Breakthrough (1979)

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Original Title: Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz Teil II

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.

Film Overview
"Breakthrough" is a 1979 war movie directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and produced by Wolfgang Storch. It is a sequel to the 1977 movie "Cross of Iron". The film once again portrays the World War II military situation with Richard Burton and Robert Mitchum taking the lead roles. The motion picture revolves around the advancing American soldiers and the hostility they deal with from the Germans during the war.

Plot Summary
The movie begins with Major James Steiner (Richard Burton) being captured by the Americans as a prisoner of War. An American Colonel, Rogers (Robert Mitchum), recognizes Steiner from their time serving in World War I as colleagues. Colonel Rogers manages to arrange for Steiner's army to lead a mission behind the German lines. The mission is to discover and revive German General Hoffman to negotiate a peace plan in between the Germans and Americans.

Steiner initially refuses the mission but ultimately accepts it when Colonel Rogers convinces him that this effort would save countless lives. For this reason, starts the journey of Major Steiner, Sergeant Hoffy, Corporal Johann, Lieutenant Von Stransky, and others on a dangerous objective amidst the war.

Mid-Movie Progression
Throughout the film, unity amongst the soldiers develops itself as a substantial theme. The soldiers, who may have been opponents on the ground, interact to protect their leader. The movie is abundant in battlefield action and treads the journey of military guys leading an objective on their typically risky course. They face continuous hazards, perpetuated not only by military resistance however also by the landscape's trials.

Climax & Conclusion
As they browse their method through the thick forest, the team needs to deal with the ruthless realities of war, leading to the loss of numerous lives. As they close in on their location, they are faced with an impossible situation. Their target, General Hoffman, is killed accidentally during a skirmish in the forest.

This crucial twist leads to an extreme climax where Steiner should make a choice. He finally decides to impersonate General Hoffman to finish the objective. In spite of successfully deceiving the Germans and satisfying the mission, Steiner is injured critically in the process. In a very poetic and brave way, Steiner crawls toward the American lines to conclude his duty however succumbs to his injuries just at the edge of the targeted borderline.

Themes & Reception
"Breakthrough" handle styles of loyalty, comradeship, and task in the face of war. Although there are minutes of extreme action and drama, the narrative leans heavily on the advancement of private relationships and the deep-rooted sense of purpose. The movie is highly praised for its reasonable portrayal of the lengths that guys can go to promote their commitments and works as a war narrative woven with a deep human touch.

Although upon its release, some critics felt the movie suffered slightly from its greatly dialogical and less action-driven method, its performances were extensively well-known. The screenplay is enriched with powerful emotions, intricate strategies, and determination in the face of hardship, making the film an enduring memory in the hearts of its audiences. Through a thorough portrayal of the gruesome realities of war, "Breakthrough" stands as a lasting homage to the heroes of war, beautifully encapsulating their dedication and sacrifice.

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