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Release Date:
28 January 1977 (West Germany) See more »
The Power of Peckinpah Has Never Been So Real...Or So Brilliant! See more »
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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)
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 .... orchestration
Other crew
Peter Brayham .... action arranger
Marilyn Clarke .... production secretary
Stipe Gurdulic .... technical services and facilities supervisor: Jadran 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
Mike Russell .... publicist (uncredited)
Ron Hosberle .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by
Tim Page .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by

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Also Known As:
132 min | USA:119 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color (archive footage) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 (MPAA rating: certificate #24747) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

At 48 James Coburn was widely felt to be too old to play Corporal Steiner.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the final assault, Russian soldiers are seen firing a PTRS-41 Anti-Tank rifle. The bullet fired caused, upon impact, a massive explosion killing a few German soldiers. That weapon never fired a high-explosive round, and even if it did, the caliber was way too small to create an explosion of such magnitude. The PTRS-41 fired a 14.5×114mm bullet designed for taking out early tanks and trucks.See more »
Sargeant Steiner:You shoot him... sir.
Captain Stransky:I will... on the spot.
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138 out of 153 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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