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
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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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
Brian Gaffikin
as English voices
Ernesto Melinari
as Italian Tailor
Bob Rosen
as POW Who Opens Sweatbox
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All Critics (11)

A far-fetched but thrilling World War II adventure. Watch it as part of a double feature with John Frankenheimer's The Train.

August 2, 2007

Exciting Sinatra starring vehicle set during WWII.

March 9, 2006

Made for those who like those old-fashioned serial chapter adventure stories.

Full Review… | December 28, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An action packed prisoner of war thriller and Ole Blue Eyes doesn't even sing a note.

December 17, 2002
Reeling Reviews

Sinatra at his swaggering best.

August 16, 2001
Apollo Guide

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June 26, 2005

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


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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