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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

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A Great Film
Added by Brian Huffman (email) on 2006-02-09 08:24:23

I've read a number of reviews of both versions of this film. Most generally praise this one and don't quite write off the other...I think the reviews don't go far enough in either direction. The new version is positively silly, and the old one was just plain great. The people in the original are real: Jimmy Stewart is the pilot/boss who has genuine doubts about his own leadership due to having just made a major mistake and simultaneously having a serious challenge to his authority by a man who seems in every way to be better than he is. Attenborrow is the office diplomat who tries desperately to get two natural enemies to work together. Finch is the "wonder boss" and a genuine leader. He's selfless and he'd never give a subordinate a task he wouldn't do himself, but he is way out of his element. The Doctor is the pragmatist/motivator...he knows people must believe they have a chance whether the do or not. It is the best film on office politics I've ever seen (even better than Glenn Gary Glenn Ross).




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