A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will build to escape before their food and water run out.Written by
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Three Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo planes were required for filming and were located at Long Beach Airport, California. They were all operated by Steward-Davis, Inc., and were registered as N6887C, N4833V, and N53228. See more »
3 things about Tucker Cobb dying in the sand:
1) His name is Tucker Cobb, yet he wrote "E" Cobb not "T" Cobb.
2) When the pilot is chasing away the vulture, his foot pushes up a mound of sand that slightly covers the top of the second "B", yet when he looks at the name afterwards, neither the mound nor the covering of the top of the "B" is shown.
3) When he's shooing away the vulture we can see where Cobb's right hand is next to the bottom of the first "B", yet when we see his name, as the pilot is looking at it, Cobb's hand in now next to the bottom of the 2nd "B". See more »
A true "classic". Please, please don't miss this film.
I have seen this film maybe, 20 times over the last 30 years. It's one of the rare movies that entertains each and every time. Seeing movies like Flight Of The Phoenix only reminds me just how bad "Hollywood" has gotten.
The plot. It is quite simple really. Survival. But how the writers, producers and directors mold the basic premise into a complex and compelling 2 hours of cinema is a delight.
To watch Stewart, Finch, Attenborough, Kruger and company work in this movie is to see the difference between actors of yesteryear and movie stars of today.
I am watching the movie as I type this and I'm watching Attenborough react to finding out Kruger's "secret". His laughter is both hilarious and pitiable. And the look of shock and confusion on Stewart's face says it all.
As you can tell, I love this movie. I cannot vote it or recommend it highly enough. You would be well served to find this on DVD. Enjoy and happy flying.
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