Cross of Iron
Sam Peckinpah's only war film follows the story of a doomed German platoon facing annihilation at the hands of the Russians in 1943.
Non-Nazi German soldier Steiner (James Coburn) resents the arrival of arrogant Prussian Stransky (Maximillian Schell) as his new commanding officer.
Stransky is desperate to win an Iron Cross - a medal Steiner has already earned, but considers worthless - and so promotes the highly-recommended Steiner to sergeant.
During a siege, Stransky hides in his bunker, terrified of battle, only to later file a report claiming that he himself led a victorious counter-attack.
However, when Steiner disputes this Stransky takes measures to remove him.
- Interactive Menus
- Bonus Footage
- Interviews: Sam Pekinpah (Director), James Coburn, James Mason, Maximilian Schell, David Warner
- Other Documentary: 'Passion and Poetry - Sam Peckinpah's War', 'Kruger Kisses Kern', 'Letters From Vadim and Sam', 'Vadim and Sam - Son and Dad', 'Cutting Room Floor', 'Mike's Homemovies'