General George Patton on the War on Terror


George Patton gives a

motivational speech Alert Readers Stan Honour and Sidney Bostian send this YouTube link to what General George Patton might have to say on our global war on terror, if Patton were alive today.

Eye witnesses to Patton’s original speech tell us that the talk is consistent with his introductory remarks to his new troops in World War ll.

The speech was powerful in real life.

And so powerful in the script that the director Franklin J. Schaffner had to take unusual steps not to offend lead actor George C. Scott, who was actually a bit squeamish about the violence and language of war-fighting.

The speech scene appears first in the movie. But Schaffner shot the scene at the end of the movie’s production. Schaffner felt that if the speech was completed first, in sequence, that the volatile George C. Scott would not finish.

Finishing and sitting through the nearly three hour film was a concern about movie-goers too. When Your Business Blogger viewed the movie in a theater in 1970, there was an intermission to break up the 170 minute film.

And it was memorable…This is what made the movie so good,


Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight.

All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war… because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

Patton was refering to Real Americans, of course.

Not liberal Democrats, who, as is well known, do not hate anything.


Thank you (foot)notes:

My favorite quote from Patton on teamwork, The bilious bastards who came up with that stuff about individuality know as much about battle as they do about fornicating. Which is why the liberal Army of One marketing campaign was nonsense.

My favorite quote from Patton on management training, In about fifteen minutes, we’re going to start turning these boys into fanatics – razors. They’ll lose their fear of the Germans. I only hope to God they never lose their fear of me. Not a problem for the manager as sociopath.

Of course K-Lo has it at the Corner: Patton on the War on Terror [Crude Language Warning] [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

And Blogs for Fred Thompson.

Patton cast and crew

Directed by

Franklin J. Schaffner

Writing credits

Ladislas Farago (book “Patton: Ordeal and Triumph”)

Omar N. Bradley (book “A Soldier’s Story”)

Francis Ford Coppola (screen story) and

Edmund H. North (screen story)

Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay) and

Edmund H. North (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete

George C. Scott … Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

Karl Malden … Gen. Omar N. Bradley

Stephen Young … Capt. Chester B. Hansen

Michael Strong … Brig. Gen. Hobart Carver

Carey Loftin … Gen. Bradley’s driver (as Cary Loftin)

Albert Dumortier … Moroccan Minister

Frank Latimore … Lt. Col. Henry Davenport

Morgan Paull … Capt. Richard N. Jenson

Karl Michael Vogler … Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Bill Hickman … Gen. Patton’s driver

Pat Zurica … 1st Lt. Alexander Stiller (as Patrick J. Zurica)

James Edwards … Sgt. William George Meeks

Lawrence Dobkin … Col. Gaston Bell

David Bauer … Lt. Gen. Harry Buford

John Barrie … Air Vice-Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham

Richard Münch … Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl (as Richard Muench)

Siegfried Rauch … Capt. Oskar Steiger

Michael Bates … Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery

Paul Stevens … Lt. Col. Charles R. Codman

Gerald Flood … Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder

Jack Gwillim … Gen. Sir Harold Alexander

Ed Binns … Maj. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith (as Edward Binns)

Peter Barkworth … Col. John Welkin

Lionel Murton … Third Army chaplain

David Healy … Clergyman

Sandy Kevin … Correspondent

Douglas Wilmer … Maj. Gen. Francis de Guingand

John Doucette … Maj. Gen. Lucian K. Truscott

Tim Considine … Soldier who gets slapped

Abraxas Aaran … Willy

Clint Ritchie … Tank captain

Alan MacNaughton … British briefing officer

rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brandon Brady … Lt. Young (uncredited)

Charles Dennis … Soldier (uncredited)

Paul Frees … Voice (uncredited)

Hellmut Lange … Maj. Dorian von Haarenwege (uncredited)

Harry Morgan … Senator (uncredited)

Bruce Rhodewalt … Cynical wounded soldier (uncredited)

Produced by

Frank Caffey …. associate producer

Frank McCarthy …. producer

Original Music by

Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

Fred J. Koenekamp (as Fred Koenekamp)

Film Editing by

Hugh S. Fowler (as Hugh Fowler)

Art Direction by

Urie McCleary

Gil Parrondo

Set Decoration by

Antonio Mateos

Pierre-Louis Thévenet (as Pierre-Louis Thevenet)

Makeup Department

Del Acevedo …. makeup artist

Daniel C. Striepeke …. makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)

Production Management

Francisco Day …. unit production manager

Eduardo García Maroto …. unit production manager (as Eduardo G. Maroto)

Tadeo Villalba …. unit production manager

Francisco Ariza …. production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Eli Dunn …. assistant director

José López Rodero …. assistant director (as Jose Lopez Rodero)

Michael D. Moore …. second unit director (as Michael Moore)

Art Department

Jose Luis Del Barco …. storyboard artist

Julián Martín …. painter (uncredited)

Dennis J. Parrish …. property master (uncredited)

Jack Senter …. assistant supervising art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Don J. Bassman …. sound production (as Don Bassman)

James Corcoran …. sound supervisor

Theodore Soderberg …. sound re-recordist (as Ted Soderberg)

Murray Spivack …. sound re-recordist

Douglas O. Williams …. sound re-recordist (as Douglas Williams)

Special Effects by

L.B. Abbott …. special photographic effects

Art Cruickshank …. special photographic effects

Alex Weldon …. mechanical effects


Joe Canutt …. action coordinator

Joe Canutt …. stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Stefano Capriati …. stunt double (uncredited)

Bill Hickman …. stunts (uncredited)

Kim Kahana …. stunts (uncredited)

Carey Loftin …. stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Cecilio Paniagua …. camera operator: second unit

Clifford Stine …. camera operator: second unit

Mike Benson …. assistant camera (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Julio Sempere …. military vehicles coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

Omar N. Bradley …. senior military advisor (as General of the Army Omar N. Bradley, USA)

Paul D. Harkins …. technical advisor (as General Paul D. Harkins, USA, Ret.)

Glover S. Johns Jr. …. technical advisor (as Colonel Glover S. Johns Jr., USA, Ret.)

Arthur Morton …. orchestrator

Luis Martín Pozuelo …. miltary advisor: Spain (as Lieutenant Colonel Luis Martín Pozuelo)

Richard Vetter …. process consultant

Carl Williams …. process consultant

Ralph M. Leo …. production accountant (uncredited)

Julio Sempere …. military equipment supervisor (uncredited)

Julio Sempere …. army supervisor (uncredited)


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1 Response

  1. Andre' S. Guionaud Sr. says:

    SSg E-6 US Army 1964 -1968

    Today more than ever we need men like General Patton,who are not worried about being politically correct. Men who are proud of America and are tired of supporting other countries who cotinually burn our flag and hate us. God Bless America and the men with enough backbone to defend America.

    Andre’ S. Guionnaud Sr.

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