1970 PG 2h 51m Blu-ray / DVD

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1970 PG 2h 51m Blu-ray / DVD
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Gen. George S. Patton earned the nickname "Blood and Guts" for his determination on the battlefield. This epic-scale production follows the commander as he guides his troops across Africa and Europe, illuminating a man whose life was defined by war.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Spanish (Neutral), English
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.0, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Patton is an epic war movie, and a biopic about General George S. Patton Jr. It was a big hit in its day and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It includes widescreen battlefield violence, with shooting and explosions; dead bodies and blood are shown in the aftermath. Patton has a potty mouth, though he tends to stay away from very strong language: "s--t" is heard only once. Far more common is "bastard," "goddamn," and "son of a bitch." There's also some brief innuendo, though no sexual situations. Patton smokes a cigar and occasionally drinks at military functions. The movie is a very complex mix of celebrating military strategy and excellence, but also commenting upon the evils of war, though it's apparent that Patton himself comes out looking like a hero either way. It will be a good discussion starter for mature teens.

Sexual Content

Some minor, infrequent sexual banter, such as references to "fornication," "whorehouses" and "pimps."


There are several battles, marked with dropping bombs and explosions, and shooting of guns (mostly shown from a distance). In the aftermath, there are many dead bodies, some covered in blood. In one disturbing sequence, Patton shoots and kills a couple of donkeys that are blocking a road. (Their deaths are off-screen.) In a famous sequence, he slaps a soldier for being a "coward."


Patton has a potty mouth, and swears in just about every scene, though he tends to stay away from the strongest language. "S--t" is heard perhaps once. More common is "bastard," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "crap," "ass," "butt," "damn," and "hell."

Social Behavior

This movie has a very complex nature. It celebrates military strategy, but at the same time questions warmongering and military thought. It could be argued that the former comes out more strongly than the latter, and that violence itself is celebrated.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Patton smokes cigars, and can be seen sipping wine and drinking vodka at occasional fancy dinners.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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