The Flight of the Phoenix

The Flight of the Phoenix

DVD - 2003
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A small passenger plane makes a forced landing in the Sahara. The challenge: survival. The tiny band from the plane fights off thirst, Arabs, treachery, declining morale and despair. Incredibly, the plane, like the legendary phoenix that rises from its own ashes, flies again.

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akirakato
Mar 31, 2016

This is a 1965 American aviation-survival drama produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Elleston Trevor.
Frank Towns (James Stewart) is the pilot of a twin-engine Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo plane flying from Jaghbub to Benghazi in Libya.
Lew Moran (Richard Attenborough) is the navigator.
All of a sudden, the sandstorm causes an engine malfunction.
The plane crash-lands in the desert.
With no functioning radio to call for help, the survivors wait to be rescued, but the storm has blown them too far off-course to be found.
Although they have a large quantity of dates for food, they calculate their water will last for only ten to fifteen days.
Among the survivors is a German aeronautical engineer played by Dan Duryea.
The only hope is to build a new aircraft from the wreckage.
Although the idea seems foolish, it is a really gripping, emotionally-charged and profoundly entertaining piece with a laughing-to-death twist.

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JackPurcell
Mar 13, 2015

A great flying movie, great marooned in the desert movie, great actors, great plot. The final scene of the bastardized aircraft flying actually killed the man flying it during the filming of the original movie.

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pokano
Mar 06, 2015

One of my favorite movies of all time! With a great cast! Jimmy Stewart is the pilot of a plane that goes down in the Sahara. The movie illustrates how the different personalities on the plane react to their situation. Suspenseful, beautifully acted.

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garycornell
Aug 24, 2014

Director Robert Aldrich had it all on the movie set of "The Flight of the Phoenix". He had a great script and a great cast. Today Richard Attenborough died, and he gave this movie a great performance. He stared along with James Stewart, Peter Finch, Hardty Kruger, Ernest Borgnine, Dan Duryea and George Kennedy. A plane forced down by weather in the Sahara Desert. The crew must keep together to get out of the terrible situation. A great story and cast. Don't miss this movie.

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Monolith
Nov 02, 2013

A terrific cast, led by a cranky Jimmy Stewart, in this tightly wound pressure cooker from Robert Aldrich. I found the script very engaging, and I can't imagine the remake with Dennis Quaid even having a remote possibility of outdoing this classic, regardless of modern special effects and/or CGI. Not a chance. These actors (Jimmy Stewart, cantankerous or not, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine, Hardy Krüger, etc.) and directors were cut from a different cloth, that is no more.

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neonkc
Apr 16, 2013

mmm

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bibliomutti
Jun 22, 2012

Yes, this is a movie that deserves more attention. I first saw it on t.v. - as a young girl in the 1970's. It is one of my favourite films (along with The Third Man and To Kill a Mockingbird).

I have not seen the remake.

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GHN
Oct 05, 2011

I have the remake of this movie by 20th Century Fox with Denis Quaid in 2005. The story line is same in both with more grandiose scenes and a a few additional suspended moments in the newer release. I give this version only four stars mainly due to the existence of the 2005 version, otherwise it could get a five stars from me.

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GHN
Oct 05, 2011

I have the remake of this movie by 20th Century Fox with Denis Quaid in 2005. The story line is same in both with more grandiose scenes and a a few additional suspended moments in the newer release. I give this version only four stars mainly due to the existence of the 2005 version, otherwise it could get a five stars from me.

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docjnsuss
Jun 05, 2011

One of the best survival movies ever made. Jimmy Stewart leads an all-star cast in a story that provides suspense, intrigue and men in total survival mode. Just surviving in the desert is hard enough, but planning and executing an escape seems impossible. Storytelling at its best.

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Monolith
Nov 02, 2013

Frank Towns (writing in his journal): "We've worked at it two nights now... but, Dorfmann's brainchild looks less like an airplane than it did when we started. It's almost midday and he's still working. He's right about one thing, though... The little men with the slide-rules and computers are going to inherit the Earth."

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