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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, more...
Director: John Moore, John Moore
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Disaster Action, Adventure
Running Time: 113 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Based on a novel by Elleston Trevor, director John Moore's The Flight of the Phoenix is a remake of a 1965 film of the same name starring film icon James Stewart. The story revolves around the plight of Captain Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid), a pilot whose C-119 cargo plane full of oil workers could not withstand the violent winds of a desert sandstorm. Stranded in the harsh terrain of Mongolia's Gobi Desert (a departure from the original, in which the plane crashed in the Sahara), Frank and his navigator face an equal challenge in maintaining order among the survivors. The group of oilmen had planned on an uneventful trip to shut off a group of rigs falling below their productivity expectations -- not fending for their very lives. Before long, some men are revealed as cowards, while others exhibit a surprising show of strength, all the while hoping that the wreckage of the original plane can be salvaged before a Lord of the Flies situation occurs. Miranda Otto is featured in a supporting role, as well as Giovanni Ribisi, Tony Curran, and Tyrese Gibson. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The Crash is Better than the Flight by talltale March 22, 2005 - 5:51 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
They didn't call it "Crash of the Phoenix," which pretty much gives away the entire movie. But since that was the title of the original (and, no surprise) better version, I guess we shouldn't complain. This remake of FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX offers a humdinger of a plane crash early on, a nice mix of "fun" characters and about as much believability as any big-budget Hollywould-be blockbuster can conjure these days. Which is to say: not much. The cast comes through nicely, although the screen writers rely way too often on witless cliche. Over all, you've seen better, but you've also seen worse. If you're in the mood for a little adventure, give it a try but clamp down on those expectations.

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