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Cross of Iron

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7.42 h 12 min197718
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Directors
Sam Peckinpah
Starring
James MasonDieter SchidorKlaus L?witsch
Genres
ActionDramaInternational
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Roger FritzVadim GlownaDavid WarnerBurkhard DriestJames CoburnMaximilian Schell
Studio
AVCO Embassy Pictures
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1480 global ratings

  1. 78% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
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PaulReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Cross To Victory
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Legendary Director Sam Pekinpah's retelling of The Will Heinrich Novel Cross Of Iron is an absorbing Battle of wits between German and Russian soldiers. Not since 1930s All Quiet On The Western Front as The horror's of frontline warfare been captured so vividly and brutally. James Coburn heads what should have been an Oscar winning performance as Corporal Steiner a soldier awarded The iron cross who becomes bitter with The whole Hitler war machine he is involved with. Pekinpah captures some Truly memorable performances from The outstanding cast he has assembled. Hollywood Legend James Mason coming To The end of his remarkable career when he made Cross Of Iron as a war weary senior officer is Truly memorable. on The other side of The scale we have our own David Warner really just kick starting his own impressive movie career as a Troubled soldier under The command of Steiner. The only real female lead in The movie in a short cameo as a Nurse helping The wounded Steiner back To health is Senta Berger. Berger was a screen beauty in her day who had really been in semi retirement prior To cross of iron yet her relatively short Time in The movie you find yourself riveted To The screen with her. Cross Of Iron is filled with many of Sam Pekinpah's famous Trademarks The slow motion death scenes as soldiers are brutally mowed down from guns Tanks all in slow motion. The Blu-ray Transfer is outstanding as a Green look about it as The many Trench and forest scenes are captured beautifully . an impressive set of extras really make This Disc full English and German Trailers for The movie interviews with James Coburn, Senta Berger, and David Warner and an in depth Documentary on legendary film maker Sam Pecinpah himself. That fine actor Orson Wells once remarked That Cross Of Iron could well be The Greatest war movie ever made.and you know Mr Wells could might well be right it's certainly one of The best movies about The German army itself if you know what I mean. I will however leave it up To you To decide in The meantime This is an outstanding five star release.
22 people found this helpful
Ynys Mon1Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant anti war - war movie
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This film stayed with me from the first time I saw it in the 80’s and it’s great to have it on my Amazon account now. The actors and action is all second to non. The story is harrowing and poignant of the horror of fighting an already lost war, and the internal squabbles and politics. It is on a grand scale, pre CGI and therefore authentic and brilliant. It to mention the awesome opening credits.
2 people found this helpful
ElleppiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The human and bitter side of war in one of Peckinpah's best films, on a very remarkable blu ray
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THE BLU RAY.
Very good HD transfer, maintaining the original and fascinating dirt and grain, with a pretty good audio quailty and interesting extra, including a long abstract of Passion and Poetry, a german documentary on Peckimpah.
THE FILM
One of his best and least known. A brave and bitter tale of misery, courage and desperation from the "wrong" point of view: that of the german side.
You find his main topics like honor, rebellion toward authority, pervert fascination for violence and war and an even bigger sense of nihilism and lack of hope.
With a gigantic James Coburn (maybe at the levels of Leone's Duck you sucker!") and James Mason, subtle, mean and however fragile and passive/aggressive like he could only do like that.
13 people found this helpful
stevenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gritty warfare
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Great film which shows the brutality of war on the Eastern Front from a German perspective. Following Steiners platoon it shows the personal aspects of war from brotherly comradeship to petty vindictive ambitions right down to the insanity of it all
3 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 October 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A brutal but authentic looking war film
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Believable characters and brutally realistic battle scenes. The hospital section gives respite from the action, but unfortunately is probably the weakest part with the depiction of Steiner's shell shock and relationship with the nurse being a little laboured. The attention to historical detail is excellent. The T34 tanks are the real thing and Steiner's platoon wear a mish mash of German and scavenged Russian equipment giving an air of authenticity.
9 people found this helpful
ted the head1941Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
achtung !achtung!
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sam peckinpah's only war film,told from the point of view of sgt.steiners' hard but grizzled veteran on the eastern front.james Coburn is in cracking form as sergeant steiner.effects ,explosions realistic as the sounds of the ensuing combat scenes.one of my favourite Hollywood attempts on the great patriotic war,as our Russian allies calledworldwar2.
5 people found this helpful
Retro BritReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Good War Film
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A lot of good parts to this film. It has that Samuel Peckinpah violent signature. Slow motion explosions and blood erupting, etc. It fits with the theme of the war story. It has a very good atmospheric feel about it. Not for the faint hearted where the violence is concerned.
2 people found this helpful
JayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An absolute classic and a must have!
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The ultimate war film with James Coburn playing Sergeant Steiner. He is an aging vet of the war and is in charge of a Recce platoon on the Russian front.

It is full of action and details the horror and camaraderie endured in the second world war. A must have film for the classic war movie collection.
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