The Flight Of The Phoenix - 1965 - James Stewart -

The Flight Of The Phoenix – 1965 – James Stewart

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The Story …

The story follows a small group of men struggling to survive their aircraft’s emergency landing in the Sahara.

It stars an ensemble cast, with James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Kruger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea and George Kennedy.

Frank Towns is the pilot of a twin-engine Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo plane flying from Jaghbub to Benghazi in Libya where a sudden sandstorm disables the engines, forcing Towns to crash-land in the Sahara desert. The radio is unusable, and the survivors are too far off course to be found by searchers.

Aboard the plane is a large quantity of pitted dates but only enough water for ten to fifteen days if rationed.

The race is on how to escape the heat of the desert or die!

Credits :

Directed by : Robert Aldrich
Screenplay by : Lukas Heller
Based on : Novel by Elleston Trevor
Produced by : Robert Aldrich
Cinematography : Joseph Biroc, A.S.C.
Edited by : Michael Luciano, A.C.E.
Music by : DeVol
Distributed by : 20th Century Fox
Release Date : December 15, 1965

Cast :

James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Kruger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy, Alex Montoya, Barrie Chase.

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  1. Superb acting, script and cine photography. 10 out of 10.

  2. Born in 1960, a film buff who started my love for movies in that decade: Mary Poppins, Sound of Music,…..finally now in 2023 going back to catch the ones I missed. This is a good one. Rather long, but extremely well acted, with some memorable dialogue and excellent psychological character study.

    James Stewart is in one of my all time favorite films, The Philadelphia Story; ditto Ernest Borgnine, The Poseidon Adventure and The Dirty Dozen; Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network; and of course Airport (1970) with George Kennedy. These are five films I have seen dozens of times. Good to see all these actors here.

    Thanks for posting, a new subscriber!

  3. When you watch the remake, you realize just how really good this movie really was, a masterpiece of excellence. The remake…pah! Not needed with poor quality acting content with seriously crap overacting by Hugh Laurie.

  4. I remember my friends in junior high talking about this movie. At that time you saw movies at the local theater after seeing the ad in the last section of the L.A. Times. Or if you missed it at the theater then it would be on the ABC Sunday Night movie 3 or 4 years later on your black and white TV. This was 15 years before the first VCR's hit the market.

  5. I remember seeing this movie with my parents as a kid when it was originally released in the theaters. I remember being confused by the rapid switching from day to night during the beginning of the build and asking my Mother what was going on. My dad flew in the civil air patrol before he died in 1967. I've always enjoyed this movie for sentimental reasons but it is actually a pretty good movie and holds up pretty well over the years. Thanks for posting.

  6. This one and "the good, the bad and the ugly" are the two great cineastic masterpieces where no women are involved, respectively only appear on the fringe and add no importance to the movie (in the Sergio Leone movie).

  7. Have always loved Peter Finch! Howard Beale! And my favorite Attenborough role was as Bartlett in The Great Escape.

  8. I was caught in a sandstorm near PHOENIX AZ in my car. Luckily I knew to not drive, if sand gets in your engine that’s the ballgame. So I sat it out. Awe inspiring!

  9. Don’t like to quibble but in blowing sand you need to cover your mouth and nose. PS Arabic for wind driving a sandstorm = haboob. Seriously 😊

  10. In 1965 I was 9 years old and during the Art class the teacher told us the story of this film. And the homework was to draw a scene using our imagination of the story she had told.
    That memory has stayed with me to this day.
    A great school, a lovely Miss and life was a joy.

  11. What's the deal here commercials every two and a half minutes……….

  12. Great movie! That sure looked like a frac pit to me at the end though πŸ˜€

  13. Original and Best …. Thank You πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’ͺ🏻

  14. Sorry Watson didn’t get killed not Harris, Watson was a snake! But glad the πŸ™Š made it!

  15. What a cast, and each one an Oscar performance. You have to go a long way to get better than this

  16. A stuntman was killed in the making of this picture he was on top the wing I'm not quite sure how he was killed I believe he fell,

  17. Great film. As usual better than the remake.

  18. @ 02:04:30, Hardy Kruger – "model aeroplane's have been flying successfully for fifty years before the wright brothers got off the ground."
    Attenborough: I didn't know that"
    Kruger: "Nevertheless, it's a fact"
    Is the above true history or fiction supporting drama?

  19. I was never a fan of Stewart. But, this is an exceptional film

  20. Thank you for letting me watch your movie

  21. Ranks HIGH in the best movies of the 1960s with "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "The Bedford Incident" and "Shenandoah" and "Spartacus." We can all name others.

  22. a classic in a class of its own with ingenious dramatization of characters without a big backdrop or CGI showmanship

  23. Pity the budget ran out before the landing scene, the last 5 mins seems rushed.

  24. James Stewart was an amazing person. He gave us all much more than most people know. He was an Air Force veteran who served from WW2 to the Vietnam War. I believe he retired as a Brigadier General. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  25. up there with the best stewart and cast a pleasure to watch

  26. handy to have 5 shovels ready to go….

  27. Great film, great cast, great plot. A masterpiece!

  28. Wow, last time I saw this movie I was a kid. Thanks!

  29. Such a short flight at the end, almost looks as if they could've walked there.

  30. This is the good version. The remake was really bad. Get Naked Prey with Cornel Wilde, great flic. Thanks!

  31. This movie is an unparalleled classic, and any attempt at a remake is merely an abomination created solely for profit, nothing more. This masterpiece stands alone, and I will never subject myself to watching the remake, which can never hope to capture the essence of the original

  32. That constant banging on that metal is absolutely about to drive me crazy. 😜πŸ€ͺπŸ˜–πŸ˜±πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜«πŸ₯΄πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«πŸ˜΅πŸ˜¨

  33. My heart β™₯️ cries 😒for him as he listens to that song 🎢. πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

  34. Unfortunately no subs english or greek.Too bad.

  35. Ernest Borgnine what a wonderful depiction of a nervous 😩 breakdown. Wow!!!😱😱😱😨😨😨😳😳😳

  36. The remake does not have the poetry and the pathos of the original.

  37. The scene when Attenborough was laughing.. so hard to do on camera. Beautiful and painful to watch.

  38. Ok. That’s number 3. One more time and I’ve got all of my fingers ant toes crossed!!!πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ¦ΆπŸ¦ΆπŸ¦ΆπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  39. Great movie but I prefer the remake. Looks like im in the minority though from the other comments.

  40. 1965! They made so many great movies in the sixties.

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