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10th Feb '17 7:23:47 PM Psychadelico
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** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope That last bullet misses though.]] The [[AbnormalAmmo carrot-shaped trophy he sticks in his blunderbuss]] afterwards though? [[DoubleSubversion Guess.]] ]]
1st Feb '17 1:28:45 AM PaulA
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* In the novel ''Disney/TheRescuers'' by Margery Sharp, Bernard (a mouse) attempts to stop the human villain from climbing a ladder. Having failed with a sword and an axe, he throws the last weapon in his arsenal, a tiny dagger. The sharp sting of the knife causes the villain to lose his grip on the ladder and come crashing to the ground.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' plays with this, with the characters being GenreSavvy and arguing about how a "one in a million shot" always works. So they get rid of all their extra arrows, and set up an increasingly convoluted way to fire the arrow to make sure that the odds of success are exactly one in a million. [[note]] They missed. Luckily, the odds of their survival if that one shot didn't work were ''exactly'' a million to one.[[/note]]
** In Thief of Time, the newly incarnated Auditors are so unused to physical sensation that chocolate will kill them. After the heroes think they've run out of suitable sweets, Miss Susan notes that there is generally one left among the empty wrappers.[[note]] A sizable group of them kill one another trying to get it. It destroys the lone survivor. [[/note]]

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* In the novel ''Disney/TheRescuers'' ''Literature/TheRescuers'' by Margery Sharp, Bernard (a mouse) attempts to stop the human villain from climbing a ladder. Having failed with a sword and an axe, he throws the last weapon in his arsenal, a tiny dagger. The sharp sting of the knife causes the villain to lose his grip on the ladder and come crashing to the ground.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''
plays with this, with the characters being GenreSavvy and arguing about how a "one in a million shot" always works. So they get rid of all their extra arrows, and set up an increasingly convoluted way to fire the arrow to make sure that the odds of success are exactly one in a million. [[note]] They [[note]]They missed. Luckily, the odds of their survival if that one shot didn't work were ''exactly'' a million to one.[[/note]]
** In Thief of Time, ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the newly incarnated Auditors are so unused to physical sensation that chocolate will kill them. After the heroes think they've run out of suitable sweets, Miss Susan notes that there is generally one left among the empty wrappers.[[note]] A [[note]]A sizable group of them kill one another trying to get it. It destroys the lone survivor. [[/note]] [[/note]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1995}}'', where a character is told that she only has One Bullet Left. After she makes the impossible shot, she checks the rifle and finds that there are still more bullets--she was told there was one left to motivate her.
1st Feb '17 12:26:46 AM PaulA
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheLostWorld'', where a character is told that she only has One Bullet Left. After she makes the impossible shot, she checks the rifle and finds that there are still more bullets- she was told there was one left to motivate her.
14th Jan '17 1:37:30 PM StFan
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* ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''. Duke Togo teams up with another hitman to take down a CIA chemical warfare lab. As they're about to leave, the other hitman reports in and gets a contract to kill Duke Togo. He says he's been CountingBullets and knows they've both got one left and it becomes a test of endurance -- they're both even in skill, so who will make the first move?

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* ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''.''Manga/Golgo13''. Duke Togo teams up with another hitman to take down a CIA chemical warfare lab. As they're about to leave, the other hitman reports in and gets a contract to kill Duke Togo. He says he's been CountingBullets and knows they've both got one left and it becomes a test of endurance -- they're both even in skill, so who will make the first move?



