The Flight of the Phoenix
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

When an aircraft crash-lands in the Sahara, one of the survivors, a German designer, draws up a plan to build a glider from the wreckage, but the expected conflicts beneath the oppressive heat, make their chances of success seem slim at… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 15, 1965
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Gets exciting mileage out of examining male codes of honor and behavior.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

A smart character study disguised as a thriller, and well worth viewing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Plays against convention by raising scary questions about leadership.

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David Cornelius

This is a different kind of action movie, but it's all the better for it.

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Luanne Brown
Chico Enterprise-Record

Don't watch this before your next flight.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A criminally underrated adventure classic.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Relentless, gripping lost in desert vehicle.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a terrific and underrated action/adventure movie; especially compared to some of today's Summertime blockbuster "thrillers."

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Justifiably popular adventure tale set in the deserts of Arabia where a windstorm forces down what should have been a simple hop, skip and a jump flight in the… More
jay nixon
A trifle long but loaded with good performances and an interesting story. Greatly superior to terrible recent remake.
Alex roy
Robert Aldrich's Flight of the Phoenix is a near flawless classic action thriller that boasts a tremendous cast of phenomenal talent. The plot is very… More
xGary Xx
A brilliant cast are stranded in the desert and have to stop pulling in different directions to work for a common cause: escape. Very talky and featuring some… More
Jens S.
This adventure about a couple of men crash landing in the desert and trying to build a new plane from the remains while their egos are crushing is a true… More
Dimitris Springer
Buddy movies are repulsive.Skinless the least.And how has Aldrich restored my faith on those action boiled themes?It was easy after 30 minutes of his reviving… More