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Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.


Justin Barber
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Florence Hartigan ... Sophie
Luke Spencer Roberts ... Josh Bishop
Chelsea Lopez ... Ashley Foster
Justin Matthews ... Mark Abrams
Clint Jordan ... Steve
Cyd Strittmatter ... Caroline
Jeanine Jackson ... Melissa
Matt Biedel ... Dan
Ana Dela Cruz ... Luisa
Mackenzie Firgens ... Newscaster
Jay Pirouznia Jay Pirouznia ... Private Investigator
Marc Marron Marc Marron ... Phoenix Astronomical Society
Don Boyd Don Boyd ... Phoenix Astronomical Society
Tony Duncan Tony Duncan ... Apache Storyteller
Richard Cansino ... Captain Groves


Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on Shocking Untold True Events

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, peril and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esquecidos de Phoenix See more »


Box Office


$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,816,499, 21 April 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,599,570, 9 June 2017
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though the UFO sighting this film is based on is most famously known as the "Phoenix Lights" there were also sightings of the same lights in parts of Nevada, other parts of Arizona, and even some parts of Northern Mexico on March 13, 1997. See more »


Steve's car keeps changing between a Mk V VW Golf and a Mk VI. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


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forget it
28 December 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Sophie Bishop returns to Phoenix. It was 20 years earlier that UFOs interrupted her 6th birthday party. Her older brother Josh pursued the UFO with friends, Ashley and Mark. They go missing soon after. In present day, Josh's old footage is found and Sophie follows the investigation.

The present day stuff is lacking any tension. It's circling the old footage. It would be more compelling to play all of the old footage first. At least, there is an expected payoff with the found footage and that gives them some tension. The footage could lead to some questions, and present day Sophie could follow in their footsteps to find some ultimate answer. As it stands, the found footage is fine and present day Sophie is lackluster.

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