Cross of Iron
Cross of Iron (1977)

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."… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

War is hell, but for Peckinpah it's also the sadist's Olympian joke

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Not Peckinpah's best, but still powerful.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

This was Peckinpah's last important work and his only war movie.

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TV Guide

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.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

This war film is also Peckinpah's last great movie.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Goes to extremes to paint a picture of war as insane.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Cross of Iron would almost seem a proper mea culpa by Peckinpah for his controversial career.

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Christopher Null

Peckinpah indulges in endless combat scenes (this was his only war movie), which try the patience of viewers who came for the real story.

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Bruce Bruce
A very good movie about a women seeking revenge for the death of her husband when she see's the man responsible for his death and her daughters death back… More
Tim Sigur
Peckinpah is a nut. The thing about him is that he can orchestrate one hell of an action sequence. The war sequences in this film are fantastic and some of the… More
Chris Weber
With this film, the legendary master of violent action Sam Peckinpah made his only (strict) war film. The story takes place along the Eastern Front of World War… More
Ken Stachnik
One bad ass war movie. Far more complex that I had expected.
Randy Tippy
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xGary Xx
Sam Peckinpah's war story from the perspectives of professional german soldiers knowingly fighting a lost cause at the whim of selfish, arrogant commanding… More