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The Flight of the Phoenix

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)


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Based on Elleston Trevor's novel, The Flight of the Phoenix opens with a well-staged plane crash in the middle of the Sahara desert. The pilot (James Stewart) and the navigator (Richard Attenborough) do their best to maintain order among the survivors, a group of oil men not well-suited for survival in the desert wastes. Some of those who appear to be the most resourceful reveal themselves to be inept or cowardly, while other less prepossessing types -- notably bespectacled Standish (Dan Duryea)

May 20, 2003

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Directed by Aldrich, this disaster picture about a plane crash boasts a terrific ensemble cast, headed by Jimmy Stewart and inluding Peter Finch and Ian Bannen in Oscar nominated turn.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Plays against convention by raising scary questions about leadership.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A criminally underrated adventure classic.

September 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Gets exciting mileage out of examining male codes of honor and behavior.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

This is a different kind of action movie, but it's all the better for it.

March 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

Relentless, gripping lost in desert vehicle.

October 25, 2004

A smart character study disguised as a thriller, and well worth viewing.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Don't watch this before your next flight.

September 20, 2002
Chico Enterprise-Record

Absorbing study of men under pressure never flags

January 1, 2000 Full Review

It's a terrific and underrated action/adventure movie; especially compared to some of today's Summertime blockbuster "thrillers."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for The Flight of the Phoenix

Robert Aldrich's Flight of the Phoenix is a near flawless classic action thriller that boasts a tremendous cast of phenomenal talent. The plot is very simply, and for that you get much more out of your viewing experience. The film concerns survivors of a plane crash in the desert trying to survive and rebuild their plane in order to live. Throughout the film there is a sense of tension and the situation that the characters are in, makes it an edge of your seat experience that makes a very memorable film to watch. With a cast like this director Robert Aldrich film is well structured and exciting despite its simplistic ideas on-screen. The film doesn't rely on great ideas to tell an interesting story, it has a simple plot with great acting and effective directing and that is what makes the film good. Aldrich would later direct the classic The Dirty Dozen, but with this film, he crafted something simple yet even more effective at delivering terrific entertainment than most of today's motion pictures. There is always a tense atmosphere throughout the film that keeps you hooked from start to finish and it combines action and suspense all in one film. Flight of the Phoenix is a near flawless picture that is a must see classic for genre fans or anyone looking for a simple story with great acting. This is a film that embraces its material to the fullest, and Robert Aldrich successfully manages to pull off something truly one of a kind. Any film fans will surely enjoy this picture and it is a wonderfully crafted movie that is much more exciting than what you would think. The cast which is headed by James Stewart is great and each actor brings something to the screen that makes this picture stand out among other survival action thrillers.
April 12, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This adventure about a couple of men crash landing in the desert and trying to build a new plane from the remains while their egos are crushing is a true classic. The acting, even though over the top a few times, which may be a sign of the times, is outstanding and makes you feel as if you've known those characters for years. Their confrontations are a pleasure to watch, even while you cheer for them to get along and make it out of there together. A couple of smart twists, the great realistic atmosphere of the burning sun and the lack of water and the awesome finale make this one of the best films of the genre. One to be viewed over and over again.
September 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

A trifle long but loaded with good performances and an interesting story. Greatly superior to terrible recent remake.
December 13, 2009
jay nixon

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A brilliant cast are stranded in the desert and have to stop pulling in different directions to work for a common cause: escape. Very talky and featuring some dubious analogies, but the great dialogue and performances make for a gripping tale.
March 3, 2007
xGary Xx

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    1. Frank Towns: Your theory's fine, but you get this mister... that engine's rated at two thousand horsepower and if I was ever fool enough to let it get started up it'd shake your patched-up pile of junk into a thousand pieces, and cut us up into mincemeat with the propeller.
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