Cross of Iron

Cross of Iron

Sam Peckinpah (1977)

18 Certificate


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Director Sam Peckinpah switches from westerns such as The Wild Bunch to another kind of savagery - Germans in retreat on the Russian Front during the Second World War - and makes this as graphic an anti-war film as anything since All Quiet on the Western Front. In this adaptation of a book by Willi Heinrich, James Coburn plays the disillusioned sergeant, sickened by slaughter and the double dealings of officers such as Maximilian Schell. There's little room for women in Peckinpah's exercise in macho ideals, though an encounter with female guerrillas shows them exacting revenge with dreadful results. This is bloody action, elegantly choreographed to chilling effect.


A cynical German sergeant is disillusioned by the conflict and bloodshed while serving on the Russian front in 1943 during the Nazis' forced retreat - and more so by a cowardly officer's desperation to be awarded the Iron Cross, no matter the risk to his men. Sam Peckinpah's Second World War drama, starring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner.

Cast & Crew

Steiner James Coburn
Stransky Maximilian Schell
Brandt James Mason
Kiesel David Warner
Kruger Klaus Lowitsch
Kern Vadim Glowna
Triebig Roger Fritz
Anselm Dieter Schidor
Maag Burkhardt Driest
Director Sam Peckinpah
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EMI DistsGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray