History Film / TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965

12th Jul '15 9:28:25 PM Tallens
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* DeadlyDustStorm: The plane crashes after flying into a dust storm in the middle of the desert.
20th Jun '15 3:22:27 PM mlsmithca
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* TheBigGuy: Mike Bellamy is among the biggest and strongest of the survivors, so his role in the construction of the ''Phoenix'' involves a lot of the heavy lifting that can be done by one person.



** He remains determined to set off for Madara, a hundred miles away, on foot, insisting that it can only improve the chance the others will be rescued, even after Towns points out that the magnetic rock in the nearby mountains will render his compass useless while Lew notes that the calculations involved in navigating by the stars require too much precision and his right-handedness means that he will end up simply walking in a circle. Sure enough, Harris ends up back at the crash site a few days later, near death from dehydration and exhaustion, his companion from the expedition, Carlos, having died in the desert.

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** He remains determined to set off for Madara, a hundred miles away, on foot, insisting that it can only improve the chance the others will be rescued, even after Towns points out that the magnetic rock in the nearby mountains will render his compass useless while Lew notes that the calculations involved in navigating by the stars require too much precision and his right-handedness means and resulting uneven stride mean that he will end up simply walking in a an anticlockwise circle. Sure enough, Harris ends up back at the crash site a few days later, near death from dehydration and exhaustion, his companion from the expedition, Carlos, having died in the desert.
8th May '15 10:43:02 AM mlsmithca
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*** ItsTheOnlyWay: In Harris' defense, he believes the chances of Dorfmann's plane getting off the ground is zero, and Towns isn't inclined to disagree.


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* ItsTheOnlyWay: Harris goes on both of his high-risk expeditions into the desert because he believes the chances of Dorfmann's plane getting off the ground are zero, and Towns isn't inclined to disagree.
5th May '15 2:59:29 AM Odon
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*** ItsTheOnlyWay: In Harris' defense, he believes the chances of Dorfmann's plane getting off the ground is zero, and Towns isn't inclined to disagree.
19th Dec '14 1:57:47 PM mlsmithca
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** Ratbags Crow is barely able to go for a single scene without making fun of one of the other castaways, most of whom do not find him nearly as funny as he finds himself (such as when he pretend flirts with an unamused Watson while asking him for a spanner; the latter tells Crow to knock it off). That said, while he's a pretty unsympathetic character (less so than Watson, maybe), he works very hard during the ordeal and never could be accused of cowardice or bringing any detriment to the group.

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** Ratbags Crow is barely able to go for a single scene without making fun of one of the other castaways, most of whom do not castaways; after his usual verbal jousting partner, Carlos, dies while trekking into the desert with Harris, he is left with passengers who find him nearly as his sarcasm irritating rather than funny as he finds himself (such as (for example, when he pretend flirts with an unamused Watson while asking him for a spanner; spanner, the latter simply tells Crow to knock it off). That said, while he's a pretty unsympathetic character (less so than Watson, maybe), he works very hard during the ordeal and never could be accused of cowardice or bringing any detriment to the group.



* SenselessSacrifice: Harris ends up being responsible for three of these. First, when he and Carlos strike out for Madara on foot, Carlos dies of thirst and Harris ends up walking in a giant circle back to the crash site. Second, when he and Renaud approach the nomads camped just over the dunes from the crash site, they end up with their throats cut. In both cases, he knew he was taking a potentially life-threatening risk, but [[HonorBeforeReason decided the possibility that he might be able to get help outweighed the risk.]]

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* SenselessSacrifice: Harris ends up being responsible for three of these. First, when he and Carlos strike out for Madara on foot, Carlos dies of thirst and Harris ends up walking in a giant circle back to the crash site. Second, when he and Renaud approach the nomads camped just over the dunes from the crash site, they end up with their throats cut. In both cases, he knew knows he was is taking a potentially life-threatening risk, but [[HonorBeforeReason decided decides the possibility that he might be able to get help outweighed outweighs the risk.]]
14th Dec '14 8:40:02 AM mlsmithca
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* DeadHandShot: Bill and Tassos, the riggers who are crushed to death by loose heavy equipment during the crash, each get one of these, with Bill's hand next to the issue of ''Playboy'' he was reading before the crash and Tassos' hand around the neck of his smashed bouzouki.

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Bill and Tassos, the riggers who are crushed to death by loose heavy equipment during the crash, each get one of these, with Bill's hand next to the issue of ''Playboy'' he was reading before the crash and Tassos' hand around the neck of his smashed bouzouki.bouzouki.
** After Gabriele slits his wrists, there is a shot from Harris' point of view of his lifeless arm hanging over the side of his makeshift bunk, blood dripping onto the torn pieces of the photo of him and his wife on the floor.
14th Dec '14 8:35:19 AM mlsmithca
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* SurvivorGuilt: Capt. Towns has this when he loses two people and one is gravely injured in the crash; as he is writing the crash report in his log book, he scribbles out his description of the sandstorm and simply writes "Pilot error" as the reason for the crash. The subsequent deaths of Cobb, Carlos, and Gabriele make his guilt steadily worse.

