Flight of the Phoenix

Flight of the Phoenix

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Director: John Moore, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Giovanni Ribisi

Cast: John Moore, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Giovanni Ribisi

     
 

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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

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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 and Tyrese Gibson. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Flight of the Phoenix is a useful enough and enjoyable enough update of the original Robert Aldrich film starring James Stewart. The term "update" is more appropriate than "remake," as the setting has shifted from the Sahara to the Gobi; the producers must have recognized that American crash victims attacked by lawless Arab nomads (terror cells?) might be a tad more politically sensitive in 2004 than it was in 1965. Whether any kind of lawless nomads are a necessary part of the story is another matter, since the stakes needn't be raised any further than the characters facing mutiny and starvation, amid violent sandstorms that can rip flesh. Still, director John Moore follows the original structure pretty closely, and the screenwriting team (which features Edward Burns) gives the dialogue good punch. It's also a visually ambitious film -- not only on the obvious level of the gripping crash sequence, but in its visual representation of hypothetical scenarios from the dialogue, which makes it a little reminiscent of Three Kings. In one such instance, a character rattles off the hopeless succession of hazards that would await anyone who tried navigating to safety, a hundred miles distant, with nary a landmark to keep one oriented. Dennis Quaid is suitably macho and Giovanni Ribisi sufficiently eccentric as the central characters grappling for command. The addition of a woman/love interest (Miranda Otto), a departure from the original, works well enough, but the script never questions that the stranded crew would be anything other than complete gentlemen toward her.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
UPC:
0024543174646
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Full length audio commentary by director John Moore, producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey and production designer Patrick Lumb; Deleted/extended scenes ; The Phoenix Diaries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Capt. Frank Towns
Tyrese Gibson AJ
Giovanni Ribisi Elliott
Miranda Otto Kelly
Tony Curran Rodney
Jacob Vargas Sammi
Jared Padalecki Davis
Scott Michael Campbell Liddle
Hugh Laurie Ian
Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones Jeremy
Kevork Malikyan Rady
Paul Ditchfield Dr. Gerber
Martin "Mako" Hindy Newman
Bobby Brown Kyle
Anthony Wong Lead Smuggler
Yi-Ding Wang Smuggler #2
Kee-Yick Cheng Smuggler #3
Vernon Lehmann Smuggler #4
Derek Barton (Voice)
Jim Lau (Voice)

Technical Credits
John Moore Director,Producer
William Aldrich Producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
T. Alex Blum Producer
Edward Burns Screenwriter
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Brendan Galvin Cinematographer
Wyck Godfrey Producer
Ron Hutchinson Original Story
Ric Kidney Executive Producer
George Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Lumb Production Designer
Don Zimmerman Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Main Titles [2:37]
3. "Shut-It-Down" Towns [2:43]
4. A Bunch of Zeroes [2:16]
5. The Two Bills [:11]
6. Sandstorm [2:30]
7. Mayday [1:40]
8. Survivors [1:58]
9. Last Rites [3:06]
10. Screwed [2:29]
11. Lost in the Night [:54]
12. Bad Odds [2:49]
13. Elliott's Idea [3:30]
14. Looking for Liddle [:04]
15. Something to Do [4:38]
16. No Compromises [2:58]
17. The Night Shift [3:39]
18. Fuel Shortage [2:40]
19. The Day Shift [1:37]
20. Wing Man [3:02]
21. Break Time [3:41]
22. The Electrical Storm [1:31]
23. The Pheonix [1:48]
24. Indispensable [1:35]
25. Nomads? [2:10]
26. Liddle's Watch [2:12]
27. Last Words [:44]
28. Wrong Decisions [1:29]
29. The Boss of Everyone [3:02]
30. It's Ready [1:32]
31. Toy Planes [:08]
32. Let's Go Home [1:48]
33. Something Really Amazing [3:10]
34. Five Chances [3:01]
35. Rough Takeoff [:54]
36. Flight of the Phoenix [1:47]
37. End Titles [2:58]

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Flight of the Phoenix 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had lots of potential, but failed to deliver. There isn't too much excitment, but the action parts are very well done, though they're few and far inbetween. When the Mongolian Nomads chase after the stranded oilmen, you're left wishing for more. The actors are alright, Hugh Laurie nails his part. But the best actor in the movie is Giovanni Ribisi (sp?). Giovanni hits the nail on the head with as he portrays the character Elliott. Elliott is a quiet, quirky, smart individual with a soft voice, and a secret to hide behind his plane making skill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected this movie to be lame but was pleasantly surprised and well-entertained for 2 hours. One of Dennis Quaid's best in recent years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat spell bound through this one. I bought the movie because I am a Dennis Quaid fan. I was not disappointed. The cast was great and the action was the sort that keeps you glued to your seat!
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