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Cross of Iron (1977)

R | | Drama, War | 10 February 1977 (UK)
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A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) (as Julius Epstein), Walter Kelley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Vadim Glowna ... Gefreiter (Pvt.) Kern
Roger Fritz Roger Fritz ... Leutnant (Lt.) Triebig
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ... Anselm
Burkhard Driest Burkhard Driest ... Schütze Maag
Fred Stillkrauth Fred Stillkrauth ... Unteroffizier (Cpl.) Schnurrbart ('Private Mustache') (as Fred Stillkraut)
Michael Nowka Michael Nowka ... Dietz
Véronique Vendell ... Marga (as Veronique Vendell)
Arthur Brauss ... Zoll
Senta Berger ... Eva
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Storyline

In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann Stransky is assigned as the new commander of his squad. After a bloody battle of Steiner's squad against the Russian troops led by the brave Lieutenant Meyer, who dies in the combat, the coward Stransky claims that he led his squad against the Russian and requests to be awarded with the Iron Cross to satisfy his personal ambition together with that of his aristocratic family. Stransky gives the names of Steiner and of the homosexual Lieutenant Triebig as witnesses of his accomplishment, but Steiner, who has problems with the chain of command in the army and with the arrogance of Stransky, refuses to participate in the fraud. When Colonel Brandt gives the order to leave the position in the front, Stransky does not retransmit the order to Steiner's squad, and they are left alone surrounded by the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Men on the front lines of Hell. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English | Russian | French | German

Release Date:

10 February 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sargeant Steiner See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Closing credits: The story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, places, buildings and products is intended or should be inferred. See more »

Goofs

When the Russian woman bathing in the washtub stands up, bikini tan lines are visible. See more »

Quotes

Sargeant Steiner: To tell you the truth I'm beginning to enjoy it.
Sargeant Steiner: What do you want?
Sargeant Steiner: Sitting in some mudhole someplace waiting for the top of your head to be blown off?
Sargeant Steiner: At least here we're free.
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Crazy Credits

In the End Credits in the North American BETA/VHS & DVD versions of the movie "Cross of Iron"(1977), there is the following quote: "Don't rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard, The bitch that bore him is in heat again." Bertolt Brecht See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions were also released in Germany, running 122 and 133 min. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Du wunderschöner Westerwald
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And I will show you where the Iron Crosses grow.
3 March 2005 | by Nick BeaudineSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that I needed to watch a second time and do a little research on. Once again, "Bloody" Sam didn't let me down. This is definitely a different war film from its time and now. Peckinpah's directed this in a great fashion that hasn't been seen I have not seen his films since "The Wild Bunch". I was lucky enough to have found the 133 minute version in a rental store. I hope one day to see this version on DVD in widescreen. James Coburn is once again in a great role as Steiner. He is also supported by the great James Mason, Maximillian Schell in his best role since "Judgment at Nuremberg", and David Warner. The film had some fine editing and slow motion shots, good underscore, and a solid script. It is a tragedy that Peckinpah went so over budget that they had to end the movie half way through the script. I hope one day that somebody will remake this in the eyes of Peckinpah, and be able to film the entire film.


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