The Flight of the Phoenix

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Released 1965

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Director:
Robert Aldrich
Released:
1965
Rating:
R
The Flight of the Phoenix is the 1965 action classic directed by legendary filmmaker Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, The Dirty Dozen, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?) and featuring an all star cast of international acting sensations. A disparate group of ordinary men ' oil workers, engineers, a couple of soldiers, the plane's ageing crew ' crash-land in the Sahara, so far off course as to make rescue a pipe-dream. They're doomed, until one of the passengers Dorfmann (Hardy Krueger), a young German engineer, suggests making a smaller plane from the crashed hulk ' and simply flying themselves to safety. His idea is met with derision by the pilot ' Frank Towns (Jimmy Stewart), an alcoholic veteran relegated to ferrying men and machinery across Africa in his old rust bucket ' and sparks start to fly. Towns' stutteringly diplomatic co-pilot, Lew Moran (Richard Attenborough) ' coerces him into compliance ' if only to give these doomed men something to do to stave off the inevitable. And so begins the tense, ego-fuelled battle between Towns and Dorfmann ' alongside the survivors' battle against time, the desert, and forlorn hope.moreless

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