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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When the crew is discussing how to deal with the Arabs, Dorfmann is clean-shaven one moment and he has a beard the next. See more »
The sandstorm'll make it more difficult, won't it?
[in a mocking, ironic tone]
What? Find us? Nah, it'll simplify things no end, old chap! They'll just bloody give up! Oh, you're not frightened, are ya? You don't want to be despondent, old man, you know! Wait till the water runs out. Then you'll really start laughing!
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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 »
Epic example of conflict resolution and mastering challenges - and a great movie!
This masterpiece is now 40 years old and has lost nothing of it's
excitement due to it's fantastic, outstanding actors (Attenborough and
Kruger have never done better from my point of view), director, scenery
and the simplicity of the story itself. A plane lost in a desert, no
help and a challenge to master by people, who never chose to master
their destiny together in a hostile environment.
The way the conflict is layed out can serve as an example for
organizational conflicts, cultural conflicts, simply: whenever humans
have to solve a problem that jeopardizes their future under resource
constraints. Or even mankind on earth in the hostile universe, who need
to solve their very own conflicts? All actors are able to deliver fully
convincing natural emotions in this kind of situation to make the
audience understand why humans usually fail to solve these conflicts.
How many actors can you name today that are superstars and can do it
like them? It's becomes evident how difficult the first step to
compromise or to accept leadership of another person is, especially for
western individuals. Accept leadership and downgrade oneself in the
hierarchy, despite the fact that there is usually one solution which
suits the groups interest as a whole better? How many leaders or e.g.
managers are able to do this? In the end, the collaborative approach is
successful, staged behind a general struggle for power, influenced by
the cold war environment, containing an explosive mix of historical
facts and clichés on British imperialism/militarism, American heroism,
German nazihodd/engineering rational and various other aspects. You
could easily work out how difficult the situation would be, if nowadays
a e.g. member of priest of a Christian church would crash land together
with a Muslim mullah. How would they be able to work together to master
the hostility of the desert? Would they be able to accept a compromise?
You can spend months to identify all the clichés that are used to
increase the tension between the characters they have to understand to
manage their faith, unfortunately you need a lot of historical
background knowledge on 19th century till cold war to understand all
the details, but that is only another good reason to start studying
The movie also shows that every specific cultural background has it's
advantages closely tied to its disadvantages, e.g. the heroism
advantage of attack eaten up by a lack of rationality (for example due
to alcoholism/boredom). Actually, this movie should be screened as an
example for success for conflicts of international companies, global
organizations or just humans between the frontiers of different
And if this is too educational for you: It is even great entertainment,
if you are just watch it from a pure emotional point of view. Myself
being a German I would wish that we still can show of some of the
engineering mastership that Dorfner shows of - however I'm happy that
no technocrats are now ruling my country.
In the end: What a masterpiece!
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