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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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The only way out is up 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

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 »

Goofs

After sand storm that killed Davis there are still many many footprints around the graves. These would have been wiped out during the storm. See more »

Quotes

Davis: [while urinating, laughs] Maybe I should save this.
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Connections

Referenced in The Sentinel (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Some Lovin'
Written by Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis
Performed by Steve Winwood
Re-mix by Ryan Freeland
Courtesy of Wincraft Music, Inc.
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Why bother!
21 June 2006 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I'm not saying that I didn't get caught up in this a bit, but then I searched my memory for the original, which cam out when I was pretty young. It starred Jimmy Stewart, who was a good deal more balanced than Dennis Quaid. There is nothing new here, other than a Mongol hoard and Mongolia itself. The point, of course, is to build a plane from carcass of the older, larger one. I think what was missing was true characterization. While everyone seemed to wear their emotions on their sleeves, they were like worker ants with little visible personality. At the beginning, the captain would rather let everyone die than put forth some effort. The in-fighting seems really strained. The characters who wander off don't seem to have reason other than it's the right thing to do. There is an ugly scene with a nomadic tribe. As if the process of getting out of the desert wasn't bad enough. There is also a problem with wear and tear on the principles involved. They seem to stay pretty healthy despite their hard work and the hopeless nature of their predicament. I'm not saying it's a bad movie. It's just not different enough or well acted enough to make it any better than the first.


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