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'': A running theme during the movie. When he first arrives in town, Rango lies about killing seven men with one bullet, and then manages to (accidentally) kill the hawk using just one bullet. Then, during the climax of the film, Rango confronts Rattlesnake Jake with only one bullet left in his gun. [[spoiler:After Rattlesnake Jake backs down, the mayor forces Rango to hand over his gun, but Rango stealthily removes the bullet. He ends up using it to free himself and Beans from the bank vault they've been locked in.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' would not be complete as the {{Troperiffic}} romp that it is without this. It's invoked in a rather cool manner, too:
-->'''Tintin:''' The bad news is, I've only got one bullet.\\
'''Capt. Haddock:''' What's the good news?!\\
'''Tintin:''' I've got one bullet. ''[shoots down plane]''
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' when Mulan fires the last rocket at Shen Yu, it goes over him. "He was three feet in front of you!". [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt She was in fact aiming for the mountain behind the Huns]] in an attempt at starting an avalanche. It works.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', where Victor the hunter has to kill the were-rabbit with a bullet made of pure gold ("[[JustForPun Twenty-Four Karat!]]") and only has three. He thinks he kills the were-rabbit with the first one, but it turns out that he shot a disguise instead. Once he realizes this, [[ShutUpGunshot he tries to calm down the crowd by firing his gun in the air...]]
--> '''Victor:''' Now I've only got two... ARGH! I've only got one bullet left.
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-->'''Sarge:''' How much do you have left?
-->'''Reaper:''' Half a clip. You?
-->'''Sarge:''' ''(Patting his BFG)'' I've got one more round.
** Once Sarge misses his only shot, Reaper misses most of his clip, and then [[HonorBeforeReason fires his last round into the ceiling]] before going hand-to-hand with him.

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-->'''Sarge:''' How much do you have left?
-->'''Reaper:'''
left?\\
'''Reaper:'''
Half a clip. You?
-->'''Sarge:''' ''(Patting
You?\\
'''Sarge:''' ''[patting
his BFG)'' BFG]'' I've got one more round.
** :: Once Sarge misses his only shot, Reaper misses most of his clip, and then [[HonorBeforeReason fires his last round into the ceiling]] before going hand-to-hand with him.



-->'''Farris''': How many bullets do you have left?
-->'''Ethan''': Enough. *shoots the last goon* Now I'm out.
* Clint Eastwood's ManWithNoName does this at the end of ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''. He has one bullet left in his six-shooter, while the bad guy has one bullet in a rifle. Clint might have been lucky, but considering how badass the MWNN is, he was probably just that good.
** The point was that both of them have one bullet, but they have to load their weapons of choice first. And Clint's six shooter is faster to load than the BigBad's rifle. [[RuleOfCool Or So I Heard.]]

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-->'''Farris''': -->'''Farris:''' How many bullets do you have left?
-->'''Ethan''':
left?\\
'''Ethan:'''
Enough. *shoots the last goon* Now I'm out.
* Clint Eastwood's ManWithNoName does this at the end of ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''. He has one bullet left in his six-shooter, while the bad guy has one bullet in a rifle. Clint might have been lucky, but considering how badass the MWNN is, he was probably just that good.
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good. The point was that both of them have one bullet, but they have to load their weapons of choice first. And Clint's six shooter is faster to load than the BigBad's rifle. [[RuleOfCool Or So I Heard.]]



* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' has this in probable {{homage}} to ''A Fistful of Dollars''. [[spoiler: Roy O'Bannon has one bullet left in his gun, and says as much to his [[DirtyCop corrupt sheriff]] nemesis. Out of a "sense of fair play", the bad guy mimes emptying his still fully-loaded revolvers, leading to a final shootout with Roy's one bullet vs. the bad guy's 12. Roy gets him right through the heart - and [[PocketProtector through his badge]].]]
-->'''Bad Guy''': "Now how the hell did that happen?" * collapses*
** By the way, [[spoiler:this is the only time in the movie Roy successfully shot ''anything''. When he tells Jackie Chan's character, he doesn't believe him at ''all''. Roy notes that the baddie's bullets all went through the robe he was wearing without leaving a scratch on him.]]

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* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' has this in probable {{homage}} to ''A Fistful of Dollars''. [[spoiler: Roy O'Bannon has one bullet left in his gun, and says as much to his [[DirtyCop corrupt sheriff]] nemesis. Out of a "sense of fair play", the bad guy mimes emptying his still fully-loaded revolvers, leading to a final shootout with Roy's one bullet vs. the bad guy's 12. Roy gets him right through the heart - -- and [[PocketProtector through his badge]].]]
-->'''Bad Guy''': "Now how the hell did that happen?" * collapses*
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]] By the way, [[spoiler:this is the only time in the movie Roy successfully shot ''anything''. When he tells Jackie Chan's character, he doesn't believe him at ''all''. Roy notes that the baddie's bullets all went through the robe he was wearing without leaving a scratch on him.]]]]
-->'''Bad Guy:''' Now how the hell did that happen? ''[collapses]''



