James Stewart heads an impressive cast that includes Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch and Ernest Borgnine in this gripping tale of courage and suspense. When their cargo plane crashes in the Sahara Desert, the only hope for a crew of oilmen and military personnel is to try to rebuild the craft before they all perish from heat and deprivation. Based on Elleston Trevor's popular novel of the same name, and artfully directed by Robert Aldrich, "The Flight of the Phoenix" is a riveting combination of finely honed character studies and an exciting story line.
Well rated but disappointing
- The Flight of the Phoenix review by CD
This film seems to have grown in ratings over the years and was recently shown at the British Film Institute again. To be honest, I was disappointed. I found the characters a bit wooden and the humour and lines in general have not stood the test of time well. The overall plot is straightforward - a crash in the desert in an aeroplane- and unfortunately despite the efforts of James Stewart and Richard Attenborough it remains not much more interesting than that