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Title:
Von Ryan's Express
Author:
Robson, Mark, 1913-1978.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
American combat pilot Col. Joseph Ryan is shot down over Nazi-controlled Italy and joins U.S. and English WWII troops in a prison camp during the summer of 1943. Given the insulting nickname "Von Ryan" because he initially seems more concerned with surviving than escaping, the colonel eventually leads Allied prisoners, as their new top ranking officer, in a daredevil race for freedom by commandeering an entire German freight train bound for Switzerland, with the Nazis in hot pursuit.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1965.

Based on the novel by David Westheimer.

Bonus features noted on container.

Closed-captioned.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
UPC:
024543030034

024543030041
Format :
DVD

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Von Ryan's Express is a fast-paced, well-acted World War II drama, featuring a squadron of Allied soldiers trying to escape a prison camp in Italy. While most of the prisoners at the camp are British, a determined, resourceful American Air Force colonel (Frank Sinatra) takes charge and leads the escape, which requires that the prisoners wrest control of a German train and propel it through Italy to Switzerland. The subsequent ride, featuring good special effects and outstanding stunt work, is great fun and very suspenseful. Frank Sinatra makes an effective action hero aided by veteran actor Trevor Howard as a British officer. The CinemaScope photography is outstanding and director Mark Robson directs the exciting action sequences with skill. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi


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