The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

142 min.
Plot  Frank Towns (James Stewart) is the pilot of a twin-engine Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo plane flying from Jaghbub to Benghazi in Libya. Lew Moran (Richard Attenborough) is the navigator while the passengers are Capt. Harris (Peter Finch) and Sgt. Watson (Ronald Fraser) of the British Army; Dr. Renaud (Christian Marquand), a physician; Heinrich Dorfmann (Hardy Krüger), a German aeronautical engineer; Mr. Standish (Dan Duryea), an oil company accountant; and several oil workers that include Trucker Cobb (Ernest Borgnine), a mentally-disturbed foreman; Ratbags Crow (Ian Bannen), a mean-spirited, sardonic Scot; Carlos (Alex Montoya) and his pet monkey; and Gabriel (Gabriele Tinti). A sudden sandstorm shuts down the engines, forcing Towns to crash-land in the desert. As the aircraft careens to a stop, several oil drums and oil drilling tools break loose and severely injure Gabriel's leg. Two other workers are killed.

With no functioning radio to call for help, the survivors wait to be ...



James Stewart
Capt. Frank Towns
Hardy Krüger
Heinrich Dorfmann
Peter Finch
Capt. Harris
Ernest Borgnine
Trucker Cobb
Ian Bannen
"Ratbags" Crow
Ronald Fraser
Sgt. Watson
George Kennedy
Mike Bellamy


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The Flight of the Phoenix
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