Flight of the Phoenix
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Other than Dennis Quaid, none of these characters leaves so much as a footprint in the sand. We don't know them. We don't care about them."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This is one flight that never quite gets off the ground."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"If I had seen this film before the original, I might have actually preferred it."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"This new Phoenix makes too many mistakes, the biggest one being the mistake of confusing 'modernizing' with 'dumbing down.'"
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"By film's end the adventure appears less a matter of base survival than a beach barbecue gone slightly sour."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Exciting (but intense) adventure for older kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Entertaining, but brainless, popcorn fun."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"It's never more than ridiculous popcorn fun, but the fun is thin on the ground."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"...it's not tense enough, realistic enough, or exciting enough to lift it much beyond the ordinary."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The wonderful character actors in the original ... are succeeded by a fairly anonymous bunch."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Remake of Robert Aldrich's revered 1965 classic would be 15% better if not for its abysmal use of pop music, and 100% better if Aldrich's son William had never thought to ride on his father's coattails by producing it in the first place."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Flight of the Phoenix ignores the human drama to focus on cockamamie setbacks that are harder to swallow than the plane's motor oil."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Competent, watchable remake that improves on the special effects and running time but loses the moral complexity and the character work of the original."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Frankly, it's painful to watch such a strong cast struggle so desperately to hold the film together while it falls apart around them"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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