A World War II tale told from the German perspective, Cross of Iron
follows a platoon of German soldiers in Russia when the German Wehrmacht forces had been decimated and the Germans were retreating along the Russian front.
Rolf Steiner (James Cobum) is a German corporal and recipient of the Iron Cross who has grown disenchanted with Hitler's war machine. When Captain Stransky (Maximillian Schell) assumes charge, the pair are thrown into immediate conflict, the autocratic but ultimately cowardly Stransky coveting the loyalty and honour Steiner commands.
Evocatively shot in sombre tones to emphasise the horrors of combat (also evident through a number of devastating set-pieces), the superlative lead performances are matched by David Warner and James Mason as war-weary senior officers. Retrospectively viewed as one of Sam Peckinpah's most powerful works, it's a characteristically unflinching vision.
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||2 hours, 8 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Widescreen 1.85:1
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