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Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, War | 23 June 1965 (USA)
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Joseph L. Ryan
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Major Eric Fincham
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Gabriella (as Raffaella Carra)
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Sgt. Bostick
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Capt. Oriani
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Orde
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Costanzo
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Major Von Klemment
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Private Ames
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Col. Gortz (as John van Dreelen)
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Battaglia
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Italian Train Engineer
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Corporal Giannini
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Captain Stein
Michael St. Clair ...
Sgt. Dunbar
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Storyline

Ryan, an American POW, leads his fellow prisoners on a dangerous escape from the Germans in Italy. Having seemingly made errors of judgment, Ryan has to win the support of the mainly British soldiers he is commanding. Written by Rob Hartill

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escape | italy | colonel | running | prison | See All (71) »

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Why did 600 Allied prisoners hate the man they called Von Ryan more than they hated Hitler? See more »

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Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Von Ryan  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,760,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)| (DVD release)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's opening prologue states: ITALY, AUGUST 1943.

With the Allies poised to strike, the Germans seized control of Italy. So the war-weary Italian nation fought on, a prisoner of the German armies. See more »

Goofs

When taking over the train they shot and killed the German Major's aid on the rear porch of the train. No one notices the blood that would be there. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Joseph L. Ryan: Major, you will order the men to strip.
[pause]
Colonel Joseph L. Ryan: Major, I said "strip." Get it? All clothes, off. Naked.
[Major turns around]
Maj. Eric Fincham: [Yelling] Parade...
[his voice drops]
Maj. Eric Fincham: strip.
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Crazy Credits

The film credits and all promotion publicity still say "A Cinemascope Picture", and Alfred Newman's "extended" 20th Century-Fox fanfare is still heard on the soundtrack as the picture begins, but most of the film was actually shot in Panavision, at Frank Sinatra's insistence. See more »

Connections

Edited into Galactica 1980: Galactica Discovers Earth: Part 2 (1980) See more »

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Not far off being amongst the best
10 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From a slow start this build into an exciting if somewhat unrealistic war film. However, it was designed for entertainment and not to depict any remotely historical fact.

The cinematography and scenery look good and although no expert on trains, they look from the right period. The characters are not fleshed out but as this is an adventure film this lapse is not too important. Some of the main characters are also casualties by the end thus avoiding the usual Hollywood line from that period of everyone escaping without a scratch.

I'm not a big fan of Sinatra as an actor but he does well here depicting a flawed character who appears both likable and unlikeable. It is established early in the film that Col Ryan is not a career airman and has limited military experience and so it is not surprising that he makes some key mistakes although he does learn from them.

The supporting cast is good although with the exception of John Leyton far too old to have been on military service.

Not up with the very best WW2 films but well above the average.


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