Von Ryan's Express
Action, Adventure, War
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Mark Robson
Trevor Howard as Major Eric Fincham
Raffaella Carrà as Gabriella (as Raffaella Carra)
Sergio Fantoni as Capt. Oriani
Michael St. Clair as Sgt. Dunbar
Edward Mulhare as Costanzo
Adolfo Celi as Battaglia
John Van Dreelen as Col. Gortz (as John van Dreelen)
Brad Dexter as Sgt. Bostick
Michael Goodliffe as Captain Stein
Vito Scotti as Italian Train Engineer
James Brolin as Private Ames
Frank Sinatra as Col. Joseph L. Ryan
John Leyton as Orde
Richard Bakalyan as Corporal Giannini
Storyline: Ryan, an American POW, leads his fellow prisoners on a dangerous escape from the Germans in Italy. Having seemingly made errors of judgement, Ryan has to win the support of the mainly British soldiers he is commanding.
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Resolution 640x272 px
File Size 700 Mb
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Bitrate 837 Kbps
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An excellent portrayal of leadership
Von Ryan's Express is an excellent portrayal of leadership. Throughout the trials and tribulations of imprisonment and battle, Colonel Ryan demonstrates integrity, decisiveness, self-control, perseverance, flexibility, diplomacy and personal investment to the mission. Major Fincham, on the other hand, is the antithesis of good leadership. He is rigid, emotional, pushy, and reacts to quickly. Colonel Ryan stays focused on the mission as he battles both the unrelenting pursuit of the Germans and the unrelenting onslaught of criticism and insult from Major Fincham. It is a real treat to watch the interactions between these two men and the ultimate outcome of their relationship with one another.
Frank needed help in every movie he made
This one is no exception, Why anyone thinks that this guy can act is beyond me. The movie was silly and Frank being the leader is even sillier. This movie would have been done better even if Bing Crosby was the lead. I've seen him in many different movies, From Here to Eternity, Out on the Town, Robin and the Seven Hoods, and no matter what I see him in, it's the same untalented Frank. His voice may have been a hit for some but his acting is non plus at the best.
Robson's film gives us the necessary thrills to be pleased...
Sinatra is a cool American, whose P-38 is shot down over Italy in August 1943... The Allies were landing in Southern Italy, when Ryan is brought to an Italian prisoner of war camp...

Sensing that the end is underway, the Italians were trying to get out of the war, and the Nazis were trying to keep the Allies out and the Italians in...

A Fascist bully (Adolfo Celi) has ruled the POW camp, but with the collapse of Italian rule, he is thrown out...

The British prisoners - professional soldiers of the 9th Fusiliers, whose constant attempts to escape have led to half rations and the withholding of medicine - headed by a heated Major (Trevor Howard), are not in agreement with the unpopular pilot, Colonel Joseph Ryan... They think him insufficiently hostile to the Italians and have given an insulting 'von" to his name, insisting that he is in the wrong army...

The British get along with Ryan, however, when the escape is engineered... They seize a German train, and, impersonating German troops even as they evade German pursuers, try to make a run for it to the Swiss border... The viewers can forget about realism from that moment on... 'Von Ryan's Express' is pure adventure and courts no moral dilemmas in its story...

Director Mark Robson tries to combine the suspense of 'The Great Escape' with the exciting action of 'The Guns of Navarone,' and he's successful enough... The pace is quick... The Italian locations are attractive... The confrontations with German troops are well handled...

Ryan is a pragmatic character not unlike the far more tragic Col. Nicholson in 'The Bridge on the River Kwai.' As a colonel master-minding commando raids, he brings the film to a great climax on an Alpine viaduct...

