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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

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After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.

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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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One of the most startling twists of fate you have ever experienced in a motion picture! See more »

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15 December 1965 (USA)  »

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A Fönix repülése  »

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Robert Aldrich wanted Barrie Chase to do her exotic dance topless, but she refused. See more »

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The plane that the characters leave on.[see also trivia entry] See more »

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Lew Moran: [of an alternate destination] Three stinkin' mud huts and a poisoned well. That's not a place, it's a disease.
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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 »


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Senza Fine
Sung by Connie Francis
Music and Italian lyrics by Gino Paoli
English lyrics by Alec Wilder
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Tension and drama are the making of a classic.
1 February 2001 | by (Houston, Renfrewshire) – See all my reviews

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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