Sight and Sound - 07/01/2001
"...[The film] retains a profound kinetic charge..."
Total Film - 06/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he unusual focus on class conflict still feels fresh and the devastating conclusion is unforgettable."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2011
"The storytelling is vivid, lurid, cynical and at times almost grotesque in its violence."
A very strong anti-war message film, set during World War II and told entirely from the German perspective. A German Army Sergeant doggedly struggles to keep his platoon intact while surviving the horrors of the Russian front in 1943.
Theatrical Release |
World War II
Co-produced by Rapid Film GmBH and Terra Film Kunst (Germany). Production services by Palladium Film (Munich).
Color by Technicolor. Shot in Yugoslavia.
At the end of the film is a quote from Bertolt Brecht: "Don't rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again."
Additional cast: Roger Fritz (Lt. Triebig), Vadim Glowna (Kern), Fred Stillkrauth (Schnurrbart), Burkhardt Driest (Maag), Dieter Schidor (Anselm), Michael Nowka (Dietz), Veronique Vendell (Marga), Arthur Brauss (Zoll), and Slavco Stimac (Russian Boy).
Additional credits: Joseph Satzinger (wardrobe supervisor), Helmut Klee (special effects), Evelyn Dohring (hairstylist)
Originally released on video in 1984.
Originally soundtrack album on EMI Records. Music recorded at the Music Centre, Wembley.