The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

“Mr. Towns, you behave as if stupidity were a virtue. Why is that? ” – Heinrich Dorfmann

Number of Times Seen – 2 (17 Nov 2000 and 19 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – While on a routine flight across the Sahara, a cargo plane crash lands and the survivors must find a way to survive certain death.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw nearly two decades ago yet always recalled how good it was.

The story itself is amazing and they manage to keep things interesting the entire time largely due to so many unexpected twists popping up bow and again.

The cast of this film is superb and each gets to play very unique characters who add so much to the structure and personality of the story itself.

They do a wonderful job making the viewer feel the isolation that keeps seeping in to the character’s minds as the tension begins to slowly creep higher due to the fact that the characters feel the effects of hunger, thirst, energy and loss of hope closing in around them.

The storyline is presented amazingly and it all comes across as being quite realistic in the way that things are played out over the course of the story

Bottom Line – Amazing story that works really well. the cast is superb and they manage to give us some great and diverse characters that help add so much to the structure of the storyline.  We can easily feel the isolation seeping in the tension slowly rises bit by bit over the course of the film as the characters slowly become deprived of their senses due to lack of water, energy and of course hope along the way. They do an amazing job with this storyline to make things seem quite realistic since things are played out quite genuinely along the way while also filled with great surprises along the way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The plane they leave on at the end of the film was to be a C-82 Boom. The stunt of taking off was too dangerous, so legendary stunt pilot Paul Mantz was asked to merely come in low, run his landing gear along the ground, then take off again, simulating a take-off. On the second take, the plane crashed and was destroyed, killing Mantz. As all main footage had already been shot, a North American O-47A observation plane from the Air Museum was substituted for the remaining close-ups. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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2 thoughts on “The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

  1. Love this movie. One of the best opening credit sequences ever, with the rousing score and the freeze frames. I knew that Paul Mantz had died making the movie, but never knew how. As for the sequel – I was originally excited when I heard about it – but they screwed it up. Every choice (of change) was wrong. Should’ve left well enough alone.


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