THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (PG)
D: Robert Aldrich
20th Century Fox (Robert Aldrich)
USA 🇺🇸 1965
W: Lukas Heller [based on the novel by Elleston
DP: Joseph Biroc
Ed: Michael Luciano
Mus: Frank DeVol
James Stewart (Frank Towns), Richard Attenborough (Lew
Moran), Peter Finch (Capt. Harris), Hardy Kruger (Heinrich Dorfmann), Ernest Borgnine (Trucker Cobb), Ian Bannen (Crow), Ronald Fraser (Sgt. Watson), Christian Marquand (Dr.
Renaud), Dan Duryea (Standish), George Kennedy (Bellamy)
Rousing, slickly directed, adventure story which sees an
all-star cast aboard a cargo plane which crashes in the desert.
In a race against time and the elements, the survivors
rebuild another plane from the wreckage.
Surprisingly, Ian Bannen's performance was nominated for a
Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Although his performance is good, one would feel Hardy Kruger must have felt incredibly disappointed to be overlooked as the German architect of the rebuilt
A remake was made in 2004, but was nowhere near as intense
as this original film (and featured an incredibly irritating performance in the Hardy Kruger role).