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'': A running theme during the movie. When he first arrives in town, Rango lies about killing seven men with one bullet, and then manages to (accidentally) kill the hawk using just one bullet. Then, during the climax of the film, Rango confronts Rattlesnake Jake with only one bullet left in his gun. [[spoiler: After Rattlesnake Jake backs down, the mayor forces Rango to hand over his gun, but Rango stealthily removes the bullet. He ends up using it to free himself and Beans from the bank vault they've been locked in.]]
* Valentin Zukovsky in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' has precisely one bullet in his walking-cane gun, and has to decide between killing [[BigBadDuumvirate Electra]] and freeing Bond. [[spoiler:He chooses the latter]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'': A running theme during the movie. When he first arrives in town, Rango lies about killing seven men with one bullet, and then manages to (accidentally) kill the hawk using just one bullet. Then, during the climax of the film, Rango confronts Rattlesnake Jake with only one bullet left in his gun. [[spoiler: After Rattlesnake Jake backs down, the mayor forces Rango to hand over his gun, but Rango stealthily removes the bullet. He ends up using it to free himself and Beans from the bank vault they've been locked in.]]
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''Film/JamesBond'':
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Valentin Zukovsky in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' has precisely one bullet in his walking-cane gun, and has to decide between killing [[BigBadDuumvirate Electra]] and freeing Bond. [[spoiler:He chooses the latter]].



-->'''Bond:''' My six bullets against your one?
-->'''Scaramanga:''' [[BadassBoast I only need one.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' would not be complete as the {{Troperiffic}} romp that it is without this. It's invoked in a rather cool manner, too:
--> '''Tintin:''' ''The bad news is, I've only got one bullet.''
--> '''Capt. Haddock:''' ''What's the good news?!''
--> '''Tintin:''' ''I've got one bullet. *shoots down plane*''

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-->'''Bond:''' --->'''Bond:''' My six bullets against your one?
-->'''Scaramanga:'''
one?\\
'''Scaramanga:'''
[[BadassBoast I only need one.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' would not be complete as the {{Troperiffic}} romp that it is without this. It's invoked in a rather cool manner, too:
--> '''Tintin:''' ''The bad news is, I've only got one bullet.''
--> '''Capt. Haddock:''' ''What's the good news?!''
--> '''Tintin:''' ''I've got one bullet. *shoots down plane*''
]]



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* ''Adam12'': Late in the series' first season, Reed has the lesson of the importance of following direct orders to the letter brought home to him when, during a stakeout of a warehouse burglary, he is asked to not shoot unless absolutely necessary or when told. When the whole standoff ends and the robbers are captured ... Reed's gun has just one bullet left. (The argument being that, any time it takes however fast for the officers to reload would give the suspected robbers the opening they need to shoot and kill the officers.)
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', "Tabula Rasa," when many of the Losties think the marshal should be euthanized. Sawyer remarks on the appropriateness of there being one bullet left in the gun. Unfortunately, Sawyer shoots the marshal in the ''chest'', which doesn't kill him and makes his suffering worse.
** Also from ''Series/{{Lost}}'', when Sawyer, Michael and Jin are captured by the Tailies, Sawyer's gun had a single bullet left over from the shark incident. Turns out to be very important several episodes later [[spoiler:when Ana Lucia uses it up (accidentally) shooting and killing Shannon.]]

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* ''Adam12'': ''Series/Adam12'': Late in the series' first season, Reed has the lesson of the importance of following direct orders to the letter brought home to him when, during a stakeout of a warehouse burglary, he is asked to not shoot unless absolutely necessary or when told. When the whole standoff ends and the robbers are captured ... Reed's gun has just one bullet left. (The argument being that, any time it takes however fast for the officers to reload would give the suspected robbers the opening they need to shoot and kill the officers.)
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
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Subverted in ''Series/{{Lost}}'', "Tabula Rasa," Rasa", when many of the Losties think the marshal should be euthanized. Sawyer remarks on the appropriateness of there being one bullet left in the gun. Unfortunately, Sawyer shoots the marshal in the ''chest'', which doesn't kill him and makes his suffering worse.
** Also from ''Series/{{Lost}}'', when When Sawyer, Michael and Jin are captured by the Tailies, Sawyer's gun had a single bullet left over from the shark incident. Turns out to be very important several episodes later [[spoiler:when Ana Lucia uses it up (accidentally) shooting and killing Shannon.]]






