Von Ryan's Express (1965) Full Movie

Von Ryan's Express
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Von Ryan's Express (1965) : Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.

Title Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Release Date Jun 23, 1965
Genres , , , ,
Production Company P-R Productions Picture, 20th Century Fox
Production Countries United States of America
Casts Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare, Wolfgang Preiss, James Brolin, John van Dreelen, Adolfo Celi
Plot Keywords italian, switzerland, world war ii, prisoner of war, nazi, frontier, escape, train, 1940s
Colonel Joseph L. Ryan
Colonel Joseph L. Ryan
Frank Sinatra
Major Eric Fincham
Major Eric Fincham
Trevor Howard
Gabriella
Gabriella
Raffaella Carrà
Sergeant Bostick
Sergeant Bostick
Brad Dexter
Captain Oriani
Captain Oriani
Sergio Fantoni
Lt. Orde
Lt. Orde
John Leyton
Captain Costanzo
Captain Costanzo
Edward Mulhare
Major Von Klemment
Major Von Klemment
Wolfgang Preiss
Private Ames
Private Ames
James Brolin
Colonel Gortz
Colonel Gortz
John van Dreelen
Battaglia
Battaglia
Adolfo Celi
Peppino, Italian Train Engineer
Peppino, Italian Train Engineer
Vito Scotti
Corporal Giannini
Corporal Giannini
Richard Bakalyan
Captain Stein
Captain Stein
Michael Goodliffe
Sergeant Major Dunbar
Sergeant Major Dunbar
Michael St. Clair
Von Kleist
Von Kleist
Ivan Triesault
English POW
English POW
Ian Abercrombie
Gortz's Aide
Gortz's Aide
Jacques Stany
American POW
American POW
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
American POW
American POW
John Daheim
American POW
American POW
James B. Sikking
William Berger
Arthur Brauss
Horst Ebersberg
Donald F. Glut
Paul Müller
Michael Romanoff

Reviews

  • John Chard

    Get on board with Frankie Blue Eyes. Out of 20th Century Fox, Von Ryan's Express is directed by Mark Robson & stars Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard. It's adapted by Wendell Mayes & Joseph Landon from the novel by David Westheimer. William H. Daniels is on photography and Jerry Goldsmith provides the score. Contary to what some sources say, this is not filmed in Panavision, it is filmed in Fox's trusted CinemaScope in De Luxe Color. Unless the opening credits are telling lies that is! Italy, August 1943. With the Allies poised to strike, the Germans seize control of Italy. So the war Weary Italian nation fought on as a prisoner of the German armies. Reeling from the critical kicking and gargantuan financial whack of "Cleopatra", 20th Century Fox desperately wanted a hit to put the company back on an even keel. Treating the project with kid gloves, producer Saul David (director Robson co-produces) for his first producing gig for Fox takes one of the biggest names in showbiz and shoots on location in Italy and Spain. The film was a big hit that got a strong critical response and a box office take that made it the 10th highest grossing film of 1965. Of note also is that it turned out to be Sinatra's highest grossing - and biggest earning - film of the 1960s. With some changes from the novel, notably the ending, Von Ryan's Express isn't setting out to be a deep and meaningful war movie. It wants to entertain, to thrill the audience, to take them out of the stuffy prison camp and onto a fast moving train. And it does this, in spades, pitting our protagonists into a boys own adventure. We accompany Sinatra, Howard and over 500 American and British prisoners-of-war across 1943 Nazi controlled Italy - and hopefully to the safety of Switzerland. Once the film leaves the "Bridge On The River Kwai" like prison camp, where the characters for the story are formed, the film turns into a rip-roaring adventure piece that's flecked with moments of genuine suspense. Directed with vigour and a sense of fun by Robson, and aided no end by the fine cast, the film is all about being an old fashioned type war movie. It's not bogged down by the need to adhere to history or "the horrors of war" message making, this thrives on just being an action/adventure movie, one that uses real life events as its backdrop. If you like a war movie but want escapism with some beer and snacks, well this is the one for you. There are some strong character moments to keep it emotionally viable too - with the ending particularly memorable, and dare I say it, bold (altered at Sinatra's request apparently). Even the appearance of a female on board our machismo packed train (Raffaella Carrà) serves an important purpose. For where it at first seems out of place, a token offering, it ultimately makes for a critical piece of the film. Technically the piece scores high too, with effective stunt work, smart action set pieces (the last quarter bridge confrontations are thrillingly executed), sharp detailed colour and ear busting sound work (check out the Messerschmitt attack, wow!). This be an all encompassing piece of entertainment. Easily holding up on revisits over the years, Von Ryan's Express is a safe recommendation to the action/adventure/war film fan. 8/10