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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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2 wins See more »
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If you like (anti-)war movies like All Quiet on the Western Front than this is a movie you shouldn't miss See more (159 total) »

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 ... Corporal Joseph Keppler(orderly) (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
Robin Gutteridge .... special effects
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
Denis Fraser .... key grip (as Dennis Fraser)
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)
 
Thanks
Ron Hosberle .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by
Tim Page .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by
 

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Runtime:
132 min | USA:119 min
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Australia:M (alternate rating) | Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Australia:R18+ (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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Trivia:
At 48 James Coburn was widely felt to be too old to play Corporal Steiner. The man his character was based on, Johann Schwerdfeger, was only 28 in the summer of 1943.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 Kiesel:Steiner... is a myth. Men like him are our last hope... and in that sense, he is a truly dangerous man.See more »
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56 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
If you like (anti-)war movies like All Quiet on the Western Front than this is a movie you shouldn't miss, 2 March 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

I have to admit that I had some reserves about this movie before watching it. Although my mother told me this is one of her favorite war movies ever (yes I know, it may sound a bit strange, but we have the same taste for war movies), I also saw a rather bad score on IMDb (about 6.6 at the time). Well, now that I've seen it, I can only say that this movie will be in my top 5 of war movies. This movie shows war the way it actually is: dirty, deadly, tragic,... and with plenty of losers, but no winners. In this movie you won't find any glorification of fake patriotism or dying for a good cause that only politicians in their ivory towers seem to know. No, this movie shows the war in its purest and most horrifying form.

It brings us the story of Rolf Steiner, a veteran hardened by the war, who leads his men through every battle and dangerous situation, but who also takes care that they will survive the madness. Than a Prussian officer, who volunteered to leave the quiet, battle-free world of France for the real action in Russia, joins his fighting group. The man thinks of only one thing: to get an iron cross as fast as possible, so his family can be proud and shouldn't see him as a disgrace to their military tradition. This leads to a lot of problems between the two of course and gradually the tension cumulates until it explodes...

I don't know if the story is based on true facts, but the movie certainly gives a good idea of what the war at the Eastern Front was like, especially after the Germans had suffered a major loss in Stalingrad. They had to retread, but had to take care that they didn't get overwhelmed by the Soviet troops when doing so; a lot of the man had lost faith in victory; no prisoners were taken, but were shot at the spot; optimism had made place for cynicism ... It all feels very real and believable.

And the feeling of realism can also be found in the way of filming. Some might say Peckinpah experimented too much with slow-motion, hand-held camera's,... but personally I believe it only gives an extra dimension to this movie, giving it that extra touch that makes it different from so many mediocre Hollywood productions. I really liked the way he followed the action closely, making you feel like you are part of it yourself, but what really sparked my interest was the contrast between the child's voice singing a "happy" song and the images of the horrors of the war at the beginning and the end of the movie. That really made shivers go down my spine.

If I thought about anti-war movies, I always used to name the World War I classic "All Quiet on the Western Front" (the 1930 version as well as the remake from 1979), but from now on I'll have to add one extra movie: Cross of Iron. If you are a fan of realistic (anti-)war movies, than this is a movie you shouldn't miss. I give it a 9/10.

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