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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

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Survivors of a plane crash in the Mongolian desert work together to build a new plane.

Director:

John Moore

Writers:

Lukas Heller, Scott Frank (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Frank Towns
Tyrese Gibson ... A.J.
Giovanni Ribisi ... Elliott
Miranda Otto ... Kelly Johnson
Tony Curran ... Alex Rodney
Sticky Fingaz ... Jeremy (as Kirk Jones)
Jacob Vargas ... Sammi
Hugh Laurie ... Ian
Scott Michael Campbell ... James Liddle
Kevork Malikyan ... Rady
Jared Padalecki ... John Davis
Paul Ditchfield Paul Ditchfield ... Dr. Gerber
Martin Hindy Martin Hindy ... Newman (as Martin 'Mako' Hindy)
Bob Brown ... Kyle
Anthony Brandon Wong ... Lead Smuggler (as Anthony Wong)
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Storyline

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 austin4577@aol.com

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If they stand together, they stand a chance See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, action and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vuelo del Fénix See more »

Filming Locations:

Namib Desert, Namibia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,019,430, 19 December 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,009,180, 13 March 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,586,268, 31 December 2005
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Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 98910 delivered on 22-4-2005. See more »

Goofs

Early in the crash sequence, the plane is doing barrel-rolls. A.J.'s unconscious body, which is unsecured, should have been rolling around. His body can been seen unmoving lying in the same spot even after other loose items have been thrown around. See more »

Quotes

Alex Rodney: I thought you weren't religious, Rady?
Rady: Spirituality is not religion. Religion divides people. Belief in something unites them.
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Connections

Referenced in Phoenix Diaries (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Train
Written by Jimmy Forrest, Oscar Washington, Lewis Simpkins
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Second version of the Robert Aldrich's classic with spectacular crashing on the desert
14 December 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture deals upon a varied bunch aboard airplane after locking-out an oil rig . The group is formed by an obstinate pilot (Dennis Quaid), a navigator pilot (Tyrese Gibson) and the passengers crew (Hugh Laurie, Miranda Otto , Jacob Vargas , Giovanni Rivisi..). The airplane crashes on desert of Mongolia (in first version was Sahara) and they must survive and hold numerous risks , odds , dangers , hardships and try to rebuild their aircraft from the wreckage in order to prevent the suffering caused for hostile elements : sandstorms , burn sun and Mongolian enemies. Misfortunes on desert atmosphere filling one with revulsion for the conditions in that unlucky are forced to exist stranded at uninhabited place : famine , warming , thirsty , bandits (in this adaptation have more importance than the first) and taking on themselves .

Movie is a thoughtful change about the Hollywood screenplay of the plane that crashes in far countries as : ¨Alive : Miracle of the Andes¨ or ¨Airport¨ series . The film is based on Lukas Heller novel and screenwriter is the actor Edward Burns . It's an intelligent and dramatic movie developing the narration about the plane construction of riveting manner and with a semi-male star-studded , exception of the enticing Miranda Otto but in the original adaptation was totally masculine . Dennis Quaid acting as a stubborn pilot is nice although he doesn't reach to James Stewart who was greatest but he feels embittered considering himself guilty of the accident for his error . Tyrese Gibson as navigator is cool but in same role Richard Attemborough was better as a boozy alcoholic co-pilot . Giovanni Rivisi interpretation is first-rate but he copies the terrific playing by Hardy Kruger and imitates even the physical , bleaching the hair . Other secondary cast : Hugh Laurie , Jacob Vargas , Scott Campbell , Tony Curran , all of them are very fine . Sensational music score by Marco Beltrani. Motion picture was rightly directed by John Moore , though with no originality .


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