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Director:
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) and
Walter Kelley (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 January 1977 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
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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Did You Know?

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:
Factual errors: The German machine guns shown in the film are portraying MG42s, a weapon commonly known as having a high rate of fire (around 1,200-1,500 rpm). The machine guns we see and hear in the film are actually M53s, the postwar Yugoslavian copy of the MG42 with a much slower rate of fire (500-600rpm).See more »
Quotes:
Captain Kiesel:They're rolling up both flanks, it's chaos.
Colonel Brandt:That need no longer concern you. You are to report at once to general headquarters. You're being evacuated.
Captain Kiesel:I can't leave the command, sir.
Colonel Brandt:While I am still in a condition to issue orders those orders will be obeyed.
Captain Kiesel:I'm prepared to disobey that order, sir.
Colonel Brandt:You've been around Steiner too long. Come, listen to me for a moment... For many of us Germans the exterminator is long overdue, but I have decided that you are worth saving.
Captain Kiesel:But I'm part of all this. There are better people than me. Most of them are being killed out there.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oh, Du wunderschöner WesterwaldSee more »

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53 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
A Military Favourite, 2 September 2004
Author: vimhawk from London

I can't add much to these reviews except to comment that I've found this film to be a great favourite among real soldiers. I once got to deliver the classic line to a Major and a Captain about hating all officers. Luckily(?) they knew I was quoting from the film!

I'm not bothered about the assortment of accents in the cast (that others have mentioned). It seems to me that if you believe in their situation and have immersed yourself in the film, as it was easy for me to do, then you don't even notice them after a while. I would argue that the cast (in terms of dialogue) in Private Ryan is far more of a problem, since these seem to be 1990s guys transported back to 1944 and are far too 'knowing'. Moreover, in Private Ryan I kept stepping back from the film feeling that I was simply being manipulated by the director. COI is far more chilling. I really liked (if that's the word) a scene where an artillery explosion killed both Germans and Soviets. Kind of emphasises the 'war is hell' message without preaching or being manipulative.

I think Steiner is one of the greatest military characters ever to appear on film (for what its worth, Gregory Peck as Savage in Twelve O'Clock High, and Jeff Daniels as Chamberlain in Gettysburg are also up there). I must say I didn't really like the ending, but I can't suggest a better one, but as an alternate "ending" I would certainly recommend that people *do not* see the awful sequel 'Sergeant Steiner' with Richard Burton(!) as Steiner.

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