Von Ryan's Express

1965

Von Ryan's Express

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Von Ryan's Express is a fast-paced, well-acted World War II drama, featuring a squadron of Allied soldiers trying to escape a prison camp in Italy. While most of the prisoners at the camp are British, a determined, resourceful American Air Force colonel (Frank Sinatra) takes charge and leads the escape, which requires that the prisoners wrest control of a German train and propel it through Italy to Switzerland. The subsequent ride, featuring good special effects and outstanding stunt work, is great fun and very suspenseful. Frank Sinatra makes an effective action hero aided by veteran actor Trevor Howard as a British officer. The CinemaScope photography is outstanding and director Mark Robson directs the exciting action sequences with skill. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

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Cast

Frank Sinatra
as Col. Joseph L. Ryan
Trevor Howard
as Maj. Eric Fincham
Sergio Fantoni
as Capt. Oriani
Brad Dexter
as Sgt. Bostick
Edward Mulhare
as Constanzo
Raffaella Carra
as Gabriella (as Raffaella Carra)
Wolfgang Preiss
as Maj. von Klemment
James Brolin
as Pvt. Ames
John Van Dreelen
as Col. Gortz
Adolfo Celi
as Battaglia
Vito Scotti
as Italian Train Engineer
Richard Bakalyan
as Cpl. Giannini
Michael Goodliffe
as Capt. Stein
Michael St. Clair
as Sgt. Dunbar
Ivan Triesault
as Von Kleist
Al Wyatt
as American Soldier
Buzz Henry
as American Soldier
John Day
as American Soldier
James B. Sikking
as American Soldier
John Mitory
as Oriani's Aide
Benito Prezia
as Italian Corporal
Dominick DelGarde
as Italian Soldier
Gino Gottarelli
as Gortz's Aides
Barry Ford
as Ransom's Batman
Michael Romanoff
as Italian Nobleman
Walter Linden
as German Captain
Bard Stevens
as German Sergeant
Ernesto Melinari
as Italian Tailor
Brian Gaffikin
as English voices
Bob Rosen
as POW Who Opens Sweatbox
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  • May 31, 2012
    Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard are a great antagonistic couple in Mark Robson's thrilling war movie. Sinatra is an American pilot who crashes in Italy and is sent to a prison camp where Howard leads the inmates. The two bicker over whether it's best to hatch escape plans or lie low till the war ends. When Italy surrenders the prisoners seize a train, planning to escape to neutral Switzerland. Much darker than earlier portrayals of WWII, characters are made to do a lot of nasty things which genuinely trouble them. Great downer ending too.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2009
    set in italy during ww2 and starring trevor howard and frank sinatra, support from raffaella carra (eyepatch right? he was good) this bold and uncompromising film sees a group of P.O.W.'s on an epic journey of escape. sinatra who plays von ryan makes some poor decisions as a commanding officer and isn't too popular to begin with and he plays the part convincingly. mind, even if he didn't there's something going on to keep your attention on screen so you wouldn't notice anyway. trevor howard is the bomb biggy too
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2008
    Well made escape film starts out very well drags here and there but is an enjoyable experience overall.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2007
    Great buddy film and quite a change from Sinatra's normal movie.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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