Rent Cross of Iron (1977)

3.7 of 5 from 130 ratings
2h 6min
Rent Cross of Iron (aka Sargeant Steiner) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
James Mason and James Coburn star in this gripping account of a doomed German platoon facing annihilation at Russian hands during 1943, who discover that their instinct for war is greater then their instinct for survival. While the enemy attacks, two officers fuel the conflict with their hell-bent lust for personal vindictiveness and glory- all part of the greater absurdity called war.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Wolf C. Hartwig, Arlene Sellers, Alex Winitsky
Voiced By:
Thomas Braut, Heinz Engelmann, Wolfgang Hess, Thomas Piper, Robert Rietty
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein, Walter Kelley, James Hamilton, Willi Heinrich
Aka:
Sargeant Steiner
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Collections:
British WWII Films: The Home Front and Europe, Drama Films & TV, Getting to Know..., Getting to Know: James Mason, The Instant Expert's Guide, The Instant Expert's Guide to: Robert Aldrich
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/04/2005
Run Time:
126 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono, French LPCM Mono, Spanish LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
French
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Photo Gallery
  • Filmographies
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/06/2011
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Passion & Poetry - Sam Peckinpah's War Documentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/07/2023
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker and film historian Mike Siegel
  • New Promoting Steiner
  • New Steiner on the set
  • New Filming Steiner
  • New Filming Steiner pt 2
  • New Steiner in colour

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Reviews (2) of Cross of Iron

Masterpiece War Drama - Cross of Iron review by GI

Spoiler Alert
16/03/2022

A tough, uncompromising, realistic and very thought provoking war film set on the Russian Front during the Second World War. Twenty years before the celebrated realism of Saving Private Ryan (1998) came along director Sam Peckinpah made this film that Orson Welles described as one of the greatest war films ever made. He was right, this is a remarkable film with some of there most authentic combat scenes committed to film. It's a story of ordinary men thrust into the maelstrom of war and reliant on luck and experience to survive. Death by random shellfire litters the film and the constant fear in the characters is always evident and battle is experienced by the soldiers everyday. James Coburn plays highly decorated Sergeant Steiner, a German soldier who has become highly respected by his men and the officers above him for his combat skills and ability to survive. But he hates the establishment and ideology that forces ordinary young men into war. He therefore immediately distrusts his new commander, Captain Stravinsky (Maximilian Schell), a class obsessed man desperate to win the Iron Cross. When Stansky lies in order to win the medal Steiner stands against him so Stravinsky sets about ensuring Steiner and his men will not survive. This is Peckinpah's last great film, a genius director mired by alcoholism, but who turned ordinary stories into something very special. This film is a bloody, compelling indictment of war. The battle scenes are epic in construction and exciting while portraying the horrors of war. Thematically this delves into the philosophy of humanities obsession with war through politics and ideologies where the victims are those forced to fight. A masterpiece and a film I highly recommend.

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Classic war film of Nazi Germany i Russia - Cross of Iron review by IanF

Spoiler Alert
25/11/2020

Feels a little dated now, but I wanted to see it again. Bloody and brutal, classic Sam Peckinpah. If you like war films, you'll like it!

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