- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 1, 2000
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: Henstooth Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus: Chapter Search
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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.
- 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.
- Copyright 1977 Rapid Film GmbH.