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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ol blue eyes at best
A very good war film about a group of prisoners being held by the Italians in WW2 who get a new senior allied officer,played by Sinatra,who eventually leads the whole group of prisoners on a mass escape with the German Army hot on their trails.The allied prisoners are aided by an Italian Officer who assists the P.O.W,s and gradually gains their respect.A super...
Published on 22 Dec 2002 by sjbanks12

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Night In
If one can ignore the "chocolate box" dressed American and the usual "America won the second world war" single handed syndrome - whether from outside or inside prisoner of war camps- meanwhile having to "endure" British idiots and Colonel Blimps (at least it gave Trevor Howard a living) at every stage then the film is a reasonable one and well worth watching.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ol blue eyes at best, 22 Dec 2002
A very good war film about a group of prisoners being held by the Italians in WW2 who get a new senior allied officer,played by Sinatra,who eventually leads the whole group of prisoners on a mass escape with the German Army hot on their trails.The allied prisoners are aided by an Italian Officer who assists the P.O.W,s and gradually gains their respect.A super performance by Trevor Howard as the senior British Officer,whom at first dislikes the new person in the camp but slowly comes to understand him.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best war film?, 31 Jan 2006
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This, in my opinion is a severly underrated film and deseves much more recognition than it recieves. It is actually my favourite war film- even better than the great escape? Yes I think so. The action sequences are fantastic and grip you from the start as you are willing these men to safety aboard Von Ryan's Express.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable guilty pleasure, 9 Nov 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Von Ryan's Express belongs to the dying days of WW2-as-Boys-Own-adventure movies, where, for all the cynical window-dressing, the good guys can always outwit overwhelming numbers of Nazis and death is still heroic. It's also much more entertaining than it has any right to be as Frank Sinatra's unpopular new senior officer leads several hundred prisoners of war to freedom by hijacking a Nazi train and conning his way through Italy to Switzerland while Trevor Howard's old school British officer snipes at his bad form all the way and Edward Mulhare's loveable padre impersonates a German officer to get them past the checkpoints. Yep, it's The Great Escape meets The Train, with Great Escaper John Leyton along for the ride just in case anyone misses the connection. As big, not quite as dumb as it could be entertainment it certainly does the trick, throwing in an enjoyable if sparse Jerry Goldsmith score and a particularly memorable finale.

While the current single-disc UK PAL DVD only has a theatrical trailer as extra, first-time buyers might want to opt for the Region 1 NTSC 2-disc edition instead, although for those who already have the film the 2-DVD release really is hard to recommend for any but hardcore Jerry Goldsmith fans, the only notable extras being an isolated score track and a brief featurette on the composer. Aside from trailers and TV spots, the rest is made up with talking heads background featurettes with none of the films surviving participants contributing. Even worse is the fact that brief clips are used from a vintage behind the scenes short made during production, but the short itself is not included. It's fine for a first-time buy, but not really worth an upgrade if you already have the previous edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD, 5 Jun 2013
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Mr. G. Johns "Master Mason 6407" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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I saw this film when it was first released, and again on the television, several times, usually a Christmas. I recently was in Andalucia, southern Spain, where this film was recorded, namely 'The King's Path, Malaga' - and just had to watch the film again, after seeing the actual locations. I've always thought it was a great film, as, to me, Francis Albert Sinatra could do no wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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it was just as described, received package very quickly would definately do business again. A+++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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great film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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good as described in ad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 8 Mar 2014
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Excellent. Really good film - old but still has an excitement about it. Very pleased I purchased it just recently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great war film, 3 Nov 2013
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Frank sinatra is great in this ww2 film as the commanding officer in a pow camp, they leave the camp and steal a train posing as german soldiers whilst plotting their journey out of Germany and overcoming many obstacles along the way, shame about the sad ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 11 Aug 2013
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Another great WW2 story if you are into these. Good shots of Rome and Italy. Ideal for the older-set really.
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