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* DawsonCasting:
** Creator/KarlMalden was 15 years older than Creator/GeorgeCScott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton (although Bradley did look a bit older than he really was).
** Karl-Michael Vogler was eight years younger than Rommel was during the Tunisia campaign.

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DawsonCasting: Creator/KarlMalden was 15 years older than Creator/GeorgeCScott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton (although Bradley did look a bit older than he really was).
** Karl-Michael Vogler was eight years younger than Rommel was during the Tunisia campaign.
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* UnderageCasting: Karl-Michael Vogler was eight years younger than Rommel was during the Tunisia campaign.


* DawsonCasting: Creator/KarlMalden was 15 years older than Creator/GeorgeCScott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton (although Bradley did look a bit older than he really was).

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Creator/KarlMalden was 15 years older than Creator/GeorgeCScott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton (although Bradley did look a bit older than he really was).was).
** Karl-Michael Vogler was eight years younger than Rommel was during the Tunisia campaign.


** Rod Steiger turned down the lead role, believing that the film glorified war. He cited this as the worst mistake of his career.



** Creator/JohnHuston, Henry Hathaway and Creator/FredZinnemann each declined to direct the film. Creator/WilliamWyler agreed to direct, and had even done some preliminary production work on the film, also planning his retirement at conclusion of production, but differed with Creator/GeorgeCScott over the script, instead leaving this production, in favor of ''Film/TheLiberationOfLBJones'', which instead became Wyler's planned final film as director.

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** Creator/JohnHuston, Henry Hathaway and Creator/FredZinnemann each Creator/JohnHuston declined to direct the film. Creator/WilliamWyler agreed to direct, and had even done some preliminary production work on the film, also planning his retirement at conclusion of production, but differed with Creator/GeorgeCScott over the script, instead leaving this production, in favor of ''Film/TheLiberationOfLBJones'', which instead became Wyler's planned final film as director.


* Director Creator/OliverStone believes because President Nixon loved ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and repeatedly watched it at the White House, it gave him the impetus to further escalate UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar by bombing Cambodia. The bombing of Cambodia led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge. Therefore, Stone says, the movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' is responsible for the genocide of millions in the ''Killing Fields''!
** Previously marked under InsaneTrollLogic, but given its assumptions (the film made Nixon bomb Cambodia) the conclusion [[RightForTheWrongReasons is actually logically valid]]. (Some historians would argue that "the bombing of Cambodia led to the Khmer Rouge" would also be an assumption, as the Khmer Rouge could well have won without the bombing boosting recruitment.)
*** As a matter of fact, George C. Scott seemed to believe this himself. When asked for permission to use a scene of the Nixon family watching ''Patton'' for a biopic on Nixon, Scott refused.
* In a case of HilariousInHindsight, Creator/FrancisFordCoppola was fired as screenwriter from the film. The reason given? The opening scene. Yes, the same opening scene that has become an icon and been parodied ''countless'' times.


** Creator/John Huston, Henry Hathaway and Creator/FredZinnemann each declined to direct the film. Creator/WilliamWyler agreed to direct, and had even done some preliminary production work on the film, also planning his retirement at conclusion of production, but differed with Creator/GeorgeCScott over the script, instead leaving this production, in favor of ''Film/TheLiberationOfLBJones'', which instead became Wyler's planned final film as director.

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** Creator/John Huston, Creator/JohnHuston, Henry Hathaway and Creator/FredZinnemann each declined to direct the film. Creator/WilliamWyler agreed to direct, and had even done some preliminary production work on the film, also planning his retirement at conclusion of production, but differed with Creator/GeorgeCScott over the script, instead leaving this production, in favor of ''Film/TheLiberationOfLBJones'', which instead became Wyler's planned final film as director.


* DawsonCasting: Creator/KarlMalden was 15 years older than Creator/GeorgeCScott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton.

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* DawsonCasting: Creator/KarlMalden was 15 years older than Creator/GeorgeCScott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton.Patton (although Bradley did look a bit older than he really was).



** According to Creator/KarlMalden, Scott caused a shooting delay by immersing himself in a ping-pong tournament against a world-champion table-tennis player. Scott (who was in full costume and makeup) kept losing to the champ; yet he was determined to win at least one set, even if they had to stand there playing the entire night.

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** According to Creator/KarlMalden, Scott caused a shooting delay by immersing himself in a ping-pong tournament against a world-champion table-tennis player. Scott (who was in full costume and makeup) kept losing to the champ; yet he was determined to win at least one set, even if they had to stand there playing the entire night. Actually sounds like something Patton might have done.


** Creator/LeeMarvin turned down the lead role. Telly Savalas was also considered.

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** Creator/LeeMarvin turned down the lead role. Telly Savalas Creator/TellySavalas was also considered.


* In an example of BothSidesHaveAPoint, screenwriter Creator/FrancisFordCoppola said he wrote the script so that it would please both the anti-war left, who saw Patton as a warmonger and bully that slapped a shell shocked soldier, and right-wing 'hawks' who saw Patton as a great general and war hero.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: At one point, Creator/RobertMitchum was offered the lead role. He turned it down and even suggested Creator/GeorgeCScott would be a better choice for the role.

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At one point, Creator/RobertMitchum was offered the lead role. He turned it down and even suggested Creator/GeorgeCScott would be a better choice for the role.