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* ''LooneyTunes'' and ''MerrieMelodies'': A common gag in various shorts where the antagonist uses a gun to try to shoot his prey, the gun becomes jammed and, upon investigating, is shot point blank (ergo, the gun chamber is freed).
** Most famous example is the hunting triology classic "Rabbit Fire," where an irritated Elmer tries to shoot Daffy Duck, but the gun locks up. Elmer remarks there were "no more buwwets" left in the gun -- a point that Bugs picks up on calls Daffy out on -- and the overconfident duck grabs the gun to make sure. Sure enough, there was "one buwwet left!"

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* ''LooneyTunes'' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''MerrieMelodies'': ''WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies'': A common gag in various shorts where the antagonist uses a gun to try to shoot his prey, the gun becomes jammed and, upon investigating, is shot point blank (ergo, the gun chamber is freed).
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freed). Most famous example is the hunting triology classic "Rabbit Fire," Fire", where an irritated Elmer tries to shoot Daffy Duck, but the gun locks up. Elmer remarks there were "no more buwwets" left in the gun -- a point that Bugs picks up on calls Daffy out on -- and the overconfident duck grabs the gun to make sure. Sure enough, there was "one buwwet left!"



* ''MightyMax'': In The Maxnificent Seven, one of the four heroes who goes with Max, Virgil, and Norman to the center of the earth to destroy Skullmaster's Crystal of Souls is Native American warrior and master archer Yona-Ya-Yin. He winds up having only one arrow left, which he uses to save the lives of Max, Virgil, and Norman [[spoiler: by tying a rope to his last arrow, with Norman tying the other end to himself, and shooting a dragon that was flying towards where the escape portal was.]]

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* ''MightyMax'': ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'': In The "The Maxnificent Seven, Seven", one of the four heroes who goes with Max, Virgil, and Norman to the center of the earth to destroy Skullmaster's Crystal of Souls is Native American warrior and master archer Yona-Ya-Yin. He winds up having only one arrow left, which he uses to save the lives of Max, Virgil, and Norman [[spoiler: by tying a rope to his last arrow, with Norman tying the other end to himself, and shooting a dragon that was flying towards where the escape portal was.]]



* Played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode Marabounta. When Jeremie's multi-agent system tries to destroy Aelita and eat all of Lyoko, Jeremie creates a virus to destroy it and uploads it into one of Odd's lazer arrows. He then has one chance to shoot the original agent and destroy the whole system. It then [[MadeOfExplodium explodes]].
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' when Mulan fires the last rocket at Shen Yu, it goes over him. "He was three feet in front of you!". [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt She was in fact aiming for the mountain behind the Huns]] in an attempt at starting an avalanche. It works.

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* Played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode Marabounta. "Marabounta". When Jeremie's Jérémie's multi-agent system tries to destroy Aelita and eat all of Lyoko, Jeremie Jérémie creates a virus to destroy it and uploads it into one of Odd's lazer arrows. He then has one chance to shoot the original agent and destroy the whole system. It then [[MadeOfExplodium explodes]].
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' when Mulan fires the last rocket at Shen Yu, it goes over him. "He was three feet in front of you!". [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt She was in fact aiming for the mountain behind the Huns]] in an attempt at starting an avalanche. It works.
explodes]].



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', where Victor the hunter has to kill the were-rabbit with a bullet made of pure gold ("[[JustForPun Twenty-Four Karat!]]") and only has three. He thinks he kills the were-rabbit with the first one, but it turns out that he shot a disguise instead. Once he realizes this, [[ShutUpGunshot he tries to calm down the crowd by firing his gun in the air...]]
--> '''Victor''': "Now I've only got two...ARGH! I've only got one bullet left."
12th Jan '17 7:44:10 PM TheOtherR.A.B
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* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', there's an episode where Booth has a fight with a guy using a shotgun who has infantry military experience. Booth is using Brennan's gun because "it's too big for me," and we get this exchange: "How the hell does a guy with military training miss with a scattergun? What were you, Navy?" "Infantry! Which is how I know you're carrying the .50 caliber 500. That's 5 shots... and by my count, you only got 1 left!" A minute later, cue Booth killing him with the last shot.

