<hr class="bbcode_rule" />Cross of Iron
is the only war film directed by master filmmaker Sam Peckinpah, starring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, and James Mason. Director Sam Peckinpah, with the same tenacity and style he brought to such classics as The Wild Bunch
, Straw Dogs
and The Getaway
delivers a riveting and violent tale of men on the front lines of battle. Highlighted by Peckinpah's trademark balletic violence and ultrarealistic battle scenes , Cross of Iron
blasts open the gates of hell and affirms director Sam Peckinpah's prowess as an action filmmaker of graphic mayhem. At its core, however, it's quite an acute study of the 'universal soldier', and the paradox of fighting for your country but not actually knowing what you are fighting...