Patton Movie Script: Dialogue taken from movie.
Scene descriptions from Reverse Spins Editor.
Three men in W.W. II uniforms (two Generals) traveling down a North African road in a jeep.
General George S. Patton (George C. Scott): “Hold it! Turn right here.”
Driver: “But sir, the battlefield is straight ahead.”
Patton: “Please don’t argue with me Sergeant. I can smell a battlefield.”
General Omar Bradley (Karl Malden): ” He was out here just yesterday George.”
Patton: (points with his riding crop) “It’s over there, turn right, damn it!”
The jeep goes off road, passing some turbaned North Africans on donkeys and then comes upon some Romanesque ruins. Patton gets out, followed by Bradley. A haunting echo of horns plays in the background as if replaying some ancient charge of a long forgotten battle.
Patton: “It was here. The battlefield was here. The Carthaginians defending the city were attacked by three Roman Legions. Carthaginians were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. Arab women stripped them of their tunics and their swords and lances. The soldiers lay naked in the sun, two thousand years ago; and I was here.”
Patton, on bended knee, pauses, smiles knowingly, turns to a sometimes bemused Bradley and says:
Patton: “You don’t believe me, do you Brad? You know what the poet said,
‘Through the travail of ages,
midst the pomp and toils of war,
have I fought and strove and perished,
countless times among the stars.
As if through a glass and darkly,
the age old strife I see,
when I fought in many guises and many names,
but always me.'” *
Patton: “Do you know who the poet was?”
Bradley [Smiles slightly and shakes his head, no.]
After Patton finishes speaking French to an aide, the scene shifts to an elegant dinner. Patton is surrounded by senior British officers. A few American officers are at the far end of the table.The British officer to his left compliments George on the fine wine. Patton’s culture and knowledge of history is apparent. The ambience is set for an unusual revelation. Patton turns to Sir Harold on his right, the highest ranking Brit there and says:
Patton: “I think it was Alcibiades in the Peloponnesian War , ah, 415 B.C., he said , ‘if Siracusa falls, all Sicily falls, and then Italy.’ He knew, you see, that Syracuse was the jugular of the island, and old Alcibiades always went for the throat. I propose to take Sicily in the same way …”
Patton gives a short explanation of the plan using a map. The British are impressed. Patton raises his glass in a toast and says:
Patton: “To the conquest of Sicily.”
Sir Harold: “You know George, you’d have made a great Marshal for Napolean, if you had lived in the 18th century.”
Patton: “But I did Sir Harold, I did.”
Everyone laughs, no one harder than Sir Harold and Patton. The toast is finished and the scene ends.
Bülent Pakman. Kasım 2009. İzin alınmadan ve aktif link verilmeden kısmen veya tamamen alıntılanamaz.
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