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Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Unrated  |   |  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

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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Storyline

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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The most daring escape ever conceived. It begins at Pescara. It spreads into high adventure as they highjack their own prison train. It shoots past Rome... Florence... Bologna... It hightails into the Majola Pass with Messerschitts in hot pursuit... and makes a final frenzied lunge for Switzerland- and freedom! See more »

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Action | Adventure | War

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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)

Gross:

ESP 29,721,662 (Spain)
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(Westrex Recording System)| (DVD release)

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(DeLuxe)|

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first train station, Firenze SMN or Santa Maria Novella, is the end of a spur into Florence. The train wouldn't have gone through it. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene showing Col. Ryan's crashed P-38 Lightning, the tails are marked with the horizontal red and white stripes that were eliminated on USAAF aircraft 15 months before. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Bostick: [referring to Fincham and the Britsh] It took 200 years to turn out these men, Sergeant. It took me 90 days.
Sergeant Bostick: They;re nuts, sir.
Colonel Joseph L. Ryan: Maybe so, but it's their ball game.
Private Ames: And we're still shut out!
Corporal Giannini: We did that good with just a sergeant!
Private Ames: Now we got us a bird-colonel.
Colonel Joseph L. Ryan: A bird colonel outranks a bird brain... clear?
Corporal Giannini: [contemtuously after Ryan walks away] Bird is right... chicken!
Sergeant Bostick: OK, OK, now we know we're on our own.
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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 »

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Great adventure war movie ruined by a poor end
20 June 2005 | by (Riehen, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

It begins slow and gets faster and faster until the end. The color is wonderful and the music from Jerry Goldsmith well tuned to each scene. The screenplay is well adapted and the special effects good executed. The train scenes are very interesting to see and for all old locomotive lovers a must see. I liked the escape by train from south of Italy to the mountains of Switzerland.

I share the opinions on IMDb that Frank Sinatra delivered one of his best performance of his career. Interesting seeing also Wolfgang Preiss that has for me the right profile for a SS. He characterizes in several war movies always a high SS and this in a very believable way. The end therefore was very poor and it seemed to me that they wanted just to stop somewhere the story.

After THE TRAIN with Burt Lancaster and THE GREAT ESCAPE with Steve Mc Queen this is another good adventure war movie to add to my best of DVD collection. If you ask me which one of these three I like the most I would classify it as follows: 1) THE GREAT ESCAPE (read my critic) 2) VON RYAN'S EXPRESS 3) THE TRAIN (black and white, read my critic)

My vote: 7/10 that matches exactly the rating on IMDb.


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