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Von Ryan's Express (1965)

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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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Critic Reviews for Von Ryan's Express

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

After a sluggish beginning, Express starts to swing, and Frank swings with it

July 21, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mark Robson has made realistic use of the actual Italian setting of the David Westheimer novel in garmenting his action in hard-hitting direction and sharply-drawn performances.

May 26, 2008 | Full Review…

As much fun as an old-time serial.

February 11, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The scenery is the only thing authentic and believable in the film.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

A very successful mixture of The Train and The Great Escape.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sinatra's character is unusually uncompromising, even for him, and the star delivers one of his best performances.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Von Ryan's Express

Well made escape film starts out very well drags here and there but is an enjoyable experience overall.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

One Badass Train picture. Frank Sinatra stars in this highly underrated action adventure film.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

Solid WWII escape drama that concentrates on spectacle rather than suspense more than most. A decent war cum action film on the whole.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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