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Classic film,sinatra and trevor howard excelled in this movie. An american pow leads a group of mainly british prisoners to escape from the germans in wwii. Abused by a corrupt commandant adolfo celi, the men protest and resist. Johns amazing trains chambs123 recommended for you 28. The cinemascope photography is outstanding and director mark robson directs the exciting. Frank sinatra, trevor howard, brad dexter, raffaella carra en sergio fantoni. From internet movie firearms database guns in movies, tv and video games. Italys defeat may be imminent, but that causes only confusion for the british and. The great escape 1963, the guns of navarone 1961, where eagles dare 1968, kelly s heroes 1970, the inglorious bastards 1978. Italys defeat may be imminent, but that causes only confusion for the british and american inmates. Nonetheless, mark robsons film is packed with action and occasionally technically impressive.
The movie is about a group of prisoners attempting to escape to freedom by taking over the train they are being. The screenplay concerns a group of allied prisoners of war who conduct a daring escape by hijacking a freight train and fleeing through germanoccupied italy to switzerland. The great escape 1963, the guns of navarone 1961, where eagles dare 1968, kellys heroes 1970, the inglorious bastards 1978. The film credits and all promotion publicity still say a cinemascope picture. 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. As the italian war effort collapses, the escapees are aided by their captors, but when the germans catch on, they set out to halt the escape with an armored train and aerial attack. Director mark robson and his screenwriter wendell mayes have. Westheimers 1965 novel my sweet charlie became a play and, in 1968, an acclaimed television film. Based on the novel by david westheimer, the film changes several aspects of the novel, most. Fox, in a bid to prove that they were still able to make films on an epic scale, shot extensively on location in europe and built a fullscale prison camp as. Like a strip from every schoolboys favourite, the commando comic, this is a ripping yarn of a wwii adventure story that also manages to rather subtly. Like a strip from every schoolboy s favourite, the commando comic, this is a ripping yarn of a wwii adventure story that also manages to rather subtly and neatly turn a particular hollywood cliche on its head.
World war ii story about allied prisoners who stage a mass breakout from an italian pow camp, commandeer a train and head towards the swiss border. The deservedly famous ending goes against audience expectations. The oscarnominated special effects range from some good miniature trains almost the entire nighttime firebombing scene to some dynamic but weakly superimposed. Frank sinatra stars in this implausible but relatively engaging wwii pow escape film, playing col. It was one of frank sinatras most commercially successful films, a great rousing war adventure that culminates in a spectacular action sequence where prisoners fleeing on a train are pursued by fighter planes and german.1 272 1287 555 131 850 142 494 18 931 1170 578 1047 1161 202 736 1256 65 333 746 872 1412 1409 637 730 1388 444 1161 1041 246 1366 84 738 289