Von Ryan's Express

Von Ryan's Express

DVD - 2001
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An American colonel (Sinatra) leads a group of British prisoners of war to freedom from a camp in Italy. He and a British officer (Howard) take over a German freight train in a bid for freedom.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC VON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 116 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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*Fave movie-quote* - "And, such things do not happen in America?"

Released in 1965 (and starring a noticeably scrawny, 50-year-old Frank Sinatra as the title character), I honestly found this WW2, hero-worship, drama to be hardly worth getting very excited about.

With its decidedly weak, paint-by-numbers storyline, this film certainly pushed the limits of daring and resourceful heroics just a little too far for their own good.

If nothing else - This 2-hour war/drama (set in 1943 in Italy) definitely went well out of its way to prove to its audience that the Nazis were all just a bunch of bungling "dummkopfs" (natch). And, in the same breath, this film repeatedly reinforced Colonel Ryan's complete adaptability and quick-thinking as though it were his second language, or something.

Anyway - For me, the comical highlight of this picture came about in a scene involving a pair of nylon stockings. I mean, you really need to see this scene for yourself in order to believe it in all of its utterly laughable absurdity.

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Apr 28, 2014

klemens82 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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