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Von Ryan's Express Blu-ray Review | writes: Exempted from military service during WWII—supposedly for a perforated ear drum and emotional instability—crooner/actor Frank Sinatra eventually played soldier in a handful of films about the war, including From Here to Eternity, Kings Go Forth, and Von Ryan's Express. The latter is one of his better movies; on paper it may play like a rip-off combination of 1963's The Great Escape and 1964's The Train —and it does ape elements from both—but the 1965 adventure is plenty thrilling in its own right, tensely directed by Mark Robson and loosely based on a novel by David Westheimer.

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