R | | Drama, War
German commander Captain Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him.
Robert Aldrich was attached to a "Cross of Iron" project in the 1960s, which was written by Lukas Heller, but it was set in a prison camp.
I will show you how a true Prussian officer fights.
Sargeant Steiner: Then I will show you, where the Iron Crosses grow.
The German machine guns shown in the film are portraying MG42s, a weapon commonly known as having a high rate of fire (around 1,200-1,500 rpm). The machine guns we see and hear in the film are actually M53s, the postwar Yugoslavian copy of the MG42 with a much slower rate of fire (500-600rpm).
Opening credits prologue: RUSSIA THE TAMAN PENINSULA-1943 THE RETREAT
The U.S. distributor cut the film to 119 minutes for domestic release. The international release was the uncut 132 minute version that is the most common version available today.
English, Russian, French, German