Adventure CanalSat Movies

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) – An enjoyable old classic

Flight of the PhoenixThe Flight of the Phoenix by Robert Aldrich on Cine+ Classic (CanalSat)
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will build to escape before their food and water run out

A good old adventure movie from back in the days when Hollywood knew how to make them. I did not have any movies left on my to-watch shelf, at least none that I felt like watching, yesterday evening and I spotted that this one was given on Cine+ Classic so I decided to go for it.

James Stewart was never one of my really favorite actors but he is still one of the more enjoyable old Hollywood stars and it is always fun to watch some of the old bunch. Since it is a fairly old movie it is refreshingly free of hysterical shouting and foul language for no good reason.  When people argue in this movie they actually say something using actual arguments. Do not take me wrong, I do not mind the use of foul language in movies but not when it is just to shock or to cover up the lack of intelligent script.

I am not sure that I buy in too much on the basic plot in the movie. To rip apart a plane and put it together again using only the material available at the crash site seems a bit too far out for me. There are also a few holes in it like that they where worried that everyone would have the strength left to finish the work but then several of them would cling onto the wing of an airplane using only their hands. Even with the improvised windshield that is rather ludicrous.

If one can overlook that it is not a bad story though and with the good old-fashioned performance of the actors in it I quite enjoyed my 140 minute long sitting in front of the TV-screen yesterday.

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