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Von Ryan's Express

Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 World War II adventure film produced and directed by Mark Robson, and starring Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard. Based on the 1964 novel of the same name by David Westheimer, Von Ryan's Express was a project keenly undertaken by 20th century Fox who were still financially reeling after the financial extravagance and critical bashing of Cleopatra. 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 full-scale prison camp as opposed to shooting on a backlot. Rumours of a personality clash between star Frank Sinatra, who was flown by helicopter to the set, and director Mark Robson, were seemingly not enough to dampen the making of a film that was shot with relatively little trouble, although Sinatra�s insistence on the ending of the film being altered put an end to a proposed sequel that Fox had in mind.