Flight of the Phoenix

Theatrical Release: December 17, 2004
Flight of the Phoenix


This action-adventure film is a remake of the 1965 film, which was based on the book by Elleston Trevor. Capt. Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid) and co-pilot AJ (Tyrese Gibson) pilot a C-119 cargo plane for an oil-company crew, led by a woman (Miranda Otto), whose job it is to shut down oil rigs in remote locations when they stop being productive. After finishing up a project, the crew’s plane flies directly into a terrifying sandstorm and crashes in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. In a short time, they realize that the likelihood of a rescue from this brutal terrain is remote. In order to escape their prison of sand, they must be creative. They determine that they may have all of the necessary parts from the wreckage to build another plane, but the challenge is to make it work before they run out of food and water or, worse yet, kill each other.

Dove Review

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this film before I viewed it. The idea was very interesting, but I didn’t know how realistic building another plane would be. I am glad that my doubts were proved wrong. Flight of the Phoenix serves as a solid action movie. The movie accurately depicts how I would expect normal, non superhero or superhuman people to react in the situation. The movie made a point to show viewers how building another plane was actually feasible, whether or not it could be done in those conditions. Another interesting characteristic of the film is how it was written to make viewers actually despise one of the heroes until the end. This flick is not Dove approved, but I recommend its viewing for older audiences.

While its understandable how foul language would be used in the life crisis depicted in the movie, other words can still be used by producers to get across the same point. If not for the language, I would recommend for a younger crowd because I feel they would enjoy it very much. There are some scenes with violence, mostly gunfire and a couple men being shot. A good movie for those not language sensitive. S: Scene where two men are making fun of the Clinton-Lewinsky situation with sexual innuendos.

Content Description

Sex: Scene where two men are making fun of the Clinton-Lewinsky situation with sexual innuendos.
Language: 13 S, 5 BS, 4 G, 1 J, 11 H, 6 A, 4 D, and one each of B, F, Christ
Violence: Man shown falling to death, smacking the ground, body shown with skin burned off from sand storm, couple scenes with shooting, man being shot, man punched in face
Drugs: Some cigarette smoking
Nudity: None
Occult: None


Company: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action
Runtime: 112 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Miranda Otto
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge