Von Ryan Express

Von Ryan's ExpressStarringFrank Sinatra, Trevor HowardSergio Fantoni

Directed byMark Robson

Written byDavid Westheimer (novel), Wendell MayesJoseph Landon

Year: 1965

Plot: A group of British POVs (with a sprinkle of some Yanks) makes a daring run for freedom, all the way from northern Italy to Switzerland. Their fearless leader is no other than devilishly charismatic Frank Sinatra.

Pros: A true classic from the era before the gore and uber-realism of combat scenes took over.

Cons: Classics are ageless, so it would be crass to say that it shows its age, but…

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