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Flight of the Phoenix

Flight of the Phoenix

John Moore (3) (2004)

108min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This remake from Behind Enemy Lines director John Moore adds little to Robert Aldrich's 1965 original, save for some superior special effects, but it's a decent enough adventure yarn for those who haven't seen the first film. The plot remains much the same: the survivors of a plane crash in the desert (here the Gobi; it was the Sahara in the original) seek to escape by building a second craft from the wreckage of the first. Dennis Quaid assumes the role of the pilot originally played by James Stewart, while Giovanni Ribisi steps into Hardy Kruger's shoes to play the aircraft designer who conceives the idea of a new plane to rise phoenix-like from the ashes of the old. The production values are good - the opening crash is especially well staged - and the tension builds nicely. Overall, it's a watchable retread, though perhaps not a particularly necessary one.

Summary

The crew and passengers of a cargo plane are left stranded in the Gobi desert after a crash. They embark on a desperate plan to return to civilisation - by building a new plane out of the wreckage of the old one. Action adventure remake, starring Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Giovanni Ribisi, Miranda Otto and Hugh Laurie.

Cast & Crew

Frank Towns Dennis Quaid
Elliott Giovanni Ribisi
AJ Tyrese Gibson
Kelly Miranda Otto
Ian Hugh Laurie
Rodney Tony Curran
Jeremy Sticky Fingaz
Sammi Jacob Vargas
Liddle Scott Michael Campbell
Rady Kevork Malikyan
Davis Jared Padalecki
Director John Moore (3)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Mar 2005

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