Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola & Edmund H. North, based on books by Ladislas Farago and Omar N. Bradley
Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Scott), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Editing and Best Sound; Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Visual Effects; currently #224 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: I like Netflix’s blurb: “a character study masquerading as a World War II film.”
Length: 170 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), October 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for music) c. 3.0/4 (Good).
Everything I can think to judge about it (except for the music, which is terrible and obnoxious) seems good, but for whatever reason I just never got into it. I do have trouble taking George C. Scott seriously in a role so similar to his Doctor Strangelove character, but if anything that should make the movie more entertaining.