Cross of Iron
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With too much action to be lumped with "antiwar" films, and too little pro-war sentiment to satisfy the bloodthirsty, this highly individualistic treatment of a wartime situation by director Sam Peckinpah was initially given a cold shoulder by critics and is based on a novel by Willi Heinrich. The story concerns Steiner (James Coburn), an ordinary soldier in the German armies, fighting on the Russian front in 1943, who has won an Iron Cross for bravery. However, his main loyalty is to his fellow soldiers and his family - not Hitler, and certainly not the army, with its hierarchy of… 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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