Cross of Iron
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 18, 2006
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: Henstooth Video
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary: Stephen Prince
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Photo Gallery of German Lobby Cards
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner & Senta Berger|
|Performer:||Klaus Lowitsch, Vadim Glowna, Burkhard Driest, Veronique Vendell & Arthur Brauss|
|Directed by||Sam Peckinpah|
|Edited by||Michael Ellis & Tony Lawson|
|Screenplay by||Julius J. Epstein, Walter Kelley & James Hamilton|
|Composition by||Ernest Gold|
|Produced by||Wolf C. Hartwig|
|Director of Photography:||John Coquillon|
The storytelling is vivid, lurid, cynical and at times almost grotesque in its violence.
Sight and Sound
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Cross of Iron would almost seem a proper mea culpa by Peckinpah for his controversial career. Full Review
War is hell, but for Peckinpah it's also the sadist's Olympian joke Full Review
...[The film] retains a profound kinetic charge...
Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- [T]he unusual focus on class conflict still feels fresh and the devastating conclusion is unforgettable.
Rating: 3/5 -- Not Peckinpah's best, but still powerful.
Kansas City Kansan
Rating: 3/4 -- Its complex and vivid portrayal of the absurdity of war, however, prompted none other than Orson Welles to write Peckinpah and proclaim it the finest antiwar film he had ever seen. Full Review
A very strong anti-war message film, set during World War II and told entirely from the German perspective. A German Army Sergeant doggedly struggles to keep his platoon intact while surviving the horrors of the Russian front in 1943.
- Co-produced by Rapid Film GmBH and Terra Film Kunst (Germany). Production services by Palladium Film (Munich).
- Color by Technicolor. Shot in Yugoslavia.
- At the end of the film is a quote from Bertolt Brecht: "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."
- Additional cast: Roger Fritz (Lt. Triebig), Vadim Glowna (Kern), Fred Stillkrauth (Schnurrbart), Burkhardt Driest (Maag), Dieter Schidor (Anselm), Michael Nowka (Dietz), Veronique Vendell (Marga), Arthur Brauss (Zoll), and Slavco Stimac (Russian Boy).
- Additional credits: Joseph Satzinger (wardrobe supervisor), Helmut Klee (special effects), Evelyn Dohring (hairstylist)
- Originally released on video in 1984.
- Originally soundtrack album on EMI Records. Music recorded at the Music Centre, Wembley.
- Copyright 1977 Rapid Film GmbH.
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