** Creator/John Huston, Henry Hathaway and Fred Zinnemann each declined to direct the film. Creator/WilliamWyler agreed to direct, and had even done some preliminary production work on the film, also planning his retirement at conclusion of production, but differed with Creator/GeorgeCScott over the script, instead leaving this production, in favor of ''Film/TheLiberationOfLBJones'', which instead became Wyler's planned final film as director.

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** Creator/John Huston, Henry Hathaway and Fred Zinnemann Creator/FredZinnemann each declined to direct the film. Creator/WilliamWyler agreed to direct, and had even done some preliminary production work on the film, also planning his retirement at conclusion of production, but differed with Creator/GeorgeCScott over the script, instead leaving this production, in favor of ''Film/TheLiberationOfLBJones'', which instead became Wyler's planned final film as director.director.
** Creator/JamesStewart was considered for the role of General Omar N. Bradley.


* Director Creator/OliverStone believes because President Nixon loved ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and repeatedly watched it at the White House, it gave him the impetus to further escalate the VietnamWar by bombing Cambodia. The bombing of Cambodia led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge. Therefore, Stone says, the movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' is responsible for the genocide of millions in the ''Killing Fields''!

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* Director Creator/OliverStone believes because President Nixon loved ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and repeatedly watched it at the White House, it gave him the impetus to further escalate the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar by bombing Cambodia. The bombing of Cambodia led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge. Therefore, Stone says, the movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' is responsible for the genocide of millions in the ''Killing Fields''!


** Creator/JohnWayne eagerly sought the lead role, but was turned down by producer Frank McCarthy.

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** Creator/JohnWayne eagerly sought the lead role, but was turned down by producer Frank McCarthy.[=McCarthy=].

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the film was shot in Spain. 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 Africa and Sicily were shot in the south of Spain (Almeria ), while the winter scenes in Belgium were shot near Segovia (to which the production crew rushed when they were informed that snow had fallen).


* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the film was shot in Spain. 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 Africa and Sicily were shot in the south of Spain (Almeria ), while the winter scenes in Belgium were shot near Segovia (to which the production crew rushed when they were informed that snow had fallen).


* BackedByThePentagon: Sort of. Nearly half the budget was spent on soldiers and equipment rented from the Spanish army.



* Director Oliver Stone believes because President Nixon loved ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and repeatedly watched it at the White House, it gave him the impetus to further escalate the VietnamWar by bombing Cambodia. The bombing of Cambodia led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge. Therefore, Stone says, the movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' is responsible for the genocide of millions in the ''Killing Fields''!

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the film was shot in Spain. 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 Africa and Sicily were shot in the south of Spain (Almeria ), while the winter scenes in Belgium were shot near Segovia (to which the production crew rushed when they were informed that snow had fallen).
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The film was released in Britain as ''Patton: Lust for Glory''.
* CreatorBacklash: Creator/GeorgeCScott felt he hadn't really captured the full character of George S. Patton. He would apologize to director Franklin J. Schaffner on the set for not fully realizing the complexity of the man.
* DawsonCasting: Creator/KarlMalden was 15 years older than Creator/GeorgeCScott. In reality Gen. Omar Bradley was seven years younger than George S. Patton.
* Director Oliver Stone Creator/OliverStone believes because President Nixon loved ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and repeatedly watched it at the White House, it gave him the impetus to further escalate the VietnamWar by bombing Cambodia. The bombing of Cambodia led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge. Therefore, Stone says, the movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' is responsible for the genocide of millions in the ''Killing Fields''!



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: At one point, Creator/RobertMitchum was offered the lead role. He turned it down and even suggested Scott would be a better choice for the role.

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* WagTheDirector: Initially, Creator/GeorgeCScott refused to film the famous speech in front of the American flag when he learned that the speech was going to come at the opening of the film. He felt that if they put that scene at the beginning, then the rest of his performance would not live up to that scene. So director Franklin J. Schaffner lied to Scott and told him that the scene would be put at the end of the film.
** According to Creator/KarlMalden, Scott caused a shooting delay by immersing himself in a ping-pong tournament against a world-champion table-tennis player. Scott (who was in full costume and makeup) kept losing to the champ; yet he was determined to win at least one set, even if they had to stand there playing the entire night.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: At one point, Creator/RobertMitchum was offered the lead role. He turned it down and even suggested Scott Creator/GeorgeCScott would be a better choice for the role.role.
** Creator/JohnWayne eagerly sought the lead role, but was turned down by producer Frank McCarthy.
** Rod Steiger turned down the lead role, believing that the film glorified war. He cited this as the worst mistake of his career.
** Creator/BurtLancaster turned down the lead role due to his anti-war beliefs.
** Creator/LeeMarvin turned down the lead role. Telly Savalas was also considered.
** Creator/John Huston, Henry Hathaway and Fred Zinnemann each declined to direct the film. Creator/WilliamWyler agreed to direct, and had even done some preliminary production work on the film, also planning his retirement at conclusion of production, but differed with Creator/GeorgeCScott over the script, instead leaving this production, in favor of ''Film/TheLiberationOfLBJones'', which instead became Wyler's planned final film as director.
* WorkingTitle: ''Patton: Salute to a Rebel''.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: At one point, Creator/RobertMitchum was offered the lead role. He turned it down and even suggested Scott would be a better choice for the role.



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** AFIS100Years100Movies: #89
** AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains:
*** #29 Hero, George Patton

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