The Flight of the Phoenix

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When an aircraft crash-lands in the Sahara, one of the survivors, a German designer, draws up a plan to build a glider from the wreckage, but the expected conflicts beneath the oppressive heat, make their chances of success seem slim at best in this dramatic adventure.

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Critic Reviews for The Flight of the Phoenix

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Audience Reviews for The Flight of the Phoenix

  • Apr 10, 2013
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2009
    one of the rare times a re-make is better than its predecessor
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2008
    Buddy movies are repulsive.Skinless the least.And how has Aldrich restored my faith on those action boiled themes?It was easy after 30 minutes of his reviving Phoenix.The malevolent desert,the terrific cast,the insignificance of life lest that darned plane sets off.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2007
    A trifle long but loaded with good performances and an interesting story. Greatly superior to terrible recent remake.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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