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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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A first-class as well as entertaining WWII story of escape from a prisoner-of-war concentration camp aboard a train See more (64 total) »

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)

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:
According to Producer Saul David's memoirs Jack Hawkins and Peter Finch were possibles for the part of Major FinchamSee more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Florence Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station is a dead end station and its terminal is covered. Any train arriving would have to go backwards to get out of the station.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Oriani:He says you are no gentleman, colonel.
Colonel Joseph L. Ryan:Only by an act of Congress.
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A first-class as well as entertaining WWII story of escape from a prisoner-of-war concentration camp aboard a train, 15 February 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Awesome warlike movie with memorable images and outstanding acting by well-known faces . This is a splendid film about a daring breakout from an Italian concentration camp with all star cast and magnificently realized by Mark Robson . The 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¨ . There appears Ryan, an American POW Colonel (Frank Sinatra , his leather jacket was later worn by Bob Crane in Hogan's Heroes and was later worn by Greg Kinnear in Auto Focus) and a British military (Trevor Howard who was second choice for Major Fincham after Peter Finch turned it down and Jack Hawkins was possible for this part) is the officer in charge until Ryan takes over the escape plan . Ryan leads his fellow prisoners as foreign soldiers (James Brolin , John Leyton , Edward Mulhare) as Italian local military (Sergio Fantoni , Adolfo Celi and Vito Scotti as Train Engineer) on a perilous getaway from the Germans (led by Wolfgang Preiss as Major Von Klemment) in Italy . Having seemingly made errors of judgement, Ryan has to get the support of the mainly British soldiers he is commanding . As they aboard a German train to neutral Switzerland .

This great action tale contains thrills, intrigue, tension, excitement galore, entertainment and lots of fun . Suspenseful WWII epic packs exceptional plethora of prestigious actors incarnating the motley group of POWs , giving good acting and support , as a sensational Frank Sinatra whose character , Colonel Ryan, remains today as attractive iconography ; Edward Mulhare as an army priest posing as a Nazi officer , Brad Dexter as roguish Sgt. Bostick ,Sergio Fantoni as Capt. Oriani , a very young Raffaela Carra and Michael Goodliffe, who was an actual Prisoner of War during WWII , being captured at Dunkirk and spent the next five years in a German POW camp . Excellent production design and art direction with evocative scenarios by Walter Scott . Rousing and lively soundtrack , nowadays a classic score, by Jerry Goldsmith . Colorful cinematography by William H Daniels , Greta Garbo's usual cameraman .

The motion picture lavishly produced by Saul David was well realized by Mark Robson. In the early 40s Robson was much involved with the low-budget terror unit in charge of producer Val Lewton , for whom made ¨Seventh victim¨, ¨The ghost ship¨, and ¨Island of the dead¨. In the late 1940s Robson joined Stanley Kramer's independent company and directed his biggest commercial hit to date with ¨The champion¨. Years later Robson made another good film about corruption in boxing world titled ¨The harder they fall¨ with Humphrey Bogart. In the late 1960s, his work did decline . His last movie was a jinx one titled ¨Avalancha express¨. Robson and his main star, Robert Shaw, died suddenly from heart attacks. And of course , ¨Von Ryan Express¨ was one of his best films . A top-notch cast , spectacular images , tense images and noisy action help make this one a superior effort of its kind . Well worth seeing , this is the ordinary War movie that Hollywood does so well . This one is certainly one of the best movies ever made about the WWII escapes . Rating : 7 . Two thumbs up , essential and indispensable watching for WWII lovers , a real must see.

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