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The Last Flight of Noah's Ark -- A pilot, a prim missionary, two orphans, and a cargo of farm animals must make an emergency landing on an uncharted island and begin a perilous search for civilization.


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25 June 1980 (USA) See more »
Lost. 2,000 miles at sea in a 40 year old bomber. See more »
When a plane carrying various animals makes a forced landing on a desert island, the only chance to escape is to convert the plane into a boat. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Jarrott obituary
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Charles Jarrott obituary
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Good Disney film about some castaways and their efforts to save themselves from a forced landing See more (8 total) »


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Directed by
Charles Jarrott 
Writing credits
Ernest K. Gann (story)

Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay) and
Sandy Glass (screenplay) &
George Arthur Bloom (screenplay)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... producer
Jan Williams .... co-producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Charles F. Wheeler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gordon D. Brenner 
Production Design by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Makeup Department
Eddie M. Barron .... hair stylist
Robin LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Robin Dee LaVigne)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Bill Venegas .... unit production manager (as William B. Venegas)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Disney Miller .... second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
James W. Gavin .... second unit director
Richard Learman .... assistant director
Louis S. Muscate .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Zink .... propmaker (uncredited)
Gary Zink .... welder/fabricator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (as Ben F. Hendricks)
Bud Maffett .... sound mixer (as Henry A. Maffett)
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
John F. Bylander .... stunts
Calvin Fukushima .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Clay Hodges .... stunts
Joe C. Hughes .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
Arthur E. Stagg .... stunts
Gordon Tadao Hirano .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Delgado .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Dye .... costumer: women
Jack Sandeen .... costume supervisor
Glenn Wright .... costumer: men (as Glenn T. Wright)
Music Department
Richard Bowden .... orchestrator
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Richard Bowden .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gilbert C. Pacheco .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jay K. Fishburn .... animal handler (as Jay Fishburn)
Jim Prine .... animal handler
Don Spinney .... animal handler
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Stereo (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
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This 1980 cinema movie alongside the same year's Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) were the final theatrical feature films as a full producer for Ron Miller, the son-in-law of Walt Disney, who afterwards became solely an executive producer.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good Disney film about some castaways and their efforts to save themselves from a forced landing, 29 January 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

When high-living pilot Noah Dugan (Elliott Gould) agrees to fly prim missionary Bernadette Lafleur (Genevieve Bujold) and her cargo of animals formed by an array of minor-menagerie (such as goats , bulls , assorted poultry , pigs , sheep and a four-legged potential scene-stealer : a cow , among others) to a far island , it is only because he is on the run from a pair of hoodlums (two bookies played by notorious secondaries : John P. Ryan and Dana Elcar) . What neither of them know is that two of Miss Lafleur's little pupils (Rick Schroder , Tammy Lauren) have stowed away hidden into plane rear . As a Boeing B 29 carrying various animals makes a forced landing on a desert island, and the only chance to escape is to convert the broken-down plane into a boat . There they discover which it is not as abandoned as they thought. Then they meet two Japanese soldiers isolated from second world war .

This amusing Disney movie packs fun situations , easygoing characters , emotions , humor and features impressive flying sequences with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress . However , it failed at box office and was panned by some reviewers , but is today well considered . Enjoyable cast , whose roster of interpretations includes a sympathetic acting by Elliott Gould as a pilot who must scheme their way off a deserted island following the crash landing and attractive Genevieve Bujold who holds her own admirably . And two likable little boys playing as orphans, Rick Schroder and Tammy Lauren , both of whom would have an important career , especially in TV . Furthermore , two Japanese actor as Yuki Shimoda as Hiro and John Fujioka as Cleveland , the latter would play one year later : "Keep Your Hands Off the Island" a similar role along with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer . Nice production design by Preston Ames , five B-29 Superfortresses were acquired in the spectacular flying images . One was used for interior shots at the Disney studio. Another was used for night sequences afloat in MGM's outdoor tank. The third was used for the crash site on the island and the fourth was made into the floating Noah's Ark. Colorful and bright cinematography by Charles Wheeler . Agreeable musical score by the prestigious Maurice Jarre , including some catching songs .

The motion picture was well directed by Charles Jarrott , recently deceased . Jarrot's filmmaking largely keeps sentimentality throughout . Charles was a brilliant craftsman who directed all kind of genres , and he stood out in his historical movies as ¨Mary , Queen of Scots¨ and ¨Anne of the Thousand days¨. He directed adventure as ¨The Dove¨, dramas as ¨The other side of midnight¨ , Biography as ¨Boy in blue¨ , thriller as ¨The amateur¨ , TV movies as ¨Night of the fox¨ , ¨Daniel Steel's changes¨ , ¨Barbara Hutton story¨ and Disney movies as ¨The littlest horse thieves¨, Condorman¨ and this ¨The last flight of Noah ark¨. Rating : 6.5/10 . Worthwhile seeing .

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