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Breakthrough (1979)
"Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz, 2. Teil" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, War  |  January 1981 (USA)
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German sergeant gets involved in anti-Hitler conspiracy, and saves the life of an American colonel.

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Helmut Griem ...
Maj. von Stransky
Klaus Löwitsch ...
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Sgt. Anderson
Werner Pochath ...
Schütze Keppel
Véronique Vendell ...
Yvette (as Veronique Vendell)
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Capt. Kistner
Walter Ullrich ...
Schütze Hauser
Dieter Schidor ...
Cpl. Paul Anselm
Bruno Dietrich ...
Schütze Nissen
Sonja Jeannine ...
Jeanette
Günter Clemens ...
Cpl. Dorfmann
Michael Büttner ...
Schütze Junghans (as Wolfgang Büttner)
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In 1944 German sergeant Rolf Steiner is on the Russian Front where out of frustration he hits an officer. Steiner is sent on leave to Paris to avoid further incidents. In Paris news of the Allied Invasion of Normandy arrive and Steiner meets up with his unit there being recently transferred from Russia. Steiner finds out that his old company commander from the Russian Front, Major Von Stransky, is his new commander. Steiner and Von Stransky hate one another. The German general in charge of the area is General Hofmann who's a member of the conspiracy to kill Hitler. Hofmann hopes to surrender his troops to the Americans. He reveals his plans to Sergeant Steiner and asks Steiner to meet the Americans to negotiate a possible surrender if Hitler is eliminated. When the plot to kill Hitler fails, the surrender plan is in jeopardy. Written by nufs68

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Burton...Mitchum...Steiger...Enemies...Yet Allies In Combat With Destiny!

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Intended as a sequel to The Cross of Iron (1977), the film was barely released at all. See more »

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Stay away -- unless you like bad movies.
8 June 2004 | by (The Treasure State) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that, for me, is tough to categorize/rate. On the one hand, Breakthrough is nothing more than a poorly made B-grade war movie -- hardly worth watching. On the other hand, it's bad enough to make it worth watching -- provided, of course, you have a soft spot in your heart for terrible movies, you have friends who like terrible movies, and, of course, you have enough alcohol to swill while watching it.

What's wrong with it? Well, for starters, the story is fairly ridiculous. Secondly, the score is, for lack of a better term, weird -- it's hardly evocative of Europe in 1944, but more akin to really bad 60s hippie music (or something like that). Burton & Mitchum, both seasoned actors, spend the majority of the film "phoning-in" their lines -- you get the strong impression that this movie was nothing more than "contractual obligation" for the both of them. The other aspect of this film that we thought was really amusing was the number of times a high ranking military officer is out, walking around alone (or with one other person), in the middle of the night, well within the front lines. Who the heck does that!?

The other thing we found odd about this movie, is the fact that the production values reek of late 70s / early 80s made-for-TV-movies. Was this movie originally destined for the small screen?

So, in the end, I would recommend that you avoid this movie. Unless, of course, you enjoy bad movies, and have friends who enjoy bad movies (it would help if they're also self-styled WWII buffs).

Good movie rating: 4/10 Bad movie rating: 6/10


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