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).
FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (12)
D: John Moore
20th Century Fox (John Davis, William Aldrich, Wyck
Godfrey & T. Alex Blum)
USA 🇺🇸 2004
W: Scott Frank & Edward Burns [based on the novel by
DP: Brendan Galvin
Ed: Don Zimmerman
Mus: Marco Beltrami
Dennis Quaid (Frank Towns), Tyrese Gibson (A.J.), Giovanni
Ribisi (Elliot), Miranda Otto (Kelly Johnson), Tony Curran (Alex Rodney), Hugh Laurie (Ian), Scott Michael Campbell (James Liddle)
Remake of the 1965 James Stewart adventure which sees the
survivors of a plane crash in the Sahara desert band together to make another plane from the wreckage.
Not a terrible remake, but doesn't match the original in
either style, pace or any other merit.
The only notable differences are the vastness of the
Sahara being substituted for the Mongolian Desert and Giovanni Ribisi's totally irritating performance as the character played so excellently by Hardy Kruger in the original.