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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Miranda Otto, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Curran
  • Directors: John Moore
  • Writers: Edward Burns, Lukas Heller, Scott Frank
  • Producers: Alex Blum, John Davis, Ric Kidney, William Aldrich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Extra tracks, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007KIFI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flight of the Phoenix (Widescreen Edition) (2004)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by John Moore, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Patrick Lumb
  • The Phoenix Diaries featurette
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Threatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

An action-adventure in which a group of air crash survivors - cast-offs from society who will never be missed - are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no hope of rescue. As they attempt to build a new plane from the wreckage of the old one, in hopes of flying back to civilization, they experience a rebirth of their own.

Customer Reviews

This is the WORST remake of any movie I've seen in my life.
Billy L. Parrish
Do they think that people that liked the originals aren't going to say anything.
JLZ
A plane takes off from an oil field and crashes into the desert.
Matthew Horner

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DRob VINE VOICE on June 16, 2006
Format: DVD
Flight of the Phoenix, directed by John Moore and starring Dennis Quaid, is a good flick if you are looking for something light. Quaid does a good portrayal of the pilot who crashes his plane in the desert, along with passengers from an oil-rig. With their hopes for rescue dwindling along their water and food supplies, they become convinced by one of the passengers, a stranger who says he designs airplanes, that they can build another airplane out of the parts from the wrecked plane. Giovanni Ribisi plays the stranger in an appropriately creepy manner-- one is left with the feeling that if and when the new plane gets back to civilization, the other passengers will kill him upon arrival.

Miranda Otto also does a fine job as Kelly, the oil-rig operator; and it's nice to see that there is no big deal made about the fact that she is a woman. Neither does the movie throw in a romance between her and any of the other characters-- she is simply another one of the "guys".

Inevitably you will want to compare this to the old Jimmy Stewart movie or the book upon which it is based. Don't, because if you do, it will inevitably fall short in the comparison. However, taken on its own, the plane crash is scary, the tension is high, and except for a stupid subplot involving bandits, it is fun to watch.
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I understand this movie is actually a remake of an earlier movie starring James Stewart in the sixties. I did not watch the earlier movie, even though James Stewart was a favourite actor of mine, but I certainly enjoy watching this one.

The storyline is very simple: A ragtag bunch of characters on a cargo plane crash-landed somewhere in the Gobi Desert. They worked together, led (or misled?) by an eccentric character, Elliot (played menacingly by Giovanni Ribisi), who had only some experience with model air plane design, to rebuild the plane from the wreckage & then to fly back to civilisation.

In a nut shell, it is essentially a movie about the triumph of the indomitable human spirit. What I like about this movie is watching the ragtag bunch of diverse characters eventually working together & using their sheer ingenuity & imagination to rebuild the plane, in spite of extremely hostile conditions - no contact with the outside world, brutal environment (scorching sun & scathing sandstorms), dwindling resources & attack by desert marauders. The dialogue is very witty...sometimes funny...coupled by a spectacular crash sequence, which has been seemingly extended for viewers' enjoyment.

This movie also brought back some sweet memories of my trip across the southern end of the Gobi Desert about a decade ago. At that time, I was trying to retrace the journey of Marco Polo along the Silk Road. I rode on a camel as well as on four-wheels across some short stretches. The view of the sand dunes was magnificent & enchanting, but I could sense the harsh reality of the environment. [This movie was actually filmed on location in Namibia, Africa.]

Only one aspect of the movie really puzzles me. As a Chinese, I noted that the desert marauders apparently spoke Cantonese.
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50 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on December 20, 2004
Saw it Saturday at the Bridge theater in Culver City. In one word, my review would be, "awesome." I remember when I was a boy my dad taking me to see the old Robert Aldrich movie "The Flight of the Phoenix" at the tiny Kings Park Theater on Long Island. That as so long ago James Stewart could still play an action hero. I loved the picture then, and I think a lot of boys my age still will connect the movie with similar male-bonding experiences with their dads--maybe they should have released this re-make during Father's Day holiday instead of Christmas. Anyhow, the remake did not disappoint. Dennis Quaid is no Jimmy Stewart, but he's just as good in this as he was in THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. Funny in this one he's always traipsing up and down over Gobi desert hills in Gunga Din heat sweating his balls off, whereas in TOMORROW he was all icy cold with ice forming over his face. What a year it's been for poor Dennis Quaid. In this film he plays Frank "Shut Em Down" Townes, a crack pilot who makes some unfortuante decisions early in the film and spends the rest of the time living them down and trying to righten things.

Miranda Otto looks completely different than she did in the final two films of the LORD OF THE RINGS tragedy. She plays Kelly, a tough as nails oil driller and physically she looks a lot like Evangeline Lilly who plays "Kate" on ABC's LOST. Everyone around me sitting in the theater was commenting on how much this film resembles LOST. Frank and Kelly are just like Jack and Kate in LOST, there's a quasi-Sayed guy who spouts a lot of mystic Kahil Gibran philosophy, a chubby guy sort of like Hurley, and strange monstrous creatures out there who are using the castaways as target practice.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Foskin on November 24, 2005
Format: DVD
It's hard to be fair to the new "Flight of the Phoenix," an adaptation of the novel by Elleston Trevor, because I keep wanting desperately to compare it to Robert Aldrich's 1965 film version, which got everything so right that I wonder why a remake was necessary. The fact that John Moore, the director of this new version, gets everything wrong in those same places makes me eager to simply make my review a list of direct comparisons.

I'll try not to, however, since every time I confront a remake, I always tell myself to judge it on its own terms. (Such advice doesn't always work, of course, especially when the new version is a pale imitation of a classic.) I will allow myself a one sentence contrast, and it is this: where the 1965 film takes its time letting the story unravel on its own, quietly but fiercely, the 2004 version opts to make everything louder, and louder, and louder, until it's convinced that the only way to get dramatic impact from such a premise is to pound loudness into the viewer.

For a while (and here's where I force myself to ignore the original movie... good luck), Moore's "Phoenix" gets things right. It shakes up the story a bit, ditching the military characters and making everyone involved employees of an oil company. Flying out of a lousy Mongolian outpost, they get slammed by a nasty sandstorm and crash in the Gobi desert, presumably somewhere just inside the China border, although nobody's too sure. The crash sequence is great stuff, nerveracking and fierce, one-upping such modern crash scenes as the one in "Cast Away." So far, so good.
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