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Based on Elleston Trevor's novel, The Flight of the Phoenix opens with a well-staged plane crash in the middle of the Sahara desert. The pilot (James Stewart) and the navigator (Richard Attenborough) do their best to maintain order among the survivors, a group of oil men not well-suited for survival in the desert wastes. Some of those who appear to be the most resourceful reveal themselves to be inept or cowardly, while other less prepossessing types -- notably bespectacled Standish (Dan Duryea) -- demonstrate surprising inner reserves of strength. The ultimate fate of the survivors rests in the hands of Heinrich Dorfmann (Hardy Kruger), who uses the wreckage of the old plane to design a new one. The Flight of the Phoenix was dedicated to the memory of veteran stunt pilot Paul Mantz, who was killed while filming the take-off scene of the new plane. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ian Bannen New Star of the Year - Male 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ian Bannen Best Supporting Actor 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Luciano Best Editing 1965 Nominee

Cast

James Stewart
as Frank Towns
Richard Attenborough
as Lew Moran
Peter Finch
as Capt. Harris
Hardy Kruger
as Heinrich Dorfmann
Ernest Borgnine
as Trucker Cobb
Ian Bannen
as Crow
Ronald Fraser
as Sgt. Watson
Christian Marquand
as Dr.Renaud
Dan Duryea
as Standish
George Kennedy
as Bellamy
Gabriele Tinti
as Gabriele
Peter Bravos
as Tasso
William Aldrich
as Bill
Stanley Ralph Ross
as Arab Singer

Crew

Robert Aldrich
Director
Robert Aldrich
Producer
Lukas Heller
Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc
Cinematographer
Frank De Vol
Composer (Music Score)
Gino Paoli
Songwriter
Michael Luciano
Editor
William Glasgow
Art Director
Walter Blake
Associate Producer
Norma Koch
Costume Designer
Howard Lydecker
Special Effects
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