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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The catalogue of the fictional company "Baecker Flugzeuge", for which Dorfmann works, is a real one by still-existing German model manufacturer Schuco. The shown model plane "Adler" (Eagle) had the order number Hegi 153 SB 7, and was part of their "Tiger" range of radio-controlled models at the time. See more »
When the left engine of the box car is stopping at the beginning of the film, the propeller is turning in the opposite direction. The propellers in this aircraft both turn to the right as seen from behind. See more »
Insurance companies move in mysterious ways. Much like God... only far less generous.
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Closing credits epilogue: IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED...
THAT PAUL MANTZ, A FINE MAN AND A BRILLIANT FLYER GAVE HIS LIFE IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM... 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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