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* SurvivorGuilt: Capt. Towns has this when he loses two people and one is gravely injured in the crash; crash. After Tassos and Bill are buried, Standish offers Towns his Bible and asks if he'd like to say a few words; Towns, near despair, says, "Like what?... 'Sorry'?" Later, as he is writing the crash report in his log book, he scribbles out his description of the sandstorm and simply writes "Pilot error" as the reason for the crash. The subsequent deaths of Cobb, Carlos, and Gabriele make his guilt steadily worse.
13th Dec '14 8:34:59 AM mlsmithca
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* StiffUpperLip: Harris is described by Lew to Towns as "excessively British", and his embodiment of this trope is part of the reason for this; among all of the survivors, he is the least likely to be seen either laughing, despairing, or raising his voice in anger. After the crash, he is the one who leads the way in sorting out the water rationing, Towns being too overwhelmed by SurvivorGuilt to do so himself. When made aware of the life-threatening dangers in his plans to reach Madara on foot and to contact the nomads, he remains determined to face them. He even shrugs off Watson's early acts of rebellion and deceit, and when the latter finally snaps and refuses to go along to contact the nomads, Harris seems more disappointed than angry.
10th Dec '14 10:31:04 PM mlsmithca
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** [[ViolentGlaswegian Ratbags Crow]] spends most of the film poking fun at the other characters in ways he alone seems to find amusing, starting by telling Standish as the latter disappears into the plane's toilet before the crash, "Not while the train's in the station!"

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** [[ViolentGlaswegian Ratbags Crow]] spends most of the film poking fun at the other characters in ways he alone seems to find amusing, starting by telling Standish as amusing. When he notices Dorfmann obsessing over his calculations, he jokes that it's a wonder the latter disappears Germans didn't win [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]]. Dorfmann, clearly uninterested in the subject, says he wasn't involved; Crow then jokes to the other passengers that Dorfmann's non-involvement must be the reason the Germans lost.[[note]] In reality, Hardy Krüger was conscripted into the plane's toilet before ''Wehrmacht'' in 1944, aged 16, and then into the crash, "Not while the train's in the station!"SS a year later.[[/note]]
10th Dec '14 10:23:06 PM mlsmithca
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In the ten minutes before the crash, we learn a lot about the characters through their seemingly innocuous interactions with each other.
** Frank Towns establishes himself as a jaded veteran pilot who feels more sorrow than excitement at the way flying is changing during a conversation with Lew in the cockpit; this sentiment is part of the cause of the friction between Towns and Dorfmann.
--->'''Captain Towns:''' A pilot is supposed to use his own judgement, don't you think? If it weren't for that... I don't know, Lew. I suppose pilots are just as good now as they ever were, but they sure don't live the way we did. Why, I could tell you that there were times when you took real pride... in just ''getting'' there. Flying used to be fun, it really did, Lew... it used to be fun.
** Lew's QuickNip from a bottle of liquor and Towns' disappointed look when he notices this are our first indication that the navigator has a drinking problem, and it is later revealed as at least partly responsible for the survivors' plight after the crash (Lew rushed the pre-flight checks because he was sleeping off a hangover and so didn't notice the dead radio until it was too late).
** Captain Harris telling Sgt. Watson that having his bag on the seat next to him looks untidy and that he should put it back with the cargo paints Harris as a by-the-book officer, while Watson's sullen demeanour as he obeys reveals him as sick of the army and [[TheResenter resentful of Harris as a representative of officers.]]
** Standish ducking nervously into the plane's toilet during the early moments of the sandstorm and Ratbags laughing "Hey, Standish! Not while the train's in the station!" show Standish as a nebbish out of his depth in the desert and Ratbags as a cross between a {{Jerkass}} and a DeadpanSnarker.
** Cobb reacting to Lew's declaration that the plane's radio is not working by telling him that record players are more reliable than radios anyway shows that his grip on reality has become somewhat tenuous; it isn't until after the crash that we learn he is being sent away on sick leave after a mental breakdown.
** As the sandstorm worsens, Dorfmann remarking to Cobb that he thinks Towns unwise for flying on to Benghazi instead of the alternate airport if the radio is not working and that he further thinks him too old to be flying without a co-pilot both reveal him as practical yet blunt, and foreshadow his conflict of egos with Towns after the crash.
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