Von Ryan's Express

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Set in a World War II PoW camp in Italy, this starts with what looks like becoming solemn Bridge on the River Kwai stiff-upper-lippery, but soon turns into a ripping adventure. Directed with amused panache by Robson, and helped no end by a fine cast, it's action all the way as Sinatra contrives a mass escape which culminates in the theft of a train and a wild dash through German-occupied Italy to Switzerland and liberty. There's the masquerade in German uniforms to obtain the papers which will permit them to proceed; a sinister encounter with a Gestapo agent who turns out to be more interested in black marketeering; an attack on the main railway control tower at Milan; a superb final battle with the train perched precariously on a slender viaduct high in the Alps while the prisoners struggle to free a blocked tunnel, ward off attacking aircraft, and halt their pursuers. As much fun as an old-time serial.

By: TM


Release details

117 mins

Cast and crew

Mark Robson
Wendell Mayes, Joseph Landon
Frank Sinatra
Trevor Howard
Raffaella Carra
Sergio Fantoni
Brad Dexter
John Leyton
Wolfgang Preiss
James Brolin
Adolfo Celi
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