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Von Ryan's Express (Widescreen)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Forget Indiana Jones. This 1965 high adventure stars Frank Sinatra as the leader of a mass escape from a World War II POW camp in Italy. That mission accomplished, Old Blue Eyes has sundry adventures camouflaging the freed men as German soldiers, trying to fool the Gestapo, and finally doing battle with enemy planes and ground troops while trying to get a hijacked train through a blocked tunnel. Sinatra is in great form and director Mark Robson handles the endless chain of action set-pieces with panache. A great pulse-quickener. --Tom Keogh

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sinatra Adventure May 22 2003
Von Ryan's Express is an excellent war adventure set in Italy during WWII. The movie is about a group of prisoners attempting to escape to freedom by taking over the train they are being transported on. They are led by a man they hate, US Air Force Colonel Joseph Ryan, because of the way things happened in the past prison camp. This is a very exciting movie with plenty of action and also a unique story out of World War II. As well, the conclusion is one of the best endings to a war movie ever. Trevor Howard's line is the perfect capper.
This movie boasts an excellent cast to go along with fine storytelling and action. Frank Sinatra is very good as Colonel Ryan with Trevor Howard also great as his second in command British Major Fincham. Also joining them are Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare as Father Costanza in a very funny role, and Wolfgang Preiss in another role as an arrogant German officer. This is a very good movie with an impressive cast alongside a good story. Excellent musical score by Jerry Goldsmith also. The DVD gives a widescreen presentation, remastered stereo, and also theatrical trailers from several movies including this one. A worthwhile movie for Sinatra fans and action fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun movie Nov. 20 2012
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this is a good movie and Frank Sinatra plays a good performance. The ending was apparently changed on his request and I think he was right to end the movie that way. The suspense is kept up right up to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid World War II action... April 1 2002
By trebe
One of the best World War II action-adventure movies, Von Ryan's Express, is an exciting and suspense filled ride. The movie follows the exploits of a group of Allied prisoners, liberated from an Italian POW camp, in their bid for freedom on a hijacked troop train.
Frank Sinatra is Colonel Joseph Ryan, a pilot shot down over Italy in 1943, shortly before the fall of the country to the Allies. Captured, he is placed in an Italian POW camp, where the Allied commanding officer has just died as a result of punishment inflicted by the camp's Commander (Aldolfo Celi). As the highest ranking Allied officer, Ryan assumes command, much to the consternation of the ranking British officer (Trevor Howard). Because Italy's collapse appears imminent, Ryan seeks to immediately improve the conditions for the men in camp, at the expense of preparations for escape. For this perceived collaboration, he is christened "Von Ryan" by his own side.
When Italy falls, the prisoners find themselves unguarded as their Italian captors have disappeared. The group ventures out into the countryside, but is soon recaptured, this time by Nazi forces, who ruthlessly execute the wounded prisoners. The remaining men are put aboard a troop train for transport to a German run POW camp. Led by Ryan, the Allied forces commandeer the train in a violent take over. As the train proceeds north towards the Fatherland, the only Nazi left alive is Major Von Klemment (Wolfgang Preiss). His lovely mistress, Gabriella (Rafella Cara) is also aboard. The German language skills of the camp's chaplain (Edward Mulhare), are put to good use as he impersonates a Nazi officer allowing the train to continue on its escape route.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Sintatra Express Dec 14 2001
Von Ryan's Express is a somewhat unheralded -- yet must see -- film for WWII fans and Sinatra fans alike.
Granted, the movie is a smidgen below The Great Escape, but not by much. If you liked that movie, and who didn't, then you are sure to like this one. Instead of Steve McQueen this has Frank Sinatra who carries this role off to perfection. What makes Von Ryan's character so appealing is the believable character growth. Ryan begins appeasing his captors in exchange for fairer treatment; but over the course of the movie this changes radically and he leads a prison escape on a hijacked train through the spectacular Alps of Northern Italy.
The movie also offers fine acting by Trevor Howard, and an unknown Italian beauty. The costumes and sets are perfect recreations and of interest to people who reminisce or read about that era. Dialogue is excellent. And scenery is of sweeping beauty. I also loved the old trains.
This movie is an unheralded gem. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Escaping? Why Not Take the Train? Oct. 4 2001
A lot of effort went into this 1965 military war film classic. Now you don't have to wait for the movie on American Movie Classics to see it in wide-screen. The DVD version was released in Summer 2001. Frank Sinatra, playing the part of a downed American pilot, leads hundreds of POWs on a dash for the Swiss frontier in this action packed movie. Most of the action takes place on a hijacked Italian train, formerly commanded by the German military, as it winds its way ever deeper into enemy territory. Trevor Howard and Edward Mulhare (Known best for his roles in American television shows such as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and Knight Rider)co-star. Also, look for Wolfgang Preis reprising the role of a German officer for the un-teenth time in his long career (The Longest Day, Anzio, Raid on Rommel, A Bridge Too Far, Battle of the Commandos, The Train, Is Paris Burning?, Ike the War Years, etc.). This film has nonstop action, train chases, aerial attacks and scenic Italian locations. If you haven't seen this film in wide-screen, now's your chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent movie from the 1960s
Published 2 months ago by Larry Buchan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good WWII Drama
This 'escape' film has plenty of action and suspense. The actors including Sinatra are well suited to their roles. Enjoyable if you like WWII films.
Published 7 months ago by Awsta
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW ON VON RYAN' EXPRESS
Published 7 months ago by RAZ BHIMANI
4.0 out of 5 stars a rousing tale
I like action of this older movie and the stars from years gone by.
Also, a bit of humour mixed in with the seriousness.
Published 9 months ago by Roberta Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Sinatra doesn't sing in this one.
One of my favorite WW II movies , along with Kelly's Heros . Frank Sinatra is a good actor in this one , and is the hero. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Big Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of product
I received this item in good time and good condition. If there happens to be any other products I need from this person, I will not hesitate to order. Thank you
Published on May 19 2010 by Robert W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding WWII action film
Easily one of the best action movies I've seen, and it just goes to show you that action movies don't need gratuitous violence to be awesome (it's rated PG). Read more
Published on July 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
My apologies in advance to the legion of fans out there, but somehow the idea of a "good" Frank Sinatra film seems oxymoronic. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by R. Kunath
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality
This is a great WWII movie with a wonderful storyline.
Published on Sept. 7 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars surprising movie
I saw this when i was very young, I think about 10, on an ad filled 13 inch b & w ( yeah, we did not know about dvd back in the day). Read more
Published on June 20 2003
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