Cross of Iron

Cross of Iron

James Coburn
Director: Sam Peckinpah Cast: James Coburn
James Coburn
, Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
, James Mason
James Mason
Sam Peckinpah

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A quote from Bertolt Brecht ends this bitter and angry war film by Sam Peckinpah: "Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again." Peckinpah's intense and belligerently non-commercial work, (based on the book by Willi Heinrich), is a World War II tale told from the German perspective, following a platoon of German soldiers in the Russia of 1943, when the German Wehrmacht forces had been decimated and the Germans were retreating along the Russian front. James Coburn is Steiner, a German corporal and recipient of the Iron Cross who feels that he owes his loyalty to his family and fellow soldiers and not to Hitler and the German war machine. But when a new commander, Captain Stransky (Maximillian Schell), takes over the platoon, Steiner and Stransky come into immediate conflict. Stransky is a career soldier, the complete opposite of Steiner, and a man who pledges himself heart and soul to Hitler and the war. But he envies Steiner for having been awarded an Iron Cross and deeply desires one himself. The problem is Stransky is a complete coward and recognizes that the only way he can be awarded an Iron Cross would be to get the bitter Steiner on his side.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2006
UPC: 0759731410229
Original Release: 1976
Rating: R
Source: Henstooth Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:12:00
Sales rank: 6,495

Special Features

Audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema ; Original theatrical trailer; Photo gallery of German lobby cards; Languages: English, French; New widescreen 16:9 anamorphic transfer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Coburn Sgt. Steiner
Maximilian Schell Capt. Stransky
James Mason Col. Brandt
David Warner Capt. Kiesel
Klaus Löwitsch Kruger
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
Slavko Stimac Mikael
Senta Berger Sister Eva
Ernest Gold Conductor

Technical Credits
Sam Peckinpah Director
Herbert Asmodi Screenwriter
Bert Batt Asst. Director
John Coquillon Cinematographer
Michael Ellis Editor
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Ernest Gold Score Composer
James Hamilton Screenwriter
Wolfgang Hartwig Executive Producer
Ted Haworth Cinematographer
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
Walter Kelley Screenwriter
Helmut Klee Special Effects
Tony Lawson Editor
Richard Richtsfeld Special Effects
Arlene Sellers Producer
Herbert Taschner Editor
Alex Winitsky Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cross of Iron
1. Start [9:01]
2. Captain Stransky [12:46]
3. A Bitter Introduction [15:30]
4. Too Quiet [10:01]
5. Shell Shock [10:46]
6. Back to the Front [8:24]
7. Fighter Attack [12:13]
8. Tank Assault [13:11]
9. Behind Enemy Lines [12:37]
10. The Long Return [10:39]
11. Demarcation [14:57]
12. End Credits [2:07]

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