. January 24, 1990. p. 160.
  22. ^ Maxwell, Barrie (November 8, 2012). "Patton (Remastered)". The Digital Bits. Archived from the original on September 16, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "Strength at Some N.Y. Situations; 'Patton' Spanky 51G; 'Zabriskie' OK Kickoff; 'Looking Glass,' In 2, Big". Variety. February 11, 1970. p. 9.
  24. ^ Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 329.
  25. ^ Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M178.
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  28. ^ Siskel, Gene (March 5, 1970). "Patton". Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 11.
  29. ^ Canby, Vincent (February 5, 1970). "The Screen: 'Patton: Salute to Rebel'". The New York Times. 33.
  30. ^ Champlin, Charles (February 15, 1970). "'Patton' Features George C. Scott as 'Old Blood and Guts'". Los Angeles Times. Calendar, p. 13.
  31. ^ Arnold, Gary (March 1, 1970). "Take Your Pick of War Heroes: General Patton". The Washington Post. F1-F2.
  32. ^ Kael, Pauline (January 31, 1970). "The Current Cinema". The New Yorker: 73.
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  34. ^ "#1: Patton". reelviews.net. Archived from the original on December 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
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  1. ^ Tied with Five Easy Pieces.

Further reading[edit]

  • In 2005, Patton's wife's "Button Box" manuscript was finally released by his family, with the posthumous release of Ruth Ellen Patton Totten's book, The Button Box: A Daughter's Loving Memoir of Mrs. George S. Patton.Taylor, John M.; Taylor, Priscilla S. (July 23, 2005). "Gen. Patton's wife, a New York citizen". The Washington Times.
  • Suid, Lawrence H. (2002). Guts & Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 260–278. ISBN 9780813190181. Suid's book contains an extended discussion of the production of Patton and of public and critical response to the film; the discussion occupies most of the chapter, "13. John Wayne, The Green Berets, and Other Heroes".

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