Flight Of The Phoenix

20th Century Fox Released 2004




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John Moore

Flight Of The Phoenix is an adaptation of Elleston Trevor's 1964 novel of the same name. As Captain Frank Towns and his co-pilot A.J. are flying a crew of workers to an oil rig, a sudden sandstorm causes their small aircraft to crash in the Gobi Desert. While three people die in the crash, the rest of the survivors wait for help from Amacor, the company that owns the oil rig. When their limited water supply starts dwindling, it soon becomes apparent that help is not going to come in time. As the survivors begin to bicker and fall into despair, a engineer named Elliott makes the radical suggestion that they rebuild their wrecked plane. In order to save themselves, the survivors must put aside their differences and band together to construct a new plane from the rubble.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    An excellent job of retaining key elements of the original plot but have created a whole new set of characters that gives the film an entirely contemporary feel.

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Shows both how far Hollywood's tech departments have advanced in 40 years and how shallow the pool of solid action thesps has become.

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A moth-eaten stranded-in-the-desert yarn that throws in every cheap trick in the manual to pump up your heartbeat, is so manipulative that the involuntary jolts of adrenaline it pr...

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    • Production Budget - $45,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $21,009,180 (106th)
      Worldwide Gross - $34,586,268 (109th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $27,606,266
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013  - $45,446,690

    • Other production companies:
      Aldrich Group
      Davis Entertainment
      Optional Pictures

    • Filmed in Namibia.

    • Taglines:
      1. The only way out is up.
      2. Out of the ashes, hope will rise.
      3. If they stand together, they stand a chance.

    • Music:
      I've Been Everywhere
      Written by Geoff Mack
      Performed by Johnny Cash
      Night Train
      Written by Jimmy Forrest, Oscar Washington, Lewis Simpkins
      Performed by James Brown
      Gimme Some Lovin'
      Written by Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis
      Performed by Steve Winwood
      Re-mix by Ryan Freeland
      A Moment in Time (Intro)
      Written and Produced by Christopher Ward
      Hey Ya
      Written by André Benjamin
      Performed by Outkast
      Written by Robert del Naja, Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles and Horace Hinds
      Performed by Massive Attack


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