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World War II story about Allied prisoners who stage a mass breakout from an Italian POW camp, commandeer a train and head towards the Swiss border. As the Italian war effort collapses, the escapees are aided by their captors, but when the Germans catch on, they set out to halt the escape with an armored train and aerial attack.

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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.
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  • 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
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  • 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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