With the exception of a strange and shocking scene where a sexy escapee is gunned down in the back, ' Von Ryan's Express' gives us the necessary thrills to be pleased...
Good Show Colonel
The movie is of prison of war and all about their escape. I thought movie would be boring but I was wrong. Splendid movie made me cry at last part. There is nothing to criticize in this movie. All the characters did their part very well. A bit of suspense you can find. And the movie is not predictable. You'll never loose your interest while watching it. I'll add this movie in my list.
Sinatra At His Very Best
It is hard for me to believe that this film is now 51 years old. It seems like only yesterday that i stumbled on this gem in my first flush of cinema going youth. Based on a popular book of the era, this is world war 2 as adventure, and not in any way a recreation of events. Do not confuse this action escape yarn with the John Frankenheimer/Burt Lancaster drama The Train, that excellent movie is a very different animal. In Mark Rodson's Von Ryan's Express the emphasis is on entertaining high adventure and in its day this was an exciting escape thriller. Sinatra in his most successful box office role plays a brash self motivated American officer who leads a mostly British train load of prisoners of war to safety via the Swiss alps from internment in occupied Italy aided by many good none Nazi Italian's. The friction between the stiff regimented Brit's and the free loading American improvisation has been done so many times it has long been a creche but here it is very entertainingly achieved.I do hope i will not spoil the film for a first time viewer but the ending differs from the book with a so dull but very period down beat ending. As a foot note back in 1965 pop music and the charts was my generations "Cell Phone/Computer Game" where we were at, happening! Only slowly therefore did i discover Sinatra was a singer first and an actor second, but to this very day, i consider Sinatra a true movie star. Please give "Von Ryan's Express" a watch and i'm sure you will enjoy this cinematic moment in time.
Robust war epic with hearty Sinatra performance...
Superior WWII adventure has American Colonel Frank Sinatra leading large group of English POW's in takeover of a Nazi train near Milano, Italy. Fine characterizations and a full-bodied direction by Mark Robson give this epic a vivid sweep. Full of humor and pathos, the film doesn't present the Nazis as weak targets or stumblebums--they are all-business, and an evil, clever opponent in war. The Americans struggle and plan, they come up with ideas that don't work out and have to rely on man-power and each other to survive. Excellent work from Sinatra, plus terrific supporting performances by Trevor Howard and Edward Mulhare (who, as the American priest, has a very funny sequence where he's called upon to impersonate a Nazi). A good show, one with a curiously downbeat, but thoughtful and well-staged finale. *** from ****
How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Really Trying
With the success of the film The Great Escape (1963) a new film genre was born, the "prisoner-of-war-escape" film. Marc Robson's film Von Ryan's Express (1965) is one such film that is basically a remake of The Great Escape. The prisoners are being held by the Italian (instead of the Germans); there's a "sweatbox" instead of a "cooler"; and Frank Sinatra is saving the day instead of Steve McQueen. Express is basically a remake of The Great Escape and not a very good one. The film falls short in trying to convey a realistic story, with choppy dialogue and poor acting this film is just not that great.

Old Baby Face is at it again as he attempts to portray a no-nonsense war Colonel, Joseph Ryan, the American soldier who will lead POWs to freedom. Watching Frank Sinatra try to evoke the power he had with The Manchurian Candidate but just couldn't do it. He acts like a little kid does when they are in charge but are lost in the shadows of stronger people like Trevor Howard's character as Major Eric Finchman.

The film is built to be an "escape-film" and the whole film moves quickly to get to the escape and it's not that great of an escape. Everything that someone would expect to happen does, the audience knows when something will go wrong and who will die because the film is a generic representation of the "escape-film."

This is a film that can be watched on a lazy Saturday afternoon because it requires no deep thinking and no need to pay close attention because the film isn't that hard to follow.
"A bird-colonel out-ranks a bird-brain, clear?"
Von Ryan's Expess is an enjoyable enough WWII escape film, but it's far from perfect. The plot is simple and straightforward – a band of allied POWs, led by Colonel Joseph L. Ryan (Frank Sinatra), take over a German prisoner train and use it to find freedom in Switzerland. While the plot may be far-fetched, it makes for an interesting idea for a movie. The acting is good, but I don't think this is Sinatra's best moment. Regardless of what others have said, I'm of the opinion that almost anyone could have played the part of Colonel Ryan – and probably played it better. The real star to me is Trevor Howard. He steals every scene in which he appears. Locations, sets, and the use of a real train give the film a fairly authentic feel. The scenes filmed in the mountains are particularly impressive.

