After a plane crashes into the Sahara one of the survivors claims he's an airplane designer and can make a flyable plane from the wreckage. James Stewart plays the stoical captain alongside an A-list supporting cast that includes Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch and Ernest Borgnine. A sweat-and-blood tale of survival that led to a 2004 remake starring Dennis Quaid. Trivia: Veteran stunt flyer Paul Mantz was killed during the shooting of the climactic sequence.
Veteran stunt flyer Paul Mantz was killed during the shooting of the climactic sequence of this ingenious variation on the Hollywood plot about the plane that crashes in the middle of nowhere.
In a high-class acting battle, Richard Attenborough's navigator descended from RAF officer to near-alcoholic, wins the narrowest of points verdicts over James Stewart's stubborn, veteran pilot.
An outrageous piece of casting against character comes off in Dan Duryea's mincing, bespectacled Standish; and Ian Bannen, too, finds plenty to get his teeth into as a Scots engineer with a rasping wit.
A good, entertaining film that packs a grip and offers a nail-biting last reel.