A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.
A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible... building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one. Written by
Miranda Otto's character, an engineer, is named "Kelly Johnson". Kelly Johnson is the name of a legendary aircraft engineer for Lockheed who designed the P-388 Lightning fighter of WWII. Later he ran the Lockheed "Skunk Works" which secretly produced the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. In view of the fact that aircraft design is a key element of the plot, it is unlikely that the name is a coincidence. See more »
If the outside surface wind were indeed between seventy and one-hundred miles per hour as stated, the C-119 would almost be at a standstill at touchdown. Even with a relatively greater than normal airspeed speed, the wind the aircraft is facing into would reduce the planes groundspeed by that amount. In spite of this massive wind, the aircraft touches down at a high rate of speed and slides along for a considerable distance. See more »
I thought you weren't religious, Rady?
Spirituality is not religion. Religion divides people. Belief in something unites them.
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Dennis Quaid sure is in a lot of movies these days. It almost seems any movie that needs a solid actor but not at the Brad Pitt/Russell Crowe fee goes for Dennis.
Flight Of The Phoenix is about a pilot (Quaid) sent in to pick up a team of workers (no name actors- they blew the budget on Dennis. OK maybe Giovani Ribisi) at a failed oil rig. On the flight home the plane is caught in a violent storm and crashes in the middle of the desert. The group agonises over what to do- to stay put and hope for help, to walk 100's of miles in the hope of finding help or something else. Eventually one of the group (Ribisi) suggests trying to make a new plane out of the old crashed plane. The team decides this is their only help. There's lots of obstacles that come in their way, making it even tougher for the gang. Will they make it? You'll have to see it to find out (or take a wild guess) It's not brilliant but held my attention. Sure, it got annoying at times but was better than expected when wifey pulled it off the video store shelf.
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