Cross of Iron

Cross of Iron (1977)

On the Eastern front in 1943, the German soldiers no longer had any ideals. They were not fighting for the Party—but for their lives!

  • Genre: Drama, Action, History, War
  • Release Date: 1977-01-29
  • User Rating: 7.1/10 from 389 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 12min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: Rapid Film
  • Production Country: Germany, United Kingdom
  • Director: Sam Peckinpah
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It is 1943, and the German army—ravaged and demoralised—is hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of the madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous Corporal Steiner. Stransky is the only man who believes that the Third Reich is still vastly superior to the Russian army. However, within his pompous persona lies a quivering coward who longs for the Iron Cross so that he can return to Berlin a hero. Steiner, on the other hand is cynical, defiantly non-conformist and more concerned with the safety of his own men rather than the horde of military decorations offered to him by his superiors.

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  • James Coburn

    as Unteroffizier / Feldwebel Rolf Steiner
  • Maximilian Schell

    as Hauptmann Stransky
  • James Mason

    as Oberst Brandt
  • David Warner

    as Hauptmann Kiesel
  • Klaus Löwitsch

    as Unteroffizier Krüger
  • Vadim Glowna

    as Gefreiter Kern
  • Roger Fritz

    as Leutnant Treibig
  • Dieter Schidor

    as Anselm
  • Burkhard Driest

    as Schütze Maag
  • Fred Stillkrauth

    as Unteroffizier Schnurrbart
  • Michael Nowka

    as Dietz
  • Véronique Vendell

    as Marga
  • Arthur Brauss

    as Zoll
  • Senta Berger

    as Eva
  • Demeter Bitenc

    as Hauptmann Pucher (uncredited)
  • Igor Galo

    as Leutnant Meyer (uncredited)
  • Katherine Haber

    as Nurse Sadie Finkelstein (uncredited)
  • Wolf C. Hartwig

    as Hartwig (uncredited)
  • Wolfgang Hess

    as Schütze Maag (voice) (uncredited)
  • Sweeney MacArthur

    as Boy Soldier (uncredited)
  • Irfan Mensur

    as Partizan Soldier (uncredited)
  • Hermina Pipinić

    as Ruskinja (uncredited)
  • Robert Rietti

    as German Officer (voice) (uncredited)
  • Dragomir Stanojević

    as Corporal Joseph Keppler (uncredited)
  • Slavko Štimac

    as Michail (uncredited)
Directing Sam Peckinpah Director
Production Wolf C. Hartwig Producer
Production Alex Winitsky Producer
Camera John Coquillon Director of Photography
Sound Ernest Gold Original Music Composer
Editing Murray Jordan Editor
Editing Tony Lawson Editor
Editing Michael Ellis Editor
Writing Willi Heinrich Novel
Production Arlene Sellers Producer
Writing Walter Kelley Screenplay
Writing Julius J. Epstein Screenplay
Writing James Hamilton Screenplay
Production Lothar H. Krischer Co-Producer
Editing Mark Winitsky Editorial Services
Camera Branko Knez First Assistant Camera
Crew Peter Brayham Stunt Coordinator
Camera Lars Looschen Still Photographer
Sound Ernest Gold Music
Editing George Akers Assistant Editor
Sound John Richards Music
Directing Bert Batt Assistant Director
Art Harold Michelson Art Direction
Art Brian Ackland-Snow Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Colin Arthur Makeup Artist
Art Ted Haworth Production Design
Art Veljko Despotović Art Direction
Directing Chris Carreras Assistant Director
Camera Denis Fraser Grip
Directing Trudy von Trotha Script Supervisor
Editing Herbert Taschner Additional Editing
Crew Richard Richtsfeld Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Evelyn Döhring Hairstylist
Crew Milan Mitić Stunts
Sound Gerard Schurmann Orchestrator
Directing Mark Winitsky Assistant Director
Camera Herbert Smith Camera Operator
Production Dieter Nobbe Production Supervisor
Directing Branislav Brana Srdić Assistant Director
Sound Robin Clarke Music Editor
Production Katherine Haber Production Assistant