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  • Awesome Music: That theme song. Jerry Goldsmith, ladies and gentlemen.
  • Patton saying, "Rommel, you Magnificent Bastard, I read your book!", while his army is crushing those sent by Rommel.
    • Erwin Rommel actually did write several books. The one Patton was talking about is appropriately titled Attacks.
  • Patton standing in the middle of the street during an air raid taking potshots at the German planes with his .45, defying them to hit him "right in the nose," and not even flinching when one of them nearly succeeds in strafing him. Didn't happen in Real Life, but still, it was typical Patton.
  • The entire opening monologue. George C. Scott, in six minutes, summarizes Patton's character, from the fierceness ("We're going to carve out their living guts, and use them to grease the treads of our tanks") to the surprising tenderness ("I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere"), and wins himself an Oscar doing it.
    • "Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
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    • Truth in Television, as the opening monologue was lifted from several copies of speeches the historical Patton actually made. They actually had to tone down the language for the filmnote .
  • Patton ordering a chaplain to make a "weather prayer" so that they could take their next target, which the forecast predicted would be the center of a blizzard , and the fact that the prayer worked. This was a Real Life prayer, in fact, and Patton awarded the chaplain - James Hugh O'Neill - a Bronze Star for it.
    • The staging of Patton's reading of the prayer, narrating over a montage of battle scenes at night, stark Scenery Gorn as American troops battle the Germans, with the prayer itself justifying why those men are dying in the snow - "Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations" - is an meta-level Awesome Moment for the film.
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  • Patton, alone among the Allied generals, expecting and preparing for the German offensive at the Battle of the Bulge, so that when it happens he calmly tells Eisenhower that the Third Army can launch its own surprise counterattack in less than 48 hours. "This is where it pays off, the training and the discipline. No other outfit in the world could pull out of a winter battle, move a hundred miles, go into a major attack with no rest, no sleep, no hot food. God... God, I'm proud of these men!"
  • When Patton went to the ruins of an ancient battle and said that he was there. It speaks of his talent in recognizing the significance of history and his belief in reincarnation, but in a deeper symbolic sense it seemed to be speaking of the spirit of the soldier which Patton had always been in touch with. Patton may not have literally fought in that battle but his spirit had always been with them whether in the form of a past life or because he was carrying on their traditions, either way it has poetic significance for Patton's character.
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  • "You know how I know they're finished? The carts."


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