flight of the phoenix 1965 DI 3
1965 Running time: 142 Certificate: pg Rating: 4
Flight of the Phoenix, The 1965 1S

Synopsis

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.

Director

  • Robert Aldrich

Cast

  • James Stewart

  • Richard Attenborough

  • Hardy Kruger

  • Peter Finch

  • Ernest Borgnine

Review

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.

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