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 look at the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade's painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.
Marcia Gay Harden
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
If a C119 really had done a complete roll, as shown in the crash sequence, it would have been a much shorter film. On such an overwing design the wings would have torn off. In common with many types of aircraft they could not support the forces exerted on them in the inverted position. See more »
The pistol used to shoot Rodney is a Webley Mk IV chambered in .38 S&W, one of the most anemic service rounds ever foisted on an unwilling army (by the British). There is absolutely no way it would cause a full-grown man to fly back fifteen feet as is depicted in this film. (There are documented cases of it failing to penetrate military greatcoats at even closer ranges.) See more »
[to Towns, about the makeshift plane]
The design is perfect, the only flaw is that we have to rely on you to fly it.
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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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