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
The production built a "Phoenix" that could be taxied, but were unable to safely build a flying version economically. Mindful of the original production which did build a "Phoenix" that could fly, but was structurally unsound and crashed killing stuntman Paul Mantz, the flying scenes were done using a radio controlled model and computer graphics. See more »
The registration number of the C119 at the beginning of the movie is H0180-H. This changes to H0181-H in some shots during the storm. See more »
What you doin?
[Fiddling with a PDA]
Oh, just sending an email to a friend.
[Ian smiles at A.J]
You're a funny fucker.
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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
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