George S. Patton (1885-1945) known for his aggressiveness, ego and strategic prowess in leading soldiers into battle, was educated at West Point. His notoriety and battlefield accomplishments began as the first officer assigned to the new U.S. Army Tank Corps during World War I. His love of glory, his courage and the adrenaline rush of matching wits with other commanders, led to his promotion through the ranks over the next several decades. The movie, Patton, takes places when Commander Patton, played by George C. Scott, reaches the high point of his career during World War II, leading the U.S. 7th Army in its invasion of Sicily.
The famous speech he gave to his troops, the ego clashes between him and British commander Bernard Montgomery and the cinematography of tanks sweeping across northern France at the head of the 3rd Army, makes this movie worth experiencing again. Moreover, George C. Scott received an Academy Award for his outstanding performance, which he declined due to philosophical differences. His acting, along with a rousing opening monologue (one of the most famous in Hollywood's history) makes this movie a classic worth viewing again and again. So grab a bowl of popcorn, put your feet up and recall one of the greatest movies of all time by taking this quiz.
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