Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
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One of the most startling twists of fate you have ever experienced in a motion picture!
|A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will build to escape before their food and water run out.|
Editor's NoteIn Robert Aldrich's THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, based on Elleston Trevor's novel, a small plane carrying oil workers and military personnel crashes, stranding a group of survivors in the Sahara Desert. As the lethal heat and grating sand begin to take a toll on the group, the conscientious pilot, Frank Towns (James Stewart), struggles with his inability to lead the party to safety. Hope arises, however, when German aircraft designer Heinrich Dorfman (Hardy Kruger) begins to theorize about rebuilding the wreckage into a single-engine plane capable of lifting the crash victims to safety.Aldrich (KISS ME DEADLY) opens his film with the pulsating tension (intercut with the opening credits) of Towns trying and cataclysmically failing to pilot his aircraft through a sandstorm, and from there the white-knuckle intensity never lets up. Boasting an intriguing cast--headed up by Stewart with a poignantly ragged-edged, heartfelt portrayal--and a taut story line, THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX is a powerful and psychologically penetrating thriller.
Cast & Crew
|Adam Hall - Based On Novel By|
|Joseph Biroc - Cinematographer|
|Robert Aldrich - Director|
|Michael Luciano - Editor|
|Lukas Heller - Screenplay|
|Ian Bannen, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Michael Luciano, Nominee, Best Film Editing|