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Director:
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
28 January 1977 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The Power of Peckinpah Has Never Been So Real...Or So Brilliant! See more »
Plot:
In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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James Coburn ... Unteroffizier Feldwebel (S / Sgt.) Rolf Steiner

Maximilian Schell ... Hauptmann (Capt.) Stransky

James Mason ... Oberst (Col.) Brandt

David Warner ... Hauptmann (Capt.) Kiesel
Klaus Löwitsch ... Unteroffizier (Cpl.) Krüger
Vadim Glowna ... Gefreiter (Pvt.) Kern
Roger Fritz ... Leutnant (Lt.) Triebig
Dieter Schidor ... Anselm
Burkhard Driest ... Schütze Maag
Fred Stillkrauth ... Unteroffizier (Cpl.) Schnurrbart ('Private Mustache') (as Fred Stillkraut)
Michael Nowka ... Dietz
Véronique Vendell ... Marga (as Veronique Vendell)
Arthur Brauss ... Zoll

Senta Berger ... Eva
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Braut ... Unteroffizier Feldwebel (S / Sgt.) Rolf Steiner (voice: German version) (uncredited)
Heinz Engelmann ... Oberst (Col.) Brandt (voice: German version) (uncredited)
Igor Galo ... Leutnant (Lt.) Meyer (uncredited)

Katherine Haber ... Nurse Sadie Finkelstein (uncredited)
Wolfgang Hess ... Schütze Maag (voice: German version) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sweeney MacArthur ... Boy Soldier (uncredited)
Ivica Pajer ... (uncredited)
Thomas Piper ... Hauptmann (Capt.) Kiesel (voice: German version) (uncredited)
Hermina Pipinic ... Ruskinja (uncredited)
Nedim Prohic ... (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... German Officer (voice) (uncredited)
Dragomir Stanojevic ... (uncredited)
Slavko Stimac ... Michail (uncredited)
Vladan Zivkovic ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) (as Julius Epstein) and
Walter Kelley (screenplay) &
James Hamilton (screenplay)

Willi Heinrich (based on the book by)

Produced by
Wolf C. Hartwig .... producer
Pat Duggan .... associate producer (uncredited)
Lothar H. Krischer .... co-producer (uncredited)
Arlene Sellers .... producer (uncredited)
Alex Winitsky .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Ellis 
Tony Lawson 
Murray Jordan (uncredited)
Herbert Taschner (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Brian Ackland-Snow  (as Brian Ackland Snow)
Ted Haworth 
 
Art Direction by
Veljko Despotovic (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... makeup supervisor
Evelyn Döhring .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Dieter Nobbe .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Chris Carreras .... second assistant director
Milos Antic .... assistant director (uncredited)
Branislav Brana Srdic .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mark Winitsky .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Rodney Holland .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... dubbing mixer
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Marton Jankov-Tomica .... boom operator (uncredited)
Herbert Taschner .... dubbing director: German version (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Helmut Klee .... special effects
Richard Richtsfeld .... special effects
Robin Cutteridge .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Milan Mitic .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Breeze .... assistant cameraman
Dennis Fraser .... key grip
Lars Looschen .... stills photographer
Herbert Smith .... camera operator (as Herbie Smith)
Branko Knez .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Josef Satzinger .... wardrobe supervisor (as Joseph Satzinger)
 
Editorial Department
George Akers .... assistant editor
Pat Brennan .... assistant editor
Ronny Reyer .... assistant editor
Mark Winitsky .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Ernest Gold .... conductor
John Richards .... music recording engineer
Gerard Schurmann .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Peter Brayham .... action arranger
Marilyn Clarke .... production secretary
Stipe Gurdulic .... technical services and facilities supervisor: Tadran Film Zagreb
Katherine Haber .... production assistant to director
Ron Haeberle .... stills by courtesy of: (as Ron Haeberle-Tim Page © Time Inc. 1977)
Tim Page .... stills by courtesy of: (as Ron Haeberle-Tim Page © Time Inc. 1977)
A.D. Schrodek .... military consultant (as Major A. D. Schrodek)
Arlene Sellers .... presenter
Claus von Trotha .... military consultant (as Claus Von Trotha)
Trudy von Trotha .... script supervisor (as Trudy Von Trotha)
Alex Winitsky .... presenter
 