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* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', there's an episode where "The Mummy in the Maze", Booth has a fight with a guy using a shotgun who has infantry military experience. Booth is using Brennan's gun because "it's too big for me," and we get this exchange: "How the hell does a guy with military training miss with a scattergun? What were you, Navy?" "Infantry! Which is how I know you're carrying the .50 caliber 500. That's 5 shots... and by my count, you only got 1 left!" A minute later, cue Booth killing him with the last shot.
29th Nov '16 7:21:06 AM Briguy52748
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** Most famous example is the hunting triology classic "Rabbit Fire," where an irritated Elmer tries to shoot Daffy, but the gun locks up. Elmer remarks there were "no more buwwets" left in the gun, and an overconfident Daffy grabs the gun to make sure. Sure enough, there was "one buwwet left!"

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** Most famous example is the hunting triology classic "Rabbit Fire," where an irritated Elmer tries to shoot Daffy, Daffy Duck, but the gun locks up. Elmer remarks there were "no more buwwets" left in the gun, gun -- a point that Bugs picks up on calls Daffy out on -- and an the overconfident Daffy duck grabs the gun to make sure. Sure enough, there was "one buwwet left!"
29th Nov '16 7:19:07 AM Briguy52748
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* ''LooneyTunes'' and ''MerrieMelodies'': A common gag in various shorts where the antagonist uses a gun to try to shoot his prey, the gun becomes jammed and, upon investigating, is shot point blank (ergo, the gun chamber is freed).
** Most famous example is the hunting triology classic "Rabbit Fire," where an irritated Elmer tries to shoot Daffy, but the gun locks up. Elmer remarks there were "no more buwwets" left in the gun, and an overconfident Daffy grabs the gun to make sure. Sure enough, there was "one buwwet left!"
25th Nov '16 12:03:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* Clint Eastwood's ManWithNoName does this at the end of ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''. He has one bullet left in his six-shooter, while the bad guy has one bullet in a rifle. Clint might have been lucky, but considering how {{Badass}} the MWNN is, he was probably just that good.

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* Clint Eastwood's ManWithNoName does this at the end of ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''. He has one bullet left in his six-shooter, while the bad guy has one bullet in a rifle. Clint might have been lucky, but considering how {{Badass}} badass the MWNN is, he was probably just that good.
6th Nov '16 6:11:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/FlightOfThePhoenix'', the protagonists have 5 cartridges to start the rebuilt plane's engine - the first three times it stalls, the fourth cartridge is expended to clean out the cylinders, and the last one, shockingly enough, works perfectly. (The [[Film/FlightOfThePhoenix1965 1965 version]] subverts this by having the engine start with the sixth cartridge of seven.)

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* In ''Film/FlightOfThePhoenix'', ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix2004'', the protagonists have 5 cartridges to start the rebuilt plane's engine - the first three times it stalls, the fourth cartridge is expended to clean out the cylinders, and the last one, shockingly enough, works perfectly. (The [[Film/FlightOfThePhoenix1965 1965 version]] subverts this by having the engine start with the sixth cartridge of seven.)
15th Oct '16 4:16:10 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix2004'', the protagonists have 5 cartridges to start the rebuilt plane's engine - the first three times it stalls, the fourth cartridge is expended to clean out the cylinders, and the last one, shockingly enough, works perfectly. (The [[Film/FlightOfThePhoenix1965 1965 version]] subverts this by having the engine start with the sixth cartridge of seven.)

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* In ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix2004'', ''Film/FlightOfThePhoenix'', the protagonists have 5 cartridges to start the rebuilt plane's engine - the first three times it stalls, the fourth cartridge is expended to clean out the cylinders, and the last one, shockingly enough, works perfectly. (The [[Film/FlightOfThePhoenix1965 1965 version]] subverts this by having the engine start with the sixth cartridge of seven.)
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