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Cross of Iron (1977)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  8 March 1977 (UK)
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In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann ... See full summary »

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Unteroffizier Feldwebel (S / Sgt.) Rolf Steiner
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Hauptmann (Capt.) Stransky
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Oberst (Col.) Brandt
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Hauptmann (Capt.) Kiesel
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Vadim Glowna ...
Gefreiter (Pvt.) Kern
Roger Fritz ...
Leutnant (Lt.) Triebig
Dieter Schidor ...
Anselm
Burkhard Driest ...
Schütze Maag
Fred Stillkrauth ...
Michael Nowka ...
Dietz
Véronique Vendell ...
Marga (as Veronique Vendell)
Arthur Brauss ...
Zoll
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Eva
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In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann Stransky is assigned as the new commander of his squad. After a bloody battle of Steiner's squad against the Russian troops led by the brave Lieutenant Meyer, who dies in the combat, the coward Stransky claims that he led his squad against the Russian and requests to be awarded with the Iron Cross to satisfy his personal ambition together with that of his aristocratic family. Stransky gives the names of Steiner and of the homosexual Lieutenant Triebig as witnesses of his accomplishment, but Steiner, who has problems with the chain of command in the army and with the arrogance of Stransky, refuses to participate in the fraud. When Colonel Brandt gives the order to leave the position in the front, Stransky does not retransmit the order to Steiner's squad, and they are left alone surrounded by the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A sequel called Breakthrough (1979) followed two years later. Only a couple of lesser known actors from the first movie chose to return for the sequel. The better known actors chose not to play their parts again here, so they were replaced by new actors. James Coburn originally intended to play Steiner in the sequel, but then changed his mind and was replaced by an even older Richard Burton. Every returning character save for Steiner himself had a much smaller role in the sequel. The budget was smaller as well and the movie was generally received poorly by fans and critics alike. See more »

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During the starting minutes (about 10-15 after the title credits)of the film, a soldier is shown to be blasted through his waist and back before falling on barbed wire, the gory wound reveals blood bags under the wound which can be very clearly seen. See more »

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Sargeant Steiner: A man is generally what he feels himself to be.
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In the End Credits in the North American BETA/VHS & DVD versions of the movie "Cross of Iron"(1977), there is the following quote: "Don't rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard, The bitch that bore him is in heat again." Bertolt Brecht See more »

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21 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Hey guys, all those of you who say "Saving Private Ryan was better". Of course it was (in some ways).

But it was also filmed 21 years later, in a modern GCI reality, with this film as one of the foundation stone on which it was built.

SPR used obvious cardboard tanks and Hollywood "stars". COI used real equipment and actors who could act, not just pose.

COI did the action shots with real effects, real explosions. SPR did a lot with digital technology. Of course it's a snappier, smoother visual experience, but it has 2 decades of heritage and technology to prop it up.

In my Opinion, COI is one of the 3 best war films of all time. Apocalypse Now had a huge budget in the modern era - COI had 5 yugoslav tanks, and comes a VERY close second. {Don't ask me to pick the third, right now. I have several options, but COI and An are head and shoulders above the rest.} Steiner is a performance of a lifetime for Coburn - should've been an Oscar, IMHO.

This is one of those films I watch several times a year, as a calibration for the other stuff, and for pure fun.

Buy it, watch it, and watch it again, and again...


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