By Nicholas Stix
Originally posted on November 11, 2014
To all the men who have gone into harm’s way: Thank you for your service.
Patton: Complete Soundtrack Suite: Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Thanks to Mauser388mm for the upload.
The opening speech is based on real speeches that Patton delivered to his men. The screenplay, which was written by a very young Francis Ford Coppola, and opens with Patton giving a speech while standing in front of a gigantic American flag, came this|close to getting him fired, at least according to Coppola. (I bought a DVD of the picture earlier this year, and it has an interview with Coppola many years later. While I have no idea whether his stories are true, the man is a world-class raconteur.)
The music starts at 4:59. And be sure to catch the haunting theme at 32:01, where Goldsmith and director Franklin Schaffner return to Patton’s tragic vision.
[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:
“Veteran’s Day, 2013: Why Fight Wars, if We're Going to Fight to Lose?/Have Overly Restrictive Rules of Engagement (ROEs) Repeatedly Cost America Victory in War, Starting with Vietnam? And if So, Why Do We Continue Fighting Non-Defensive Wars?”]