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During World War II, Cpl. Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) is a well-respected member of the German military and a recipient of the Iron Cross, Germany's highest military honor. Envious of Steiner's award, Capt. Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) clashes with Steiner while leading soldiers into battle along the Russian front. Desperate to receive his own Iron Cross, Stransky takes the credit for a significant attack and sparks a heated rivalry with Steiner.

Cast & Crew

James Coburn
Feldwebel Rolf Steiner
Maximilian Schell
Hauptmann Stransky
James Mason
Oberst Brandt
David Warner
Hauptmann Kiesel
Klaus Lowitsch
Unteroffizier Krüger
Roger Fritz
Leutnant Triebig
Burkhard Driest
Schütze Maag
Fred Stillkraut
Gefreiter Schnurrbart ('Private Mustache')
James Hamilton
Writer
Arlene Sellers
Executive Producer
Alex Winitsky
Executive Producer
Ernest Gold
Original Music
Peter Thomas
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Critic Reviews for Cross of Iron

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (4)

Audience Reviews for Cross of Iron

  • 6d ago
    I think Peckinpah leans into the action a little too much but overall this is one of few war movies that delivers a (mostly) effective anti-war message.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2012
    A very good movie about a women seeking revenge for the death of her husband when she see's the man responsible for his death and her daughters death back on the streets. A thriller and drama with many twist and turns. 4 stars 7-3-12If your a World War 2 film lover don't miss this one. A very good film showing the German side of the war and to my surprise James Coburn plays lead as a German enlisted man who gets the job done. A Clint Eastwood role for sure, Some very good actual film footage in this one. 4 stars. 7-7-12
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2011
    Not one of Sam Peckinpah's best films - it's oddly structured, features some less than great performances and is very brash. Nevertheless, it has a very strong anti-war message.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2009
    Peckinpah is a nut. The thing about him is that he can orchestrate one hell of an action sequence. The war sequences in this film are fantastic and some of the most realistic I have seen in recent memory. The brutality of war and what it does not only to the body, but also to the mind are explored really well here. James Coburn gives a great performance, but there are moments that are a little over the top even for a war movie. I understand the controversy of it considering it is told from the point of view of the Nazi's and I am surprised this film hasn't been locked in a vault somewhere in this day and age, but it's a pretty straight forward war movie all the same. There are some strange moments that took me out of the film and I really didn't understand them (the ending is just plain weird). At the end of the day, the cast and the war scenes really save this movie because otherwise it's all over the place. Another Sam Peckinpah trademark.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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