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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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If they stand together, they stand a chance 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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$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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Did You Know?


Like James Stewart, who played Frank Towns in the 1965 version of "Flight of the Phoenix", Dennis Quaid is an experienced pilot. See more »


The Captain is hailed as an extraordinary pilot who manages to save an aircraft that "not many pilots could save". However, at the time of the initial engine failure, he takes absolutely no action to shut down the engine or to feather the propeller. 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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Referenced in The Sentinel (2006) See more »


Written by Robert del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles and Horace Hinds
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Entertaining adventure trip
11 December 2005 | by (Riehen, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

My expectations were fulfilled and even more than I thought. There were many plots and some funny dialogs where I laughed very much. There is the crashed airplane midst in the desert with the passengers facing many obstacles to solve. This DVD invites you to spend a great and unforgettable moment with your home cinema and I will add it to my best of collection. The picture is superb and the story is perhaps very simply but the more interesting is how the passengers plan their survival. Then I liked very much Giovanni Ribisi that convinced me definitely. I don't remember every detail from the original one of 1965 but I think it seems to be more realistic than the new one. Why: in 1965 the special effects weren't so professional as in the last one. Please don't use too much CGI today and put therefore more original scenes in the story. Anyway, director John Moore succeeded again to create a good mix of action, adventure and special effects. My rating: 7/10. If you are interested in another survival movie don't miss the true story ALIVE.

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