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


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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Plot Keywords:

escape | italy | colonel | running | prison | See All (67) »


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


Action | Adventure | War


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Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Von Ryan  »

Box Office


$5,760,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (DVD release)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Goodliffe, who plays CPT Stein, was an actual Prisoner of War during WWII. He was captured at Dunkirk and spent the next five years in a German POW camp. See more »


After a straight piece of track in front of the train is destroyed, they remove a curved piece from behind the train to replace it. This piece becomes straight after it's brought forward. See more »


Colonel Joseph L. Ryan: [to Orde, who is guarding Von Klemment] Lieutenant, if he wiggles, put a hole in him.
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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 »


Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: Dr. Ryan's Express (1974) See more »

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Satisfying WW II yarn
15 August 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Von Ryan's Express" is overall a satisfying WW II actioner. The movie is long but never boring, there's some excitement and suspense, and some action.

The only problems I found with the movie is that the above is at the expense of characters - not enough time is given to these characters, so we don't have as much of a personal stake - so whether the characters live or die doesn't matter as much as it could have. Also, some of the special effects, even for 1965, are somewhat embarrassing.

It's still a good movie, and it's worth watching - it's just not the classic it could have been.

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