Cross of Iron
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A quote from Bertolt Brecht ends this bitter and angry war film by Sam Peckinpah: "Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again." Peckinpah's intense and belligerently non-commercial work, (based on the book by Willi Heinrich), is a World War II tale told from the German perspective, following a platoon of German soldiers in the Russia of 1943, when the German Wehrmacht forces had been decimated and the Germans were retreating along the Russian front. James Coburn is Steiner, a German… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Peckinpah's least interesting, least personal film in years, a hysterically elaborate, made-in-Yugoslavia war spectacle, the work of international financiers and a multinational cast."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"War is hell, but for Peckinpah it's also the sadist's Olympian joke"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Not Peckinpah's best, but still powerful."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"This was Peckinpah's last important work and his only war movie."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Its complex and vivid portrayal of the absurdity of war, however, prompted none other than Orson Welles to write Peckinpah and proclaim it the finest antiwar film he had ever seen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This war film is also Peckinpah's last great movie."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Goes to extremes to paint a picture of war as insane."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cross of Iron would almost seem a proper mea culpa by Peckinpah for his controversial career."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Peckinpah indulges in endless combat scenes (this was his only war movie), which try the patience of viewers who came for the real story."
‑ Christopher Null,
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