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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  17 December 2004 (USA)
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Survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert work together to build a new plane.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy (as Kirk Jones)
Paul Ditchfield ...
Martin Hindy ...
Newman (as Martin 'Mako' Hindy)
Lead Smuggler (as Anthony Wong)


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 austin4577@aol.com

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Out of the ashes, hope will rise. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, action and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo del Fénix  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,019,430 (USA) (17 December 2004)


$830,815 (Australia) (5 August 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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The production transported three C-119 fuselages to Namibia where the film was shot. During transportation, a ferry carrying the fuselage and its trailer across a river sank and the parts had to be salvaged. See more »


Though the C-119 used in this film is a direct descendant of the C-82 used in the original, the engines of the C-119 were started by power from an APU, not using the Coffman cartridge start system of the original. See more »


[after having shot a wounded nomad who the group is debating whether to help]
Elliott: Well, that settles that.
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The Flight of the Repeat
12 October 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Comparing this new version to the original would be comparing a farm horse to a thoroughbred from the Kentucky Derby. This version has new actors filling the shoes of established characters, and yet none have the quality to hold the story on course, causing it to crash like their airplane. The original had James Stewart and Richard Attenborough, both with performances worthy of academy awards and established the foundations of a true classic. In addition, the rest of the cast stood of themselves and even Ronald Fraser gave a most stirring performance as Sgt. Watson. Superior veteran actors like Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea and George Kennedy, all gave the original solid star power and allowed the Phonix to rise from the screen into the memory of it's viewers. This new version has Dennis Quaid as Frank Townes, sympathetic enough, but far less convincing of his character. All in all, the new version falls, like most remakes, well short of the original. Sorry, but this film should have been left in the desert with the remains of the fallen airplane. **

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