Cross of Iron

  • Film
  • War films
Peckinpah's only war film, based on a novel by Willi Heinrich, displays his familiar preoccupation with the individual confronted by events beyond his control. Dealing with a German platoon involved in the 1943 retreat on the Russian front, the film reveals a special feeling for the universalities of war: lives in the balance, the single-suppression of emotion. Sombre and claustrophobic photography, an intelligent script, and Peckinpah's clear understanding of a working platoon of men, are all far removed from the monotonous simplicity of most big-budget war films.

Release details

Duration: 133 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Screenwriter: Julius Epstein, Walter Kelly, James Hamilton
Cast: James Coburn
Maximilian Schell
James Mason
David Warner
Klaus Löwitsch
Senta Berger
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