Breakthrough (Steiner: Das Eiserne Kreuz .2 Teil) is a 1979 war drama film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, and Rod Steiger. It is a sequel to the 1977 Sam Peckinpah film, Cross of Iron.
When the Western Allies launched their invasion of Normandy, General Hoffmann (Curd Jürgens) sends Steiner on a mission to negotiate with American Colonel Rogers (Mitchum). Hoffman is a part of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler, and wishes to surrender to the Allies.
Why it Sucks
- Completely unnecessary. The original movie already has a closed ending, which heavily implies that the entire cast will inevitably be killed by Soviet forces who attacked their base.
- Missed the spirit of the first movie. It lacked the cynical and dreadful atmosphere from that movie, going as far as depicting the subplots from that movie as a comical running gag.
- Wasted talents that gave unbelievably poor and near-robotic performances, especially Burton.
- A ridiculous story with subplots that go nowhere.
- Non-existent production values, ranging from a lack of lighting and poorly-done battle scenes to awful cinematography and editing, making the movie feel like it was made for TV and not for theaters.
- Inappropriate soundtrack.
- Stock footage abuse from other movies, including the first film.