Music directorPeter Thomas GenresWar film, Drama CountryWest Germany
Release date1979 WriterPeter Berneis (screenplay), Tony Williamson (screenplay) CastRichard Burton (Sgt. Steiner), Rod Steiger (Gen. Webster), Helmut Griem (Maj. Stransky), Klaus Löwitsch (Uffz. Krüger), Michael Parks (Sgt. Anderson), Werner Pochath (Schütze Keppel) Similar moviesSaving Private Ryan, Captain America: The First Avenger, Fury, Valkyrie, The Thin Red Line, Max Manus: Man of War
Breakthrough 1979 richard burton robert mitchum full movie
Breakthrough is a 1979 war film set on the Western Front. The picture is a sequel to Sam Peckinpah's Cross of Iron, and includes several characters from that film.
The film starred several big names including Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum and Rod Steiger. Burton (Sergeant Steiner) and Helmut Griem (Major Stransky) assume the roles played by James Coburn and Maximilian Schell respectively in the original film. The supporting cast features Michael Parks and Curd Jürgens.
Breakthrough 1979 movie review
Starting in late May 1944, during the German retreat on the Eastern Front, Captain Stransky (Helmut Griem) orders Sergeant Steiner (Richard Burton) to blow up a railway tunnel to prevent Russian forces from using it. Steiner's platoon fails in its mission by coming up against a Russian tank. Steiner then takes a furlough to Paris just as the Allies launch their invasion of Normandy.
Steiner's unit is transferred to France, occupying the village of St. Bologne. General Hoffman (Curd Jürgens) orders Steiner to cross into enemy territory and confer with American Colonel Rogers (Robert Mitchum) and General Webster (Rod Steiger) that the High Command of the German Army (Wehrmacht) is plotting to assassinate Hitler and would like to surrender. The plan fails and American forces launch an attack on German forces in St. Bologne where Stransky has planned an explosion to destroy both the Americans and civilian inhabitants.