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Lukas Heller (screenplay)
Trevor Dudley Smith (novel)
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Release Date:
15 December 1965 (USA) See more »
Its excitement is headed straight for you! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Outstanding movie with an extraordinary cast and nail-biting direction by Robert Aldrich See more (116 total) »


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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
Writing credits
Lukas Heller (screenplay)

Trevor Dudley Smith (novel) (as Elleston Trevor)

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as DeVol)
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
Set Decoration by
Lucien Hafley 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (as Ed Butterworth)
Terry Miles .... makeup artist
Ben Nye .... makeup supervisor
Jack Stone .... makeup artist
William Turner .... makeup artist
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist
Dee Manges .... body makeup (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Callow .... assistant director
Clifford C. Coleman .... assistant director (as Cliff Coleman)
Oscar Rudolph .... second unit director
William F. Sheehan .... assistant director
Art Department
John La Salandra .... construction coordinator (as John LaSalandra)
John Orlando .... property master
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Howard Lydecker .... special photographic effects
Bridgid O'Donnell .... restoration supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunt double: James Stewart (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunt double: Richard Attenborough (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Red Crawford .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrations (as Al Woodbury)
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Frank De Vol .... conductor (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Jerrold Immel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Jack Pleis .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Adell Aldrich .... script apprentice (as Adell Aldrich Bravos)
Michael Audley .... dialogue supervisor
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
Paul Mantz .... aerial sequences
Don Niehaus .... main title
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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142 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #21017) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Brief footage of the crash that killed Paul Mantz is shown near the end of the documentary "Cinerama Adventure".See more »
Continuity: A part of the exact same footage of Trucker (Ernest Borgnine) is shown twice: After the crash, as he is standing on top of a sand dune, removing his hat and scratching his head.See more »
Lew Moran:You told Towns he was behaving as if stupidity was a virtue. If he's making it into a virtue, YOU'RE MAKING IT INTO A BLOODY SCIENCE!See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Flight of the Phoenix (2004)See more »
The Phoenix Love Theme See more »


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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding movie with an extraordinary cast and nail-biting direction by Robert Aldrich, 21 October 2005
Author: ma-cortes

The movie talks about a motley group in a small airplane piloted by a stubborn and obstinate man (James Stewart) and a navigator (Richard Attenborough) . The aircraft crashes on Sahara desert rounded by sand seas and passengers crew (Peter Finch , George Kennedy , Ronald Fraser , Christian Marquand..) have to survive against extraordinary odds and risks and they try to rebuild their plane in order to avoid sufferings caused for hostile elements . This has a well sense desert atmosphere filling one with revulsion for the conditions in which unfortunates are forced to exist stranded on an Arabian uninhabited spot : starvation , famine , heat , thirst , enemies and confrontation among themselves .

This exciting movie is an intelligent variant upon the Hollywood scripts in which aircrafts crash in remote locations such as : ¨Airport¨ series or ¨Alive : Miracle of the Andes¨ . It's a thoughtful and broody film with excellent interpretations and an utterly male star-studded casting . James Stewart as a veteran and embittered pilot is the intrepid hero who's considered guilty of the accident for his error , he's magnificent likeness to Richard Attenborough , a previous RAF pilot and now a boozy alcoholic navigator in a damaged plane . Hardy Kruger as the cocky German engineer is splendid . John Finch as a rigid and stiff officer is very fine and similarly to his coward subordinate Ronald Fraser . Ernest Borgnine as a nutty with enormous eager to escape is sensational . George Kennedy , Gabriele Tinti , Christian Marquand , Dan Duryea are well but make roles quite secondaries . Special mention to Ian Bannen , as the group's mechanic , he only achieved the Academy Award nomination but he didn't obtain it . Frank de Vol musical score (Robert Aldrich's usual musician) is spectacular and lively . Joseph Biroc cinematography is glimmer and colorful . The motion picture is stunningly directed by Robert Aldrich . The second and recent version with Dennis Quaid , Giovanni Ribisi and Miranda Otto is worst deemed . Rating : Awesome and astounding .

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