A very wise man recently made a point that I find myself agreeing with the more I think about it, most anti-war movies are inherently pro-soldier. Looking back at most war movies I am a fan of that happen to have anti-war messages I am finding that those movies hold true to this point. Despite itís brazen disregard for military officers Cross Of Iron would also fall into the anti-war/pro-soldier category. Sam Peckinpah loves the common soldiers, itís the officers he canít stand. I donít think the anti-war/pro-soldier theme is a major one in Cross Of Iron, or most war movies actually, but it is there and recognizing that does add another dimension to the film.