Von Ryan's Express

Von Ryan's Express

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Director: Mark Robson

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà

     
 

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Von Ryan's Express is a fast-paced, well-acted World War II drama, featuring a squadron of Allied soldiers trying to escape a prison camp in Italy. While most of the prisoners at the camp are British, a determined, resourceful American Air Force colonel (Frank Sinatra) takes charge and leads the escape, which requires that the prisoners wrest control of aSee more details below

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Overview

Von Ryan's Express is a fast-paced, well-acted World War II drama, featuring a squadron of Allied soldiers trying to escape a prison camp in Italy. While most of the prisoners at the camp are British, a determined, resourceful American Air Force colonel (Frank Sinatra) takes charge and leads the escape, which requires that the prisoners wrest control of a German train and propel it through Italy to Switzerland. The subsequent ride, featuring good special effects and outstanding stunt work, is great fun and very suspenseful. Frank Sinatra makes an effective action hero aided by veteran actor Trevor Howard as a British officer. The CinemaScope photography is outstanding and director Mark Robson directs the exciting action sequences with skill.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Von Ryan's Express is entertainment, not history. Viewers who accept that premise will probably enjoy this action-packed adventure film with a simple theme: escape. The year is 1943. Germans are moving northward in Italy after allies land in the south. When Italian overseers abandon a prison camp, the English and American POWs escape, but are recaptured by Germans and placed on a train bound for a concentration camp. Led by a U.S. pilot, Col. Joseph Ryan, the prisoners overtake the Germans and commandeer the train, pointing it toward Switzerland. Although the characters are little more than cardboard cutouts, the story is riveting and suspenseful. The escaping prisoners disguise themselves, dodge dive-bombing planes, pick off harassers in a tunnel, and coax their dead train to life. The cinematrography is strong and the action bully. Frank Sinatra earns his pay as Col.Ryan -- dubbed "Von Ryan" by his mostly British underlings for his unpopular policies in the prison camp -- and Trevor Howard is superb as cranky British officer Major Eric Fincham. The plot brims with close calls. In one scene, escapees wearing German uniforms must pass through Nazi checkpoints. Because only the POW chaplain (Edward Mulhare) speaks German, the other disguised soldiers can only nod or hem and haw when addressed. In another scene, the escapees must replace damaged railroad tracks while Germans close in. Viewers looking for heavy-duty angst and realism (à la Saving Private Ryan) won't find it here. What they will find is pure escapism (à la The Great Escape).

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
UPC:
0024543440611
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
10,561

Special Features

Disc One: ; Isolated score track with commentary by Jon Burlingame, Len Dobbs and Nick Redman; ; Disc Two: Reling the Adventure of Von Ryan's Express featurette; The Music of Von Ryan's Express featurette; Bringing Movies to Life: The Legend of Jerry Goldsmith featurette; Original theatrical trailer, Spanich trailer; TV spots; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Colonel Joseph Ryan
Trevor Howard Maj. Eric Fincham
Raffaella Carrà Gabriella
James Brolin Pvt. Ames
Brad Dexter Sergeant Bostick
Sergio Fantoni Captain Oriani
Edward Mulhare Constanzo
John Leyton Orde
Wolfgang Preiss Major Von Kleinment
Adolfo Celi Battaglia
Vito Scotti Italian Train Engineer
Richard Bakalyan Corporal Giannini
Michael Goodliffe Captain Stein
Ivan Triesault Von Kleist
Luther Adler Actor
John Day Actor
Barry Ford Ransom's Batman
Buzz Henry Actor
Eric Micklewood Ransom
Michael Romanoff Italian Nobleman
James B. Sikking American Soldier
Al Wyatt Actor
Gino Gottarelli Gortz's Aides
Benito Prezia Italian Corporal
Bard Stevens German Sergeant
Don Grant Actor
John van Dreelen Colonel Gortz
Michael St. Clair Sgt. Dunbar
Brian Gaffikin English voices

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director,Executive Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Saul David Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Joseph Landon Screenwriter
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Ben Nye Makeup
Walter Rossi Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Von Ryan's Express
1. The Downed Pilot
2. Main Titles
3. The Funeral
4. The American Colonel
5. A Full House
6. The Americans
7. The British
8. Escape Rations
9. The New Commander
10. The Naked Parade
11. Military Justice
12. Time to Move
13. Ryan's Mistake
14. A Train to Rome
15. Ryan's Plan
16. Into Action
17. Taking Over the Train
18. Traveling Plans
19. Nazi Masquerade
20. Rerouting the Train
21. A Tense Trade
22. The Right Thing to Do
23. As Escape Attempt
24. Found Out
25. Hell on the Tracks
26. It Can Be Done
27. Excape Through Milan
28. Messerschmidts
29. Repairing the Tracks
30. Blood on the Rails
31. Ryan's Victory
32. End Titles

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