The Last Days of Patton
The Last Days of Patton is a 1986 made-for-television film sequel to the 1970 film Patton, which portrays the last few months of the general's life. George C. Scott reprises the role of General George S. Patton, and Eva Marie Saint portrays Beatrice Patton, the general's wife. The film was directed by Delbert Mann.
General George S. Patton
- I have done my best, and the rest can go to hell. When a man's done his best, what more is there?
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: Now, about this Wangenheim you ride with.
- GEN George S. Patton: He's a fine horseman! Won a gold medal in the '36 Olympics.
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: [Flatly] He was a Colonel in the SS.
- GEN George S. Patton: So I understand.
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: And that's all you understand?
- GEN George S. Patton: Look, I realize sometimes I'm a... political embarassment to you. But Bavaria is running like a clock! I've got that place moving, and we're going to be on our feet before any other part of Germany! But, if it is an embarassment to you, if it's causing you problems with getting into the White House-
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: What did you say?!
- GEN George S. Patton: I think you'd make a great President!
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: Oh, don't give me that crap!
- GEN George S. Patton: I'd campaign for you myself!
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: Shut up, George! Listen! If you think what I'm telling you is motivated by personal interests, you're badly mistaken. And you're impugning my honor.
- GEN George S. Patton: There's nothing dishonorable about seeking political office.
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: It's your mouth, George! You can't control it, you never could- and I'll tell you something else. It's gotten so bad that some people think there's something wrong with you. Now, I admire you, but I've got to face facts. You're just no military governor. I think it would be in your best interests if you gave up command of the Third Army.
- GEN George S. Patton: You're relieving me?
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: I'm transferring you. General Jerrow is going home. I'm giving you command of the Fifteenth Army in Bad Nauheim.
- GEN George S. Patton: Fifteenth? That's a paper army, they're writing a history of the war! That's no army, they never fired a shot!
- GOA Dwight Eisenhower: No one has to fire any more shots, George! That's something you've got to understand! The war is over! Now, I admire you. Your audacity. Your ability. But, those very qualities that make you great in wartime are a pain in the neck in peacetime! [Long pause] If you'd like to spend the night, you're welcome to stay with me, but I imagine you'd rather get home as soon as possible.
- GEN George S. Patton: [Nods and gets up] I'll leave now.