Sam Peckinpah weighs in on World War II--and from the German point of view. The result is as bleak, if not quite as bloody, as one expects, in part because the 1977 film was cut to ribbons by nervous studio executives. The assorted excerpts that remain don't constitute an exhilarating or even an especially thrilling battle epic. The war is grinding to a close, and veterans like James Coburn's Steiner are grimly aware that it's a lost cause. The battlefield is a death trap of sucking mud and barbed wire, and the German generals (viz., the martinet played by James Mason) seem to pose a bigger threat to the life and limbs of Steiner's men than the inexorable enemy. Not even Peckinpah's famous sensuous exuberance when shooting violence is much in evidence; the picture is a depressive, claustrophobically overcast experience. The bloody high (or low) point isn't a shooting; it's a wince-inducing de-penis-tration during oral sex. For a fun time with the men in (Nazi) uniform, try Das Boot instead. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the five best war films ever made and for me at least the greatest Eastern Front film beating out Enemy at the Gates, Stalingrad and a slew of foreign films from Russia and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Van G. Wilson
This was really a weird war movie. The cast was what drew the eye. However, after beginning to watch it - you want to see the end because it is so weird.Published 14 months ago by Marsha Frey
I ordered this for my dad and I like this one too and I give it a five star rating buy it and watch it and you will see why I like it it is one of my favourites.Published on Feb. 5 2013 by brynthegamer
Some people want blood and gore...an government sponsered slasher movie.
But for the rest of us....
Take a common rock. A common rock. Read more
While the movie quality is not criterion quality, it is the uncut european version in english and while it could have been worthwhile if Peckinpaugh is still alive today to give... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2006 by Terence Tan Co
Sam Peckinpah, in his 1977 effort "Cross of Iron", darred to look at the war throught German eyes. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
I disagree entirely with what that idiot simon gurney said. I read the novel and have seen the film, and not only is it a faithful adaptation, but the few changes which are made... Read morePublished on July 7 2004