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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Bob Brown
Paul Ditchfield
Hugh Laurie
Miranda Otto
Dennis Quaid
Giovanni Ribisi
Directors
John Moore
Screenwriters
Scott Frank
Edward Burns
Running Time
113 minutes

Flight Of The Phoenix
Dennis Quaid in John Moore's remake of the cracking survival story with a distinctive feel and a surprising twist


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Flight Of The Phoenix

Plot
After picking up a crew of oil workers, pilot Frank Towns (Quaid) runs into a sandstorm and crashes into the Gobi desert. Survival prospects seem dim, until a mysterious passenger (Ribisi) announces that he's an aircraft designer and they can build a new plane from the wreckage.


Verdict
As remakes go, this is a solid reworking of a terrific premise, but still a missed opportunity to reinvent a character piece for troubled times.


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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