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Von Ryan's Express
Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from Nazi Germany by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.
You'll get your Iron Cross now, "Von" Ryan!
-Major Eric Fincham
20th Century Fox was still feeling the financial blow and critical bashing of Cleopatra so they went to an old reliable Hollywood standby; the World War II Adventure Film. They didn't want simply a hit, but wanted to prove they could still make big successful films both financially and critically. David Westheimer's 1964 novel proved to be the perfect source material for what they were looking for.
Directed by Mark Bobson, the story has some great ambiguity to it. Frank Sinatra plays Col. Joseph L. Ryan, on all American hero. At the beginning of the film you're under the impression that the American Hero is going to come to…
There are certain actors that always suited uniforms. The likes of James Stewart or Lee Marvin always had that extra masculine appeal from military garb with Marvin finding a career doing so after actually being in the marines.Old blue eyes himself Frank Sinatra might not have been a war hero like Stewart and Marvin, but he sure looked good in the uniform. From Here To Eternity, On The Town, even the Manchurian Candidate gave our Frank that extra bit of swagger and here in Mark Robson's 1965 war film he rules the roost as a US pilot shot down over Italy.
It's 1943 and the Yanks have landed in Sicily. For Colonel Joseph Ryan however his war looks over as…
I thought I'd put a couple of Frank Sinatra films on this weekend, to celebrate the 100th birthday of the great man.
As someone who loves films more than he loves music, it's not perhaps all that big a surprise that I revere Sinatra's work as an actor more than his musical career. I also love his music, but I do wonder just how highly regarded as an actor he could have been if he hadn't been dead good at singing and that.
Compared to some in his filmography, Von Ryan's Express wouldn't perhaps top many people's lists as his best performance. But it really should be somewhere near the top. Anyone witnessing his constant back-and-forths with Trevor Howard and…
"You'll get your Iron Cross now, Von Ryan!"
There is a whole batch of war films that have become a staple diet of Saturday and Sunday tea-time TV viewing over here in the UK over the last couple of decades. Where Eagles Dare, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Kelly's Heroes, The Guns Of Navarone - reliable late afternoon viewing that you can pass away over 2 or 3 hours in front of without really extending yourself too much.
They're perfect for that slot because they strike the perfect balance between high quality action and adventure and stirring wartime heroism where we can cheer our boys and boo the Nazis. None of this rabble rousing nonsense regarding pacifism or anything…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When I was growing up watching a war based action film on a Sunday afternoon with my Dad was a pretty common occurrence. We watched all the big favourites such as Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare tons of times, and I thought I’d seen all the great entries in this genre. That was until I watched Von Ryan’s Express for the first time, having only heard it mentioned a few times in passing previously. How it’s taken me this long to see it I truly have no idea.
The first third of the film is more like a prison camp drama with American Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) finding himself in charge of a mostly British camp of…
Exzellenter Hochglanzkriegsfilm mit famoser Besetzung (Sinatra, Edward "Knight Rider" Mulhare, William Berger, Paul Muller, Wolfgang "Mabuse" Preiss, Trevor Howard, Adolfo Celi ...) Heute sitzt da Brad Pitt mit Schorsch Clooney im Zug und - ach, lassen wir das ...
Imagine if The Great Escape and Wages of Fear had a much less interesting baby. Great effects though near the end.
Von Ryan's Express is a pretty standard POW escape flick — basically Bridge on the River Kwai and The Great Escape, but with Frank Sinatra and a train and an hour shorter. Forgettable nazi villains. A group of protagonists that lack distinguishable traits, most of them blending together into one homogenous band of soldiers to root for. A couple thrilling sequences toward the end, but otherwise completely average.
Von Ryan is a damn good Yank. Doesn't rape when offered the opportunity, feels bad about summary execution and would rather avoid it altogether. He's streetwise with a touch a classic American cynicism. It's a nasty war and he's the one we need.
Shot down over Italy, Ryan is locked up in a POW camp dominated by militaristic Brits. He knows liberation is on the way, so he's opposed to any daring escapes. But when Italy falls to the Allies and the Germans start ramping up operations there, it's as good a time as any to high tail it out of there.
It's a solid WWII adventure romp. Lot's heroism and humor. I always think its interesting to see these…
Enjoyable WWII POW escape movie, not a lot of suspense.
I saw this when I was 13 or 14, but all I remembered was one of the characters falling on the railway tracks after being shot. It’s a big 1960s Hollywood action movie: compared to earlier Hollywood action movies it has bigger production values and location shooting, a certain sense of realism; compared to today’s Hollywood action movies its characters are more human, less figures in a video game, again a certain sense of realism. Yet, it lacks the narrative efficiency of the best of the old and new action movies (I thought it was much longer than its 2 hours) and while it attempts to create rounded figures, I’m not sure it really achieves it: finally, I think it…
Folle corsa verso la Svizzera di un convoglio ferroviario preso da un gruppo di prigionieri di guerra inglesi guidati da Frank Sinatra nell'Italia controllata dai nazisti.
Azione, humour, italiani trattati come macchiette (imperdonabile la parte fatta fare ad un grande attore come Adolfo Celi, ma gli americani li conosciamo...), tedeschi tutti cattivi e una giovanissima Raffaella Carra'.
An exciting WWII POW movie with a strong dark ending. Plus Frank Sinatra is dressed as a nazi for the majority of the movie.
The first half of Mark Robson's bland 60's war films, with The Lost Command following just a year later. As expected, Frank Sinatra is out of place as the titular Ryan, an American recently stuck in a POW camp full of British. Ryan represents the stagnantly perfect "good" guy that dominated so many previously bland American war films, while despite being allies, the British here are portrayed as stubborn, unsympathetic, and clueless--until Sinatra's Ryan comes along and helps them escape. Ryan has a few written in flaws that attempt to sting, but these are merely slight diversions for our boring hero.
It's a film still very stuck in the sentimentality and predictable nature of films made ten or fifteen years…
Plain ol' good WWII movie.
My appreciation of Trevor Howard (1913-1988) grew later in life and after his passing, around the time I finally caught…