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Roscoe Lee Browne
A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will build to escape before their food and water run out. Written by
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Visible wires holding the original airplane model during the dust storm crash sequence. See more »
Sometimes I wonder how you chaps never won the war.
[making sputtering sounds like an airplane and gesturung to suggest a plane flying in a mocking fashion]
[trying not to respond in kind]
I wasn't involved.
[makes a sound like a machine gun, falls down on the sand, and rolls over]
That's it then! That's why they never won!
[in a mocking tone]
They didn't have old Heinrich!
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Closing credits epilogue: IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED...
THAT PAUL MANTZ, A FINE MAN AND A BRILLIANT FLYER GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM... See more »
Where as many films with star casts have failed, this one does not.
This film oozes quality by the bucket load. It centres round the story of the survivors of a plane crash who attempt to build a plane out of the wreckage. The tension is apparent from the start with the heat of the desert alone almost driving the characters to madness.
The combination of brilliant script and excellent acting brings to the fore a brilliant film. Ian Bannen, in particular, gives gives both grit and relish in his possibily his greatest screen performance.
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