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Von Ryan's Express (1965) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Mark Robson and produced by Saul David.

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Trevor Howard was second choice for Major Fincham after Peter Finch turned it down.
According to Producer Saul David's memoirs Jack Hawkins and Peter Finch were possibles for the part of Major Fincham
Frank Sinatra mandated that this movie's ending be changed and subsequently this destroyed any possibility of a sequel that the 20th Century Fox studio was considering. In the original ending which appears in the source novel, Ryan is not killed as with the film's ending, he survives and with the other escaped POWs, is able to get to neutral Switzerland. This ending would have allowed Ryan, the movie's central character, to appear in a sequel. Sinatra wished for his character to be killed off to add a token of believability to the movie as well as for there to be redemption for the death of the female character Gabriella.
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