Friday, June 5, 2015

Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Director: Mark Robson. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, James Brolin. 117 min. Unrated. Action/War.

The elements of this WWII oldie created the urge to look up its chronology among other WWII Hollywood fare. Hundreds of Allied POWs in a prison camp trying to escape is obviously borrowing from The Great Escape (1963) of two years before, and the concept of each Allied troop single-handedly gunning down hundreds of Nazis to meet their maker was copied three years later in Where Eagles Dare (1968). So there's a WWII film supply chain at work here, with the lone American playing the savior hero, and an ending predictable from a mile away. Still, oldies are always fun.

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