The Last Days of Patton

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The Last Days of Patton
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Genre Biography
Based on The Last Days of Patton by Ladislas Farago
Written by William Luce
Directed by Delbert Mann
Starring George C. Scott
Eva Marie Saint
Murray Hamilton
Ed Lauter
Richard Dysart
Theme music composer Allyn Ferguson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Robert E. Fuisz
Producer(s) Alfred R. Kelman
William F. Storke
Cinematography Dennis C. Lewiston
Editor(s) Bill Blunden
Running time 146 minutes
Production company(s) Entertainment Partners
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14)
Preceded by Patton

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.


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.[1]

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.[2]

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.



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