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Director:
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) and
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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 »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(28 articles)
Chris Munro: A Filmmaker Who Specializes in Sound
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Maximilian Schell obituary
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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)
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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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Runtime:
132 min | USA:119 min
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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:
The pistol Stransky draws to shoot the teenage Russian prisoner at the first meeting with Steiner is a Model 1934 Beretta.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In an already described scene, where Russian soldiers are singing Yugoslav song "Oy Kozaro", there are some more mistakes. The Russian soldiers are all wearing regular Yugoslav People's Army uniforms from the mid '70s, the trucks are model TAM (made in Slovenia for YU army between 1960-75), the registration plates on the trucks are regular registration plates of YU Army.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Stransky:I will show you how a true Prussian officer fights.
Sargeant Steiner:Then I will show you, where the Iron Crosses grow.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Windtalkers (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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112 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
Peckinpah's intense, chilling masterpiece, 5 October 2002
Author: gt-14 from Canberra, Australia

Cross Of Iron is a masterpiece, one of the greatest anti-war, anti-authoritarian movies. It is one of director Sam Peckinpah's two finest works -- the other being The Wild Bunch. It deserves to be ranked in the same great war movie company as Apocalypse Now, Das Boot, Full Metal Jacket, Paths Of Glory, Saving Private Ryan, Seven Samurai, and Zulu. Its setting on the World War Two Eastern Front, its gruesomeness, and its risk-taking viewpoint on ugly combat from the German side, have tended to count against fair assessment of its considerable artistic achievements. Viewers wary of the morality of its German viewpoint and its explicitness might find that it is fundamentally about humanity in general as a victim of war. The film reflects on the humanity which may be found on all sides of conflict--including Russian humanity portrayed variously as relentless, innocent, brave, and feminine.

Cross Of Iron opens with an intense, chilling montage of nursery rhyme, propaganda, combat newsreel and atrocity. By the end of the main title the montage subtly introduces the central characters, a German reconnaissance unit patrolling on the 1943 Russian front.

This 1977 film set rarely matched standards of cinematic mayhem. Cross Of Iron explosions don't look merely like pretty fireballs -- they blast fragments, rocks and debris, leaving no doubt as to why blood gouts from stumps of limbs and shrapnel-shredded entrails. Amid the screams of wounded and dying, as dust subsides from a mortar barrage, an artillery piece shorn of its crew by a near hit swings across a pocked battlefield, its traversing wheel spinning under its own momentum. The carnage occurs in the choreographed slow motion which Peckinpah made his signature.

James Coburn turns in one of his finest roles as Rolf Steiner, a highly decorated NCO who leads a German reconnaissance squad. Steiner fights less for his country than for his comrades. He has low opinions of class and rank distinctions. He is contemptuous both of Nazism and the aristocratic Prussian arrogance of his new superior officer, Captain Stransky, played with great style by Maximilian Schell. But there are hints of a dark side. Although Steiner is articulate and philosophical he has no answer when his love interest during an enforced break from battle, nurse Eva (Senta Berger), bitterly accuses him of being afraid of what he would be without the war.

Among the many fine supporting performances, James Mason plays the war-weary Colonel Brandt. He sees the immorality and futility of German war aims, but his sense of honour and duty about the prevailing struggle makes ceasing to fight unthinkable. David Warner plays Brandt's out-of-place and out-of-time adjutant, Captain Kiesel, who represents to his colonel the hope that a more enlightened postwar Germany might arise from the ashes of inevitable defeat.

War movie buffs irritated by the technical inaccuracies common in many examples of the genre will find some satisfaction in attention to authenticity of weaponry. A range of genuine WWII German and Russian small arms appears. The T 34/85 tanks are real, although the very picky might argue that this is at least six months premature, and that for the summer of '43 they should be T 34/76. Tactics at times deviate from the textbooks, but this is a drama, not a combat manual.

At the time of writing, this great film of a great American director lacks the high quality collectors' edition Zone 1 DVD release it deserves. The Warner Home Video Zone 2 release available through www.amazon.co.uk has the high quality video and sound which have been missing from the non-studio Zone 1 releases. This film is a must-have for war movie fans.

Update as at September 2011: It appears that only the DVD and Blu-ray releases of this film for the European market - notably those published by Studio Canal - are good quality transfers, as well as being in the original widescreen aspect ratio. Studio Canal's Blu-ray release (encoded for Region B only) is significantly better even than their DVD. It shows so much more detail compared to the DVD releases, for example, that the lettering and designs of German military awards like the Krim and Kuban Shield shoulder insignia can be seen clearly on screen, and wine and beer bottle labels are easily read. The Blu-ray is available from Amazon.co.uk, but can be played only on Region B-capable Blu-ray decks. Extras on this Blu-ray include a gem, a documentary by Mike Siegel called "Passion & Poetry - Sam Peckinpah's War". This gives fascinating insight into the making of "Cross of Iron" and Peckinpah's directorial style through contemporary and later interviews with James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger, Maximilian Schell, Roger Fritz, Vadim Glowna, Katy Haber and Peckinpah himself. It includes a shot of Peckinpah reminiscing proudly about receiving a telegram from Orson Welles saying it was 'one of the finest war films ever made'.

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