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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
He is an American airplane pilot that is shot down in Italy. Kudos to the Italians ; they protect him from Germans that
would have shot him on sight , and deliver him to a prison camp. By coincidence the senior allied commander has
recently died in the hotbox and Frank finds himself in command. The War is almost over , and he knows it , so he's not if favour of
the escape plans already underway. This makes him VERY unpopular. At one point the Italian prison guards hear how the wind is blowing , and split during the night. The whole prison camp tries to march towards the sea , but are captured by a German patrol,
who are not ready to surrender. They put the prisoners on a train and intend to move them into Germany. The prisoners take
over the train and con their way to freedom. Great fun , have watched it many times on TV. Now can watch whenever I want.
Of note : this movie boasts the largest all male nude scene of all time , but don't worry , the plot requires it and
the camera shot is so ,long you won't see a thing!
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.Read more ›
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Very good movie, starring Frank Sinatra, set initially in a POW camp in Italy (I believe) during the second world war, from which the prisoners escape and go on a harrowing train... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Graham Hyatt
Enjoyed this movie very much. Great acting, particularly by Frank Sinatra. Lots of action.Published 4 months ago by Bonnie Ethier
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