Von Ryan's Express

Von Ryan's Express

DVD - 2007
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Ryan, an American POW, leads his fellow prisoners on a dangerous escape from the Germans in Italy. Having seemingly made errors of judgement, Ryan has to win the support of the mainly British soldiers he is commanding.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE WAR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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ManMachine
Dec 10, 2015

*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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klemens82
Apr 28, 2014

klemens82 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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