Flight of the Phoenix

Flight of the Phoenix

DVD - 2005
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Survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert work together to build a new plane.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Beverly Hills : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2005.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Fligh
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French with Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Jul 24, 2019

Just saw the original 1965 version starring James Stewart which apparently SPL does not have at this time. I saw this version about 15 years ago. Both are very good; RIGHT STUFF star Dennis Quaid does a fairly good job but it's always hard to follow a Hollywood Giant. I'm glad they made this remake since there were no women or blacks in the original.
The main difference is that the original cast was multinational whereas strangely; in this remake version everyone is American.
While SPL doesn't have the original movie or the book by Elleston Trevor it does have the audiobook version of the book.
I will shortly be suggesting the 1965 movie and the book for purchase by SPL.

Jan 12, 2019

Have not watched the 1965 original that stars Jimmy Stewart as the pilot Frank Towns and story location is the Sahara desert (per wiki, actual locations are at Buttercup Valley, Arizona and Pilot Knob Mesa, California.) This update has Dennis Quaid as Frank in the Mongolian dessert (actual location is the Namib Desert, Namibia). Both Franks are pilot of a twin-engine Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo plane. Implausible survival adventure but an imaginative entertaining watch.

Dec 28, 2018

Oh my Lord, that was terrible. I mean REALLY terrible, in every way. Almost every Follywood nonsensical film cliché was in it, no matter how much it didn't make sense to the story (the bossy female character that's really the brains..., the 'gun cocking' thing, people dying w/their eyes open <always>, bad guys chasing the plane as it's trying to take off, etc., etc.), but that was just the beginning. The dialog (i.e. the script) was so bad, it defies description. And there was nothing realistic about the interactions between characters, from beginning to end.
Even IF the movie had not been bad (let alone as horrid as it was), here's a hint Follywood:
Do NOT remake good movies, especially great ones! But to do it with all the PC crap, & anger and evil of today, while altering characters to fit some current dystopia, is just criminal. Especially when it's just a platform for bizarre pontificating, and to spread misinformation, just to manipulate the audience. Which leads into the the next issue: that virtue signalling, and constant untruths, were the main objectives of this film, not the original story (which they changed drastically for that reason). However, they did have to leave some characters in to maintain the original "outline". Next, it was basically a cartoon, with all the absurd unrealistic special effects. Nothing real about it. And as a pilot, I also found it appalling. (Can't say that about the original film, which was fantastic.) The ending was terrible too. Just another indication of the Producers/Director's disconnect from the original film.
Watch the original "Flight of the Phoenix" (1965), with Jimmy Stewart. A truly GREAT movie!

aaa5756 Jun 14, 2013

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting.

Mocha6ft3 Jan 26, 2013

Good Afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. It's been a very long time since i last wrote anything on this site. So here goes.......GET READY TO SCARE THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF YOUR NEIGHBORS WITH SOUNDS PRODUCED BY THIS MOVIE ON YOUR HOMETHEATER!!!!!!!!! This film is one of my favorites for sound. The moment the plane takes off and runs into the storm, it's absolutely amazing what you'll hear. All my speakers were alive with the sounds of the raging storm the pilots and passengers fly into. Listening to the plane being torn apart by the twisters is simply incredible!!!! I was glued to my futon, along with my friend, who was screaming as the passengers were being tossed around inside the doomed plane. It made me laugh watching my friend look at my 4 surround speakers as the sound of wind and the passengers screaming filled them completely!!! This movie is "Sound Freak" approved!!!! There are so many scenes during the storm that sound amazing i'll just reccomend the entire scene. Two thumbs and toes for this movie!!! My two subwoofers had my floors and walls vibrating from the deep sound effects. My surround speakers were filled with the sound of some serious winds, while my friend was grabbing my arm, hard, and cursing at the same time while holding onto my futon. Ha,ha,ha,ha. This movie was certainly worth it. It's not often i get to hear my friend curse sooo much from the destruction and sounds this movie produced. However, the best part was having two of my neighbors knock on my door and ask if they could watch. I'm giving this movie 5 stars!!!! For sound effects, very good visual effects, and the music wasn't too shabby either.A large order of shrimp fried rice, two slices of deep fried fish, tarder sauce or mayo, popcorn, and a large coke!!!

May 02, 2012

I'll say this remake is actually more exciting. You watch the trailer for the original, it claims an action-packed tale - which neither are. The performances of Dennis Quaid, Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) and especially Giovanni Ribisi put up a strong fight to the work of Stewart and Attenborough. Maybe it's the lack of attachment to seeing it first; I often think remakes fall short, but this one feels more active. We're doing a film podcast soon about this comparison along with the Lion in Winter and Quiet American. Check those out, too!

Oct 21, 2011

How to rebuild an aircraft from a heap of scrap.

Oct 09, 2011

You already know what the story is about, and you already know how it will end. But you watch anyway and you are entertained, and you find yourself just rooting for the plane and the crew. Story of determination, survival, yahdahdidah. But well worth watching.


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Jan 12, 2019

Some quotes in IMDb (thanks) including this:

Frank Towns: Why give people false hope?

Liddle: Come on man. Most people spend their whole lives hanging on to hopes and dreams that are never going to come true but they hold on to them. Why are you going to give up on them now when you need them most?

Frank Towns: You are assuming I'm one of those people who has hopes and dreams.

Liddle: I find it hard to believe that a man who learns to fly never had a dream.

Frank Towns: Look, how can I let those people build that plane when I don't believe it will work? And, every day they waste trying to build it brings them one day closer to dying.

Liddle: I think a man only needs one thing in life. He just needs someone to love. If you can't give him that, then give him something to hope for. And if you can't give him that, just give him something to do

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