Francis Ford Coppola returns in this movie as a screenplay writer. Directed by Franklin Schaffner, Patton is a kind of a compelling biographical war movie that was released in 1970 as it shows the life, character, and ideology of the controversial U.S Army General George Patton.
It’s a movie about a man who was glorified in war and the war is shown through his perspective. George S Patton was a General appointed in the U.S Army following a defeat in battle in 1943. To him the war is glorious, and he revels in it. Under Patton, the army reached great heights but as the movie progresses there is a breakdown of the character of the General.
George C Scott’s intuitive grasp of the character as Patton is brilliant, it shows a complex and demanding character riddled with contradictions. The movie is intended to show people how hatred and the thirst for blood can change a man. The movie won 7 Oscars out of 10 nominations and 1 Golden Globe Award.
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The first Hollywood film was written and directed by a Vietnam Vet, Oliver Stone’s Platoon won Best Picture and Director in 1986. It is often regarded as one of the best war movies. It depicts the horrible conditions of U.S soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Charlie Sheen plays the role of an infantryman Chris Taylor who is assigned to a platoon near the Cambodian Border. Night Raids, Patrols, booby traps, grunt work, zero sleep, eroding sanity and hostilities within the platoon each takes such a toll on Taylor that he is all devastated and broken by the atrocities of war.
The movie brings out the bleak and harsh realities of war and also shows the internal political conflicts that arose between the Sergeants on duty.
The movie bagged 4 Oscars and 3 Golden Globes Awards and is considered as the most legendary and wholly indelible vision of the Vietnam war.