DVD 105 mins IMDB 6.0 (6,108 votes)
PG-13
Flight Of The Phoenix
20th Century Fox (2004)
In Collection
#267

My Rating:
6

Seen It:
Yes
(June 2005 )
Action, Adventure
USA  /  English

Tyrese Gibson A.J.
Hugh Laurie Ian
Miranda Otto Kelly
Dennis Quaid Frank Towns
Giovanni Ribisi Elliott
Tyrese A.J. (as Tyrese Gibson)
Tony Curran Rodney
Sticky Fingaz Jeremy (as Kirk Jones)
Jacob Vargas Sammi
Scott Michael Campbell Liddle
Kevork Malikyan Rady
Jared Padalecki Davis
Paul Ditchfield Dr. Gerber
Martin Hindy Newman (as Martin 'Mako' Hindy)
Bob Brown Kyle
Anthony Wong Lead Smuggler

Director John Moore
Producer William Aldrich; T. Alex Blum; Alex Blum; John Davis; Wyck Godfrey
Writer Edward Burns; Scott Frank; Lukas Heller
Cinematography Donal Caulfield; Brendan Galvin
Musician Marco Beltrami; Christopher Ward
User Credit 1 Don Zimmerman
User Credit 2 George L. Little

Based on a novel by Elleston Trevor, director John Moore's The Flight of the Phoenix is a remake of a 1965 film of the same name starring film icon James Stewart. The story revolves around the plight of Captain Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid), a pilot whose C-119 cargo plane full of oil workers could not withstand the violent winds of a desert sandstorm. Stranded in the harsh terrain of Mongolia's Gobi Desert (a departure from the original, in which the plane crashed in the Sahara), Frank and his navigator face an equal challenge in maintaining order among the survivors. The group of oilmen had planned on an uneventful trip to shut off a group of rigs falling below their productivity expectations -- not fending for their very lives. Before long, some men are revealed as cowards, while others exhibit a surprising show of strength, all the while hoping that the wreckage of the original plane can be salvaged before a Lord of the Flies situation occurs. Miranda Otto is featured in a supporting role, as well as Giovanni Ribisi and Tyrese Gibson. -- Tracie Cooper

Edition Details
Barcode 024543174530
Region Region 1
Release Date 3/1/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Full-length Audio Commentary by Director John Moore, Producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey, and Production Designer Patrick Lumb
Deleted/Extended Scenes - Over 15 Minutes of Never Before Seen Footage
"The Phoenix Diaries" Making-of Documentary & More!
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Some language, action and violence.
User Text 2 The only way out is up
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Notes
Trivia: The production built a "Phoenix" that could be taxied, but were unable to safely build a flying version economically. Mindful of the original production which did build a "Phoenix" that could fly, but was structurally unsound and crashed killing stuntman Paul Mantz, the flying scenes were done using a radio controlled model and computer graphics. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Elliot is first introduced, Towns is wearing his jacket. But the reverse shot, Towns is wearing a short-sleeved shirt and no jacket. (more)

Quotes: Rady: Let me tell you a story. A rabbi and a priest attend a boxing match. They watch as the boxers come into the ring. The rabbi sees one of the boxers cross himself. So the rabbi turns to the priest and asks, ?What does that mean? The priest says, ?Not a damn thing if the man can't fight.? (more)

Awards: 2 nominations (more)