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Director:
Writers:
David Westheimer (novel)
Wendell Mayes (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
23 June 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Why did 600 Allied prisoners hate the man they called Von Ryan more than they hated Hitler? See more »
Plot:
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Col. Joseph L. Ryan

Trevor Howard ... Major Eric Fincham
Raffaella Carrà ... Gabriella (as Raffaella Carra)

Brad Dexter ... Sgt. Bostick

Sergio Fantoni ... Capt. Oriani

John Leyton ... Orde

Edward Mulhare ... Costanzo

Wolfgang Preiss ... Major Von Klemment

James Brolin ... Private Ames
John Van Dreelen ... Col. Gortz (as John van Dreelen)

Adolfo Celi ... Battaglia

Vito Scotti ... Italian Train Engineer
Richard Bakalyan ... Corporal Giannini

Michael Goodliffe ... Captain Stein
Michael St. Clair ... Sgt. Dunbar
Ivan Triesault ... Von Kleist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ian Abercrombie ... English POW (uncredited)
William Berger ... Man from the Gestapo (uncredited)
Arthur Brauss ... Lt. Gertel--German Mess Officer (uncredited)
William Conroy ... German Soldier (uncredited)
John Daheim ... American Soldier (uncredited)
Domenick Delgarde ... Italian Soldier (uncredited)
Horst Ebersberg ... German Pilot (uncredited)

Barry Ford ... Ransom's Batman (uncredited)
Brian Gaffikin ... English Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Donald F. Glut ... P.O.W. (uncredited)
Gino Gottarelli ... Gotrz's Aide #2 (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Peter Hellman ... Pilot (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... American Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Linden ... German Captain (uncredited)
Eric Micklewood ... Ransom (uncredited)
John Mitory ... Oriani's Aide (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Italian Tailor (uncredited)
Paul Muller ... Hauptmann Josef Sonneberg (uncredited)
Benito Prezia ... Italian Corporal (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Nude P.O.W. (uncredited)

Michael Romanoff ... Italian Nobleman (uncredited)
Bob Rosen ... P.O.W. Who Opens Sweatbox (uncredited)

James Sikking ... American Soldier (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... American P.O.W. at Train Station (uncredited)

Lee Stanley ... English Prisoner (uncredited)
Jacques Stany ... Gortz's Aide (uncredited)
Brad Stevens ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Max Turilli ... German Officer at Plane Crash Site (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... Italian soldier (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. ... American Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
David Westheimer (novel)

Wendell Mayes (screenplay) and
Joseph Landon (screenplay)

Produced by
Saul David .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton (set decorations) (as Raphael G. Bretton)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
José Luis Pérez .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Roy Stork .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... unit production manager (as Harry A. Caplan)
Eduardo García Maroto .... unit production manager: Spain (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
William Kaplan .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Ed Graves .... assistant art director
Lou Korn .... assistant art director
José Algueró .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Coleman .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound
William Buffinger .... recordist (uncredited)
Walter Rossi .... sound effects (uncredited)
Don Stern .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold Lipstein .... second unit photography
Ted Allan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Lou Pazelli .... grip (uncredited)
Ramiro Sabell .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mickey Sherrard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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  • Ferrovie dello Stato  special gratitude is due to, whose skill, understanding and cooperation made this film possible (as the Executives and Employees of the Italian State Railroads {Ferrovie Dello Stato})
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Runtime:
117 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Stereo (DVD release)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Norway:11 (DVD rating) (2006) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2002) | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) | West Germany:16

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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:
Revealing mistakes: In the prison camp, the Italian soldiers are carrying German MP-40 submachine guns and Mauser 98 rifles. In reality, they would have carried Beretta MAB 38 submachine guns and M91 Carcano rifles. The MAB 38 was the standard-issue Italian submachine gun of World War II. The M91 Carcano was the standard-issue Italian army battle rifle.See more »
Quotes:
Sergeant Bostick:I once told you Ryan, if only one gets out, it's a victory.See more »
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Hey it works for me..., 4 January 2001
Author: (z_crito2001@yahoo.com) from Louisville, Ky.

*** Warning ***: I make a few references to this film's plot in the comments below.

I think if I was living during 1943 and was involved in World War II then being with Frank, Trevor and the rest of the boys as portrayed in this film is where I'd want to be. Racing up Italy in a captured POW train, honorable American and British soldiers fighting pesky Nazis, and just trying to make it to beautiful Switzerland. Who could ask for more? You have adventure, killing in self-defense (well mostly), outsmarting the enemy, and a gorgeous young Italian woman on the train with you! Sure beats being a German soldier stuck in Stalingrad in 1942!

And let's face it, if you're looking for a WW II film with historical accuracy about specific WWII events or a "war is heck, here's why" kind of film then this is not the kind of film you're going to like.

But to me this film offers something many others don't by how it relates to everyday life and its struggles. So what am I saying, escaping from a German POW camp and fighting Nazis is a daily life struggle for anyone nowadays ?? No, of course not. But I like the way misfortune then opportunity seem to go hand in hand in this movie. A misfortune is turned into another opportunity simply by trying or moving forward. The following two lines best sum up this film: Captured German Major: "But still you have NO choice!" British Major: "And nothing to lose by trying to make one!"

Nothing is mapped out they way they want it and each misfortune has its cost in lives lost, but they push on. Each loss looks like it is rewarded with something positive... British physician (who up 'till now has been supportive of Colonel Ryan): "Roll, roll where?...Maybe this is the end of the line". Italian Captain (just running in): "Colonel Ryan, the conductor has a plan, he thinks he can get us all to Switzerland!" British Major: "Switzerland?...You're mad!" (The Italian major explains the conductor's plan) British Major: "You know it may just work" Colonel Ryan: "Let's move!"

Sometimes we are all fighting those "Nazis/demons" in our life and we are all just trying to escape to "Switzerland" and like the end of the film says: "I once told you Ryan, if only one gets out it's a victory".

I read in another review of this film where it was said Frank Sinatra looked like he was sleep walking through it -- well then way to go Frank! No award grabbing performance from "ol' blue eyes" here, just a man who acts and feels like he's just been in a POW camp (the Rat Pack must've just broken up or a gig in Vegas got canceled or something). I think this is one of Frank S.'s best movies, yes much better than that depressing "Manchurian Candidate" (1962).

And give this film credit for one thing: Here at least the Germans speak German and the Italians speak Italian. There's none of that English with a heavy German or Italian accent stuff here. And filming outside when possible with picturesque Italian and Switzerland scenery are an added bonus.

I know there are several other WWII films made during the 1960s that get mentioned a lot, but off-hand I think there are only two or three made during the '60s that offer or have any value: "The Train" (1965) and "Closely Observed Trains" (1966) are the only two I can think of (hmmm...that's odd, but all three involve trains).

If you liked "Von Ryan's Express" then please recommend other war films from any decade. I'm always on the look out for a good war film. And if you didn't care for this film, well then when you're through picking this one apart tell me of one you did like. Thanks.

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