Cross of Iron

Directed By: Sam Peckinpah Starring: James Coburn

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Cross of Iron

by John McCarthy on 10/19/2006

This movie was previously released on DVD but the quality was awful. This current release by Hen's Tooth Video is excellent. This is one of my favorite war movies of all time and is a triumph for Peckinpah, right up there with The Wild Bunch. The photography and Peckinpahs style of directing is cutting edge. The casting is perfect and this is probably James Coburns finest performance. Even though this movie is 30 years old it hasn't lost it's punch. It is a riveting account of a German rear gaurd unit fighting both the Russians and their Captain during the retreat along the Tamin Peninsula set in 1943. For any student of World War II or anyone that just enjoys war movies this movie is right up there with Saving Private Ryan or Farewell to the King. Read More

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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.


Studio Henstooth
SKU 202222114
UPC 759731410229
UPC 14 00759731410229
Format DVD
Release Date 4/18/2006
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 906
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note 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.
Sight and Sound "...[The film] retains a profound kinetic charge..." 07/01/2001 p.62,"The storytelling is vivid, lurid, cynical and at times almost grotesque in its violence." 08/01/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he unusual focus on class conflict still feels fresh and the devastating conclusion is unforgettable." 06/01/2011
Sam Peckinpah
James Coburn
Cast & Crew
Arlene Sellers - Producer
Ernest Gold - Original Music By
James Coburn - Actor
James Mason - Actor
John Coquillon - Cinematographer
Julius J. Epstein, et. al. - Writer
Michael Ellis, et. al. - Editor
Peter Thomas - Original Music By
Sam Peckinpah - Director
Senta Berger - Actor
Vadim Glowna - Actor
Willi Heinrich - Based On Novel By
Wolf C. Hartwig - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 4102
UPC 00759731410229
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource Sgt. Slaughter's Review
Review Other lighter moments of soldiers' humor revolving around farting, lack of bathing facilities and pure dirty nature of trench warfare are simultaneously hilarious and grim. This is easily one of the most engaging films about warfare ever shot.
Reviewer Ben Cressy
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Filmcritic
Review Unfortunately, the movie gives their sparring relatively little screen time as Peckinpah indulges in endless combat scenes (this was his only war movie), which try the patience of viewers who came for the real story.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 6
Special Edition, DVD, Widescreen, French, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Coburn,James
Label Hens Tooth Video Movies
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan ...powerful...

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