Cross of Iron script
Cross of Iron (1977)
Synopsis: Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 war film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War II during the Soviets' Caucasus operations against the Wehrmacht's Kuban bridgehead on the Taman Peninsula in late 1943.

would collapse in a matter of days.

Go ahead, you heroic fathead.

KIESEL:

(quickly)

I withdraw my toast to the end of

the war. To heroic fatheads

everywhere.

Stransky doesn't know quite how to take this, but decides

on a faint, icy smile.

BRANDT:

Captain Stransky, is there any

news on Steiner?

STRANSKY:

No, sir, not yet.

Brandt shakes his head.

STRANSKY:

Incidentally, What sort is he,

Steiner?

Kiesel looks at Stransky closely.

BRANDT:

A problem....no respect, but a

first rate soldier so one looks

the Other Way.

Pause.

STRANSKY:

(a short laugh)

0f course, I've only been on this

front a few days, matter of hours

actually, but I see -- rather I

sense -- a sort of -- well, it's not

exactly insubordination -- Well, let's

call it -- a lack of respect.

KIESEL:

If I hope into a cab which gets

into an accident because the brakes

fail, I blame the driver, not the

company he works for. I'll say

that he should have refused to drive

a cab with defective brakes.

STRANSKY:

I'm not sure I know What you mean

by that.

KIESEL:

(looks at him a moment,

then easily)

I don't intend to discuss polities.

BRANDT:

(angry)

You talk avout lack of respect --

low morale..... it goes hand in hand

with impending defeat.

STRANSKY:

Defeat? I refuse to admit that

possibility.

KIESEL:

(dryly)

We'll, said, Captain.

STRANSKY:

I don't believe that the German

soldier --

KIESEL:

The German soldier!

(laughs mirthlessly)

In the early years they saw the

retreating backs of the Russians

too often to be frightened by his

face now. The replacements, on

the other hand, think every Russian

is an infallible fighting machine.

I feel damn sorry for our poor land

sers.

STRANSKY:

(frigidly)

In the present state of our nation,

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Julius J. Epstein

Julius J. Epstein (August 22, 1909 – December 30, 2000) was an American screenwriter, who had a long career, best remembered for his screenplay – written with his twin brother, Philip, and Howard E. Koch – of the film Casablanca (1942), for which the writers won an Academy Award. It was adapted from an unpublished play, Everybody Comes to Rick's, written by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison. more…

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