Flight of the Phoenix

Directed By: John Moore Starring: Dennis Quaid

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Product Overview

A group of crash survivors - cast-offs from society who will never be missed - are stranded in the mongolian desert with no hope of rescue. As they attempt to build a new plane from the wreckage of the old one, in hopes of flying back to civilization, they experience a rebirth of their own.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40707701
UPC 024543174530
UPC 14 00024543174530
Format DVD
Release Date 9/27/2005
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Originally a 1965 Jimmy Stewart vehicle, this FLIGHT gets a rough and ready updating for the new century, with the stalwart Dennis Quaid now inhabiting the title role. He's a pilot on a routine trip out to investigate some remote oil rigs in the Gobi Desert, but things go wrong and he makes a crash landing in the middle of nowhere. For him, and the men along for the ride, a slow, tortured, thirsty death seems certain, unless the plucky mechanic in the crew (Giovanni Ribisi) can design a whole new plane from the wreckage. As with the original, this is a manly adventure of rugged survival and mechanical ingenuity, only this time there's a woman on board, Kelly (Miranda Otto) who generates some romantic sparks. Some of the other survivors are played by: Tyrese Gibson, Sticky Fingaz, Bob Brown and Kirk Jones. The men and one woman have to tangle with murderous desert raiders and numerous sandstorms in addition to the frequent squabbling amongst themselves. Director John Moore gets a lot of mileage out of the desert backdrop and Ribisi is solid as the mechanic with a troubled past. It was produced by William Aldrich, whose dad Robert directed the Stewart original. Edward Burns (THE BROTHERS McMULLEN) co-wrote the new screenplay.
Los Angeles Times "The writers and Moore are especially good at the tense interplay between their characters....Desert locations in Namibia are spectacular in their grandeur, nicely completing the first-class package..." 12/17/2004 p.E16
Entertainment Weekly "FLIGHT is foremost an action picture. Refreshingly, it's actually about action..." 12/24/2004 p.51-2
Uncut "[S]creenwriters Edward Burns and Scott Frank have stayed true to the simple but compelling story..." 03/01/2005 p.133
John Moore
Dennis Quaid
Cast & Crew
Brendan Galvin - Cinematographer
Dennis Quaid - Actor
Don Zimmerman - Editor
Edward Burns - Screenplay
Giovanni Ribisio - Actor
John Moore - Director
Marco Beltrami - Musical Score
Miranda Otto - Actor
Patrick Lumb - Production Designer
Ric Kidney - Executive Producer
Tony Curran - Actor
Tyrese - Actor
William Aldrich - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2227453
UPC 00024543174530
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The 1965 version of Flight of the Phoenix is not a great movie, but it has a lot more going f
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Village Voice
Review This Phoenix screams hack job, although producer William Aldrich (son of Robert) claims to have spen
Reviewer Mark Holcomb
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Quaid,Dennis
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun The action is thrilling...
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times An excellent job of retaining key elements of the original plot but have created a whole new set of characters that gives the film an entirely contemporary feel.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post ...high-carb filmmaking at its finest.
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