But, as I stated, Von Ryan's Express is not perfect. Beyond the problems I have with the story's absurdity and Sinatra's acting, the movie runs on far too long. Tighter editing, particularly early on in the film, might have made for a better film. There really isn't much going on before the escape gets underway that couldn't have been edited by about 15 minutes. Also, some of the action sequences are far from realistic. There are too many scenes where the German soldiers fall like dominoes while being completely unable to hit anything with their guns. It just looks silly.

In the end, even with the shortcomings, Von Ryan's Express is an entertaining movie. But it's those shortcomings that keep me from rating it any higher.
One for train buffs - like me!
Copyright 23 June 1965 by P-R Productions. Released through 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. New York opening simultaneously at Loew's State and the Tower East: 23 June 1965. U.S. release: 23 June 1965. U.K. release: 16 August 1965. Sydney opening at the Regent. 117 minutes. Cut to 110 minutes in the U.K.

NOTES: Nominated for an Academy Award for Sound Effects, losing to the only other nominee, "The Great Race". Number 9 at the U.S. box- office for 1965. Number 7 at U.K. ticket- windows. The movie did equal business in Australia. Locations for the $6,000,000 epic follows the route of the escaping POW's, from the Adriatic coast of central Italy, through Rome, Pisa, Florence, Bologna, Milan and the Italian Alps which lead to Switzerland. Many key scenes were enacted in railroad stations, and these were filmed by conventional methods. Aboard the speeding train, Robson had to utilize techniques which introduced the element of danger to his task. A camera jeep was fitted out with special wheels to enable it to ride on the tracks at speeds up to 90 miles per hour. Robson and his camera crew were perched in a rostrum atop the jeep as they chased after Von Ryan's Express.

COMMENT: My one and only complaint is that the ending is a bit abrupt — none of the usual obligatory shots of the train winding on. Right then and there, I — and the rest of the audience — wanted to see it all over again. For a powerful and compelling use of CinemaScope, it's hard to go past Von Ryan's Express. Typical Hollywood — just as a medium is mastered and finally licked into artistic and entertaining shape, it's jettisoned for some new fad... CinemaScope was never more involving than in this movie which seems to have been specifically designed from the outset with all the capabilities of the wider screen firmly in mind.

A war picture with a difference. True, there's plenty of gun-'em- down action, but there's also suspenseful drama to pin it all on, including an arresting character conflict — grippingly acted — between Sinatra's 90-day American colonel and Howard's seeded professional British major. The support players are not wanting in charisma either, particularly strong performances coming from Edward Mulhare as the padre, Fantoni, Celi, Carra, Preiss and even Ivan Triesault (speaking German like a native).

Von Ryan's Express is a must for all train buffs of course, with the last half of the film excitingly staged on actual Italian locations. Robson heads up unusually fine technical credits. His direction here has an unobtrusive efficiency and confidence often lacking in his more morally ambitious projects.
Rollicking Railway Adventure
Ol' Blue Eyes has always appeared to be an under-utilised asset in the serious movie drama. And although this item is, like so many war movies, very much a tongue-in-cheek poke at the beastly fascists it still has good dramatic moments. Sinatra is extremely well cast as the airman who is only an officer of necessity. He's a basically decent, practical bloke who just wants to win, but also survive if he possibly can. Unlike the almost fanatical British officer, steeped in military tradition, played more easily but still competently by reliable Trevor Howard.

They hijack the train that is taking POW's from Italy to Germany and re-route it to Switzerland. Cue for a cat-and-mouse chase.

It's a wee bit formulaic, with all of the usual clichés - crooked gestapo spivs, blindingly pedantic Nazi officers, simple moral issues about right and wrong. But like Northwest Frontier or The Guns of Navarone; it's well paced and entertaining.

I'm afraid I belong to the 'Why Didn't They Do' school of viewer, and towards the end, when they're high up in the foothills of The Alps, they are delayed by a broken track and at the same time pursued by a German military train a couple of miles behind but several hundred feet below. And the question I ask is this: before removing the rails behind their train to repair the track in front of it, why didn't they unhitch the last coach or couple of coaches, and send them careering back downhill to collide with the upcoming German train? Logical, really.

That rather spoils the ending for me.
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