The Flight of the Phoenix
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Based on Elleston Trevor's novel, The Flight of the Phoenix opens with a well-staged plane crash in the middle of the Sahara desert. The pilot (James Stewart) and the navigator (Richard Attenborough) do their best to maintain order among the survivors, a group of oil men not well-suited for survival in the desert wastes. Some of those who appear to be the most resourceful reveal themselves to be inept or cowardly, while other less prepossessing types -- notably bespectacled Standish (Dan Duryea) -- demonstrate surprising inner reserves of strength. The ultimate fate of the survivors rests… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Directed by Aldrich, this disaster picture about a plane crash boasts a terrific ensemble cast, headed by Jimmy Stewart and inluding Peter Finch and Ian Bannen in Oscar nominated turn."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gets exciting mileage out of examining male codes of honor and behavior."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"A smart character study disguised as a thriller, and well worth viewing."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"It's a terrific and underrated action/adventure movie; especially compared to some of today's Summertime blockbuster "thrillers.""
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Plays against convention by raising scary questions about leadership."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is a different kind of action movie, but it's all the better for it."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Don't watch this before your next flight."
‑ Luanne Brown, Chico Enterprise-Record
"A criminally underrated adventure classic."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Relentless, gripping lost in desert vehicle."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Absorbing study of men under pressure never flags"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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