Thanks
Ron Hosberle .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by
Tim Page .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cross of Iron" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
132 min | USA:119 min
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Black and White (archive footage) | Color (archive footage) | Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M (alternate rating) | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1999) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1977) | France:12 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2011) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1999) (2006) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Steiner carries a Russian PPSh-41 submachine gun originally chambered for 7.62x25 Tokarev, a round the Germans did not (officially) use. But the 41 was easily rebarrelled for 9 millimeter parabellum round, which the Germans did use, and the weapon was, in fact, adopted by the Germans as the MP717(r). While the drum magazine worked with 9mm ammo, the Russian curved stick magazine did not. If the Germans chose to use stick magazines with this gun, they had to modify the magazine housing to accept German issue MP38/40 magazines. However, doing this would prevent the use of the drum magazines. So Steiner's weapon, therefore, may be in the original caliber, or may have been rebarrelled for 9mm parabellum, but had not been modified for German stick magazines.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Many Russian infantrymen in the film are carrying Mosin-Nagant (M-N) M44 Carbines, some with extended bayonets. However, the M44 did not enter service until the year 1944, and the battle depicted in the movie took place in 1943. The standard Russian rifles during that year were the older M-N M1891/30 rifle and the M-N M38 carbine.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Stransky:A world without women. It's an old theory of mine. Men can get along without women easily. Easily. I tell you a man's true destiny is not just breeding children, all this childbirth and chocolate, but to be free. To rule and to fight. In other words: to lead a man's existence. Women are no more than a nuisance. Sometimes necessary.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »
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126 out of 137 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Classic, 20 April 2002
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

When Nazi Germany invaded The Soviet Union in 1941 it led to the worst carnage in human history . From June 1941 to the final battle of Berlin in April 1945 the conflict between the Nazis and red army cost the lives of 35 million people. IF you look upon the war between Hitler and Stalin as being separate from all the other campaigns of conflict in the second world war then the campaign in Eastern Europe is the bloodiest conflict in the history of mankind. Something that seems very unlikely to be exceeded . Alas however western film makers seem reluctant to acknowledge this . Off the top of my head I can think of only 3 American / European movies to be set on the Eastern front: ENEMY AT THE GATES , STALINGRAD and CROSS OF IRON.

I first saw CROSS OF IRON in 1983 and have seen it umpteen times since then. This is an intelligent anti war classic and I never get bored with it. James Coburn , star of many a forgettable lightweight caper movie is perfect as the cynical Sgt Steiner. For the first time in his career he shows he has presence and probably gives his best performance in any film . James Mason is also good , though you have admit has Mason ever been bad ? but the best performance award goes to Maximillian Schell as the villain of the piece. It`d be all too easy to have Schell as a goosestepping Nazi , but Schell`s character is a Prussian aristocrat opposed to fascist egalitarianism . He dislikes the Nazis almost as much as Steiner does.

That`s one of many good aspects of the script , it`s so thoughtful and with one exception it doesn`t show any of the Germans as out and out idealogue fascists. But notice the couple of ironic touches in the film where people say the excuse of " I obey orders. It was none of my doing. I was not responsible " Something that has been said a lot of times during the last century , and the century before that , and the one before that. Guess if you travelled a thousand years` in the future we`d still be hearing that. I also find the script perfectly paced, CROSS OF IRON lasts nearly two and a half hours but no matter how many times I watch it I never find it dragging in any way. I sometimes watch SAVING PRIVATE RYAN but I only watch the first half hour and last half hour `cos the middle of SPR is totally tedious. CROSS OF IRON has a much better script.Maybe the battle scenes of SPR are slightly more gory but at best they`re only as good as the ones in this film. I`d say this is Peckinpah`s best film . The editing during the battle scenes are absolutely superb as we see Soviet soldiers in slo mo , Germans in real time, cutting back to Soviets in real time then Germans in slo mo. Then seeing a cross cut with a Soviet and German dying at the same time.

A classic and unforgivably forgotten film set during the worst conflict in history . In my opinion the greatest WW2 film ever surpassing even DAS BOOT

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