Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Bates, Michael Strong, James Edwards, Frank Latimore, Morgan Paull, Jack Gwillim, Edward Binns, Peter Barkworth, Karl Michael Vogler
Biography of controversial World War II hero General George S. Patton. The film covers his wartime activities and accomplishments, beginning with his entry into the North African campaign and ending with his removal from command after his outspoken criticism of US post-war military strategy.
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During the shooting of ‘Patton’, a unit moved to the village of Enix (Almería) to shoot a tank stop in the village square. To take the tanks there it was necessary to wide and rebuild a few bridges.
Half of the budget of ‘Patton’ was spent hiring soldiers and teams of the Spanish Army.
The producers of ‘Patton’ built a road to access Tabernas’ Castle and during the works a Neolithic and a Medieval villages were discovered.
El rodaje de la secuencia de la batalla de El Guettar, en ‘Patton’, en la Rambla del Búho (Tabernas), duró 4 días y en ella se emplearon 50 tanques, varias piezas de artillería, seis aviones alemanes Heinkels, seis cazas de las Fuerzas Aéreas norteamericanas, unos 2.000 extras con sus respectivos uniformes de uno y otro bando, y numerosos especialistas que fueron rodados por siete cámaras divididas en dos unidades de rodaje.
The shooting of ‘Patton’, in the sequence where the army enters in Messina, required the participation of 21 tanks, some trucks and jeeps, 700 extras, who cheered the troops, and 400 soldiers, who joined the army unit, plus a few Heinkel airplanes that flew over the square and a helicopter.
Several films that have also been shot in Andalucía, despite of getting any Oscar, were at least nominated and obtained an international recognition. For example: ‘Empire of the Sun’ (6 nominations), shot in Trebujena (Cádiz); ‘The Adventures of Baron Münchausen’ (4 nominations) and ‘El Cid’ (3), shot in Almeria; ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’, with two nominations, and ‘Star Wars. The Clone Wars’, with one, both shot in Sevilla.