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Flight of the Phoenix

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

John Moore

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 116
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 81
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: By film's end the adventure appears less a matter of base survival than a beach barbecue gone slightly sour. – Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, Dec 28, 2004

Rotten: A sporadically diverting thriller that has the personality of a Diet Coke ad. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: It seems less a remake than an alternate version. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The wonderful character actors in the original ... are succeeded by a fairly anonymous bunch. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Not a quality remake...

Please give us the original version. This is a cheap knock-off.

Get the original movie. This is a very poor remake.

Don't bother with this. Get the original movie starring Jimmy Stewart.

Pretty Good...

Hugh Laurie is in this! iTunes, I can't believe you didn't add his name to the Cast List! But considering it's a blimish on his resume, I can see why he'd hide it. It's still a pretty good film. The film's comedy is sparser than water, but the tension and suspense is where it wins. The acting is good, but nothing special. The SFX are moderate but few. The writing is questionable, it's okay. The directing isn't visible, so I can't comment on His performance. The overall story is one that could last less than an hour to tell, but they stretch it out to the length presented. The film lays some factoids down on our bums, such as a "dancing compass" which is pretty cool. And that without a compass, a person will walk in circles forever. The ending is kind of predictable, and the little moments during the credits are nifty, but a little immature, especially the one with NASA. Overall, this is a film worth the rent. It's no where near great, but as a mildly fun spring flick: watch it.

Flight of the Phoenix
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2005

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