Cross of Iron Reviews

  • May 18, 2020

    One of the must see war movies for any fans of the genre. The war scenes were beautifully shot by Sam Peckinpah.

    One of the must see war movies for any fans of the genre. The war scenes were beautifully shot by Sam Peckinpah.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Terrific performance by Coburn.

    Terrific performance by Coburn.

  • Nov 18, 2018

    Bitter and bruising war film with very interesting and thoughtful content amongst the tough action.

    Bitter and bruising war film with very interesting and thoughtful content amongst the tough action.

  • Jan 30, 2018

    A dark, gritty but accurate depiction of the war on the eastern front. A classic Peckinpah film that features solid performances from James Coburn and Maximilian Schell. Worth a watch for any true war film fan.

    A dark, gritty but accurate depiction of the war on the eastern front. A classic Peckinpah film that features solid performances from James Coburn and Maximilian Schell. Worth a watch for any true war film fan.

  • Jul 13, 2017

    Certainly one of the best war movies. Brutal, ,yet thoughtful. Explores attitudes of soldiers.

    Certainly one of the best war movies. Brutal, ,yet thoughtful. Explores attitudes of soldiers.

  • May 14, 2017

    It's a 70's acid film, with all the trippy dialogue and editing you'd expect. I haven't seen Peckinpah's other films, but I imagine they're much the same in style. As a movie in it's own right it's rubbish, but it's tone and non-commerical production clearly endears itself to the critics. The script lacks merit, full of Ken Kesey-esque psychedelic ramblings on the nature of war. It gives the impression that the writers and producers wanted to use the reality of war as an allegory, and had no intention of producing a film which even partly imitated what took place on the Eastern front. The entire film really only makes sense in the context of counter-culture and the anti-Vietnam war movement. In that respect it is artistically indulgent, and has aged poorly as a result. In short, the style of the film greatly detracts from whatever meaningful content it had. The ramblings often take place when anyone interested in saving their own skin would be ducking for cover. The acting is often weak, but often this seems due to the terrible script. Some of the characterisation shines through regardless, and this is the films real strength. There are some absurd comic moments, and it is clear they are trying to illustrate the chaotic and visceral range of emotions experienced in war. But the context in which it takes place is entirely unbelievable. There is some clear apologia. Prussian officers who volunteered for the Eastern Front were not generally bumbling fools in the manner predicted here. What they were and what they were prepared to do is another thing entirely, which this film side steps. Also, was I the only one who was routinely distracted by Coburn's prancing style of running, with his weapon held uselessly one handed by the stock? Russian boys weren't kept alive in German camps as friendly mascots. The worst atrocity committed is the order of execution a child. What really happened out there was wholesale slaughter and degradation, and it would trouble anyone to bring it to film. As a ripping yarn war movie it had a good basic plot of incompetent commander and a grizzled veteran engaged in a battle of will. But that sort of thing got lost in all the tripped out monologues. The movie does have some strong points, but it's not a great film.

    It's a 70's acid film, with all the trippy dialogue and editing you'd expect. I haven't seen Peckinpah's other films, but I imagine they're much the same in style. As a movie in it's own right it's rubbish, but it's tone and non-commerical production clearly endears itself to the critics. The script lacks merit, full of Ken Kesey-esque psychedelic ramblings on the nature of war. It gives the impression that the writers and producers wanted to use the reality of war as an allegory, and had no intention of producing a film which even partly imitated what took place on the Eastern front. The entire film really only makes sense in the context of counter-culture and the anti-Vietnam war movement. In that respect it is artistically indulgent, and has aged poorly as a result. In short, the style of the film greatly detracts from whatever meaningful content it had. The ramblings often take place when anyone interested in saving their own skin would be ducking for cover. The acting is often weak, but often this seems due to the terrible script. Some of the characterisation shines through regardless, and this is the films real strength. There are some absurd comic moments, and it is clear they are trying to illustrate the chaotic and visceral range of emotions experienced in war. But the context in which it takes place is entirely unbelievable. There is some clear apologia. Prussian officers who volunteered for the Eastern Front were not generally bumbling fools in the manner predicted here. What they were and what they were prepared to do is another thing entirely, which this film side steps. Also, was I the only one who was routinely distracted by Coburn's prancing style of running, with his weapon held uselessly one handed by the stock? Russian boys weren't kept alive in German camps as friendly mascots. The worst atrocity committed is the order of execution a child. What really happened out there was wholesale slaughter and degradation, and it would trouble anyone to bring it to film. As a ripping yarn war movie it had a good basic plot of incompetent commander and a grizzled veteran engaged in a battle of will. But that sort of thing got lost in all the tripped out monologues. The movie does have some strong points, but it's not a great film.

  • Sep 26, 2016

    No different or better than dozens of other war films like it. Peckinpah regurgitates his favorite techniques here in a less interesting setting. The poster is better than the film.

    No different or better than dozens of other war films like it. Peckinpah regurgitates his favorite techniques here in a less interesting setting. The poster is better than the film.

  • Aug 15, 2016

    Cross of Iron (1977-British-West German) C-119m. ??? D: Sam Peckinpah. James Coburn, James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner. Standard plot of Germans on the Russian front is springboard for exciting combat sequences; worth watching for an eye-popping bloodletting finale in the vein of Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH. Other prints run 132m. Sequel: BREAKTHROUGH.

    Cross of Iron (1977-British-West German) C-119m. ??? D: Sam Peckinpah. James Coburn, James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner. Standard plot of Germans on the Russian front is springboard for exciting combat sequences; worth watching for an eye-popping bloodletting finale in the vein of Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH. Other prints run 132m. Sequel: BREAKTHROUGH.

  • Aug 14, 2016

    The balls. Coburn is in the thick of this class war set in the trenches of Russia in WWII. Mason is such a cunt as the villain. The action is superb and the ending is pure genius.

    The balls. Coburn is in the thick of this class war set in the trenches of Russia in WWII. Mason is such a cunt as the villain. The action is superb and the ending is pure genius.

  • Jul 28, 2016

    The anger is literally dripping off of the screen in this Pekinpah effort. It's an anti-war film of the strongest order and utilises all of his classic approaches, slo-mo camerawork, realistic gritty characters and a bleak, sombre mood. Really good.

    The anger is literally dripping off of the screen in this Pekinpah effort. It's an anti-war film of the strongest order and utilises all of his classic approaches, slo-mo camerawork, realistic gritty characters and a bleak, sombre mood. Really good.