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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) Poster

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The plane, on which they leave, at the end of the movie, was to be a C-82 Boom. The stunt of taking off was too dangerous, so legendary stunt pilot Paul Mantz was asked to merely come in low, run his landing gear along the ground, then take off again, simulating a take-off. On the second take, the plane crashed and was destroyed, killing Mantz. As all of the main footage had already been shot, a North American O-47A observation plane from the Air Museum was substituted for the remaining close-ups.
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Brief footage of the crash that killed Paul Mantz is shown near the end of the documentary Cinerama Adventure (2002).
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The Tallmantz Phoenix P-1 was designed by Otto Timm and built by Tallmantz Aviation, Incorporated for this movie. It had the following characteristics: Length: 45' Wingspan: 42' Engine: a like-new Pratt & Whitney R-1340 nine cylinder radial engine of 650 horsepower, taken from a T-6, as were the wheels and various other parts. Wings: wing panels taken from a T-11 (civilian conversion of an AT-11, which is a Beechcraft 18 type ) The apparent wing, tail, and undercarriage wire bracing was made out of clothesline, and was intentionally made to look flimsy. The fuselage and empennage were all hand-built from scratch, plywood over a wood frame. The cockpit was shallow and makeshift. The pilot sat down. Another person stood behind the pilot, and was strapped to a stringer.
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Dummies on the wings were found to blank the control surfaces, so silhouettes of the wing-passengers were used instead.
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Producer and Director Robert Aldrich wanted Barrie Chase to do her exotic dance topless, but she refused.
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In the Italian version, the song "Senza fine" is the original one, sung by Ornella Vanoni.
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At least one of the aircrafts used once flew for the U.S. Marine Corps. The passenger information board inside the fuselage shows VMR-253, a U.S.M.C. transport squadron, and R4Q-1, the military type designation, and the military serial number, BuNo, 126580.
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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.
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A surprise failure at the box-office, despite its powerhouse cast.
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The Connie Francis song "Senza Fine" heard over a radio was not a hit on the charts. However, it remains a popular standard in Francis' back catalogue probably because it was used extensively by Billy Wilder in Avanti! (1972).
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The plane type used in the crash was a modified C119 Boxcar from the Korean War era, thus used to make the P1 plane.
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Sir Richard Attenborough (Lew Moran) directed Hardy Krüger (Heinrich Dorfmann) in A Bridge Too Far (1977). He also directed Ian Bannen (Crow) in Gandhi (1982).
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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, Incorporated, and were registered as N6887C, N4833V, and N53228.
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"Senza Fine" means "without an end" or "never end".
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As of 2018, Hardy Krüger is the last surviving member of the cast.
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Features Ian Bannen's only Oscar nominated performance.
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The magazine, that Bill (William Aldrich) was reading at the beginning, was the May, 1965 issue of Playboy.
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The cast includes five Oscar winners: James Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, Peter Finch, George Kennedy, and Sir Richard Attenborough.
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Hardy Krüger and Peter Finch appeared in The Red Tent (1969), a similar movie about an airship that crash-lands in the Arctic, this time co-starring Sir Sean Connery.
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or events, is purely coincidental.
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Italian censorship visa # 46606 delivered on 8 March 1966.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Director Robert Aldrich's son, William, and son-in-law, Peter Bravos are the first two casualties in this movie, killed by falling cargo during the opening credits, as the disabled plane is descending for its crash landing.
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Of the seven deaths in this movie, the fate of Carlos is never revealed. He simply never returned from the desert trek with Captain Harris.
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