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Von Ryan's Express (1965)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Joseph L. Ryan
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Major Eric Fincham
Raffaella Carrà ...
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
John Van Dreelen ...
Col. Gortz (as John van Dreelen)
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Battaglia
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Italian Train Engineer
Richard Bakalyan ...
Corporal Giannini
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Captain Stein
Michael St. Clair ...
Sgt. Dunbar
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Ryan, an American POW, leads his fellow prisoners on a dangerous escape from the Germans in Italy. Having seemingly made errors of judgement, Ryan has to win the support of the mainly British soldiers he is commanding. Written by Rob Hartill

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escape | italy | train | soldier | major | See All (49) »

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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

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23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Von Ryan  »

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ESP 29,721,662 (Spain)
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According to Producer Saul David's memoirs Jack Hawkins and Peter Finch were possibles for the part of Major Fincham See more »

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As the Padre begins to type the change orders for the train to be re-routed, he says (in German) the date of 11 Sep 1941. The U.S. was not involved in the war until December 1941. The year should have been 1943. See more »

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Maj. Eric Fincham: It would take you too long to strangle a man Colonel. The average Nazi would get impatient while you were doing it.
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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 »

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"You'll Get The Iron Cross For This, Von Ryan"
7 June 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Von Ryan's Express which was a best selling action adventure novel in the sixties combines some of the best elements of The Great Escape and Bridge Over the River Kwai.

Culture clashes abound in Von Ryan's Express, Britsh versus American, Italian versus German. Sometimes the participants seem to forget just who was the enemy.

Frank Sinatra is an American Army Air Corps flier shot down near Rome before the invasion of Italy. The Italians grab him and take him to an Italian prisoner of war camp run by a strutting Mussolini wannabe in Adolfo Celi. The prisoners are mostly British and in fact members of a single regiment, the 9th Fusiliers. Command has now devolved to Major Trevor Howard with the death of their colonel. Sinatra becomes the ranking POW when he arrives.

Sinatra and Howard clash over several issues. Watching the film you'll see I believe that Howard was right. But Sinatra has the rank.

When the Italians switch sides as the landing at Salerno commences, the Italian soldiers desert and Sinatra and Howard have to make some hard decisions. They opt to move towards the sea, but are captured by the Germans and put on a train north. They recapture the prison train from the Germans and decide to keep going north to Switzerland.

It'a pretty impossible tale, but that doesn't mean it ain't entertaining. Sinatra keeps his swinging hipster persona in check and Trevor Howard was born to play those British military roles.

Of the rest of the cast my favorite performance is that of the British regimental chaplain Edward Mulhare. The fact that he went to graduate study in Germany and speaks it fluently is of inestimable help to the escaping prisoners.

For those who like action war films, this is your cup of British tea.


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