Von Ryan's Express
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Von Ryan's Express can be found here.

Yes. Von Ryan's Express is a 1964 novel by American novelist David Westheimer (1917-2005). The novel was adapted for the screen by Hollywood screenwriters Wendell Mayes and Joseph Landon.

Those who have both read the novel and seen the movie say that the Ryan of the novel was a tougher and meaner character than Ryan as played by Frank Sinatra, making it easier to see why his fellow soldiers in the POW camp didn't like him at first. The book ending is also different than in the movie in that Ryan survives.

They were filmed in El Chorro, a region of Mlaga, Spain, where the train weaves in and out of the gorge through about eight kilometers of tunnels. Photos of El Chorro can be seen here and here.

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