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.

looking at the Guard, ENTERS the bunker.


are examining a map that hangs on the wall. The older of

the two is LIEUTENANT COLONEL BRANDT. About fiftytwo,

a gaunt gray face. The younger officer is a CAPTAIN. In

his middle thirties, a tired expression, but his features

are intelligent. At the moment, he is Shaking his head.


If our main line of resistance is

at Novorssysk, What are We doing




We're playing fire department.


Several hundred miles from the heart

of the fire? Does that make sense?

The door opens and a CORPORAL announces:


Captain Stransky.

Stransky APPEARS on the threshold.


Come in, Captain. You know my

adjutant, of course.


Of course. How are you, Captain



Awful. Terrible. How are you?

Brandt laughs, Places a bottle of wine on the table.


This might cheer you up, Kiesel.

Stransky inspects the label.


My respects, Colonel Brandt.

Producing a 1937 Moselle in the

southernmost corner of Russia.


(fills glasses)

A bottle of Moselle is no more

absurd in this region than We

ourselves. Your health, gentlemen.


I am not going to drink to my health.

My health is terrible and doesn't

deserve to be drunk to.

(holds up his glass)

To the end of the damn war.


Incidentally, Colonel, why does our

presence in the bridgehead strike

you as so absurd?

Brandt looks at Kiesel, then turns to Stransky.


(ignoring the question)


Why did you ask to be trans

ferred from France?



Exactly what my commanding officer

in France asked me. I can't stop

you, he Said, Since I'm convinced

that without you the eastern front

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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 It was adapted from an unpublished play, Everybody Comes to Rick's, written by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison.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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