The movie The Iron Cross is a British thriller about a man who finds the killer of his family. It’s a unique movie that does keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The tragic part is the death of not only the director’s father, but the main actor as well.
In the story, Joseph travels to Nuremberg to visit his son, when his son tells him the person living above him is the man who murdered their family in the holocaust. This triggers a line of things to happen within the story. The father decides to kill the man for what he did to his family.
Shockingly, the actor playing Joesph, Roy Scheider, became ill with Multiple myeloma, the same illness that killed Newton’s father. While filming the movie, Roy Scheider continues to get sicker until he passed before the film was finished.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that effects white blood cells and attacks the part of the blood that attacks infections. It’s not a common form of cancer, but does effect many people every year. This cancer is tricky to treat and can be fatal for those diagnosed with it.
The film was finished with CGI to recreate the main actor in the film after he passed away. This was the only way to finish the film and at least get it into the hands of those who wanted and needed to see it.
The tragedy of the film is something a lot of people remember because of the sudden death of two people close to Newton and the film itself. This film will serve as a rememberance for the illness and the men who died from it.