Cross Of Iron

1977

Directed By

Sam Peckinpah

Synopsis

WWII, 1943, the Russian front. An arrogant aristocratic Prussian Officer named Stransky (Maximilian Schell) is assigned as the new commander of a German platoon, his only ambition is to win the Iron Cross, in order to maintain his family honour. When Stransky falsely claims credit for bravely leading the squad into a bloody battle against the Russians, he names gutsy Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) as his witness. When Steiner refuses to be complicit, a battle of wills between the two men from very different backgrounds ensures. Then Stransky purposefully fails to relay an order to the squad to fall back from their position, leaving them surrounded by Russian troops and suffering heavy bombardment. Knowing that defeat is inevitable their only goal is survival….

Heralded as the most anti-war war film ever made, Cross of Iron is a bloody and thought-provoking depiction of the horrors of war. As writer and director of this and other such provocative classics as The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, Sam Peckinpah has served as an inspiration for everyone from Tarantino to Kathryn Bigelow.

Cast
James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner & Senta Berger
Other Credits

Based On The Novel By Willi Heinrich

Release Date
13 June 2011
extras
  • New Passion & Poetry – Sam Peckinpah’s War: A documentary by Mike Siegel featuring James Coburn, Senta Berger, David Warner, Vadim Glowna, Roger Fritz, Katy Haber & Sam Peckinpah
  • 1976 on set audio interviews: Sam Peckinpah (5:06) / James Coburn (5:30) / James Mason (6:05) / Maximilian Schell (4:35)
  • Krüger Kisses Kern Featurette
  • Letters From Vadim & Sam Featurette
  • Vadim & Sam – Son & Dad Featurette
  • Cutting Room Floor Featurette
  • Mike’s Homemovies Featurette – Steiner meets Kiesel again
  • Steiner In Japan
  • Restoration Comparison
  • German Trailer
  • USA TV-Spot
  • USA/UK Trailer
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

A brand new restoration from a 2k digital scan

Pressbook

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