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Cross Of Iron

Released on 29 January 2007

Featuring: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell & James Mason

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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1943: a German platoon suffers heavy bombardment from surrounding Soviet troops as they try to affect their withdrawal from Russia: knowing that defeat is inevitable, their only goal is survival...
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 Average rating (6 reviews)

 Cross of Iron

| | See all salve01's reviews (1)

I cant remember this brilliant film ever being on television, which has done this little known movie no favours.
It stars James Coburn in an unusual yet Brilliant role of a battle hardened/weary Wehrmacht sergeant on the Russian eastern front who has taken it upon himself to see that what remains of his equally battle hardened platoon gets through the conflict safely to the best of his ability, but what with the interference of a ruthless Prussian Nazi officer and the fierce red army the situation becomes increasingly difficult.
The film is brilliant,in the fact, that even in the face of the brutality of this particular part of world war 2, the director Sam Peckinpah still manages to include some touching moments and humorous ones. well worth adding to your war film collection

 A truly fine war movie

| | See all dartmoor's reviews (2)

This is, undoubtedly, a MUST-SEE!!!
Quite overwhelmingly powerful in its simplistic, understated study of human behaviour set against a backdrop of appalling destruction..


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I first saw this film in 1977 when it was released. It blew me away. The Taman peninsular (Crimea) was actually part of the German retreat, This film still holds up as if was made today. Sam Peckinpah at his finest!!!

 Sam's Last Stand

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Like the army his film portrays, Sam Peckinpah was in retreat by the time he made "Cross of Iron" and many consider this his last stand, a final counter-attack before the rout that was "Convoy". Following the commercial and critical failures of "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia", he'd been forced to prostitute himself and turn in the lacklustre "The Killer Elite". But not only that, his various addictions were starting to get the better of him and have a serious effect on his professional output. So the miraculous thing is that "Cross of Iron" is almost a return to his previous blistering form and certainly ranks amongst his best films.

James Coburn's career was also on the slide by this time and in much the same way as his director, he found it in himself to give a performance which I've read he considered his best. The rest of the cast are pretty well pitch-perfect too: Maximillian Schell as Captain Stransky, whose arrogance is only matched by his cowardice; James Mason as war-weary Colonel Brandt; David Warner as the incontinent cynic Captain Kiesel; and Senta Berger in a notably unambiguous part for a Peckinpah woman as Nurse Eva.

The action might be bloody, at times wincingly so, but what emerges through all the smoke and gore is the tragedy of men who are at odds with what they're doing and yet have no other existence, something understood by Eva who says to the departing Steiner, "Are you afraid what you'd be without it (the war)?"

As to whether this film deserves five stars or only four, the answer is probably four and a half, the missing half star due to narrative confusion at one point and the mish-mash of accents, some British, some German and one American. However, these are small points, since what the viewer will take away with him are memories of so-vivid-you're-almost-there battle scenes and the aching sense of doom that lingers over all the characters.

One point of trivia: this is the only Peckinpah film to spawn a sequel, the seldom seen "Sergeant Steiner" made the following year with Richard Burton in the title role.

 Not a bad film

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This is one of those lesser heard of WWII films. Great perfomance from James Coburn in the lead role. The film revolves around the volatile relationship between Coburn and his superior officer played by Maximilian Schell who is desperate to return to Germany with an Iron Cross. If you can get past the quite honstly disturbing music to the opening credits your in for a treat!

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ActorsJames Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner & Senta Berger
DirectorSam Peckinpah
Certificate18 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 16:9
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Mono
Duration2 hours and 7 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.