The Flight of the Phoenix
is a 2004 The Film of the Book
about the crew and passengers of a downed plane in the Sahara desert who, once realizing that rescue is not coming, attempt to build a smaller airplane
out of the remaining parts of their aircraft.
The movie was not as well received as the first adaptation from 1965
Tropes in this remake include:
- A-Team Montage: More so than the original.
- Artistic License - Physics: When the propeller comes off the engine before the crash, it flies forward as if under its own power, while staying level with the plane.
- California Doubling: Averted in comparison to the original (it wasn't California), but filmed in Nigeria rather than the actual setting of Mongolia.
- Chekhov's Gun: Liddle's watch, the catalog from Elliot's employer, the plane wreck and its contents.
- Fatal Family Photo: subverted; both men who show pictures of their loved ones survive.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Tuck Pendleton, Sergeant Epps, Eowyn, Dr. House, Joker, Blade, and Sam Winchester are stuck in the desert...
- Jerkass: Elliot. He takes potshots at Frank at every turn, lords his plane-design expertise over the rest of the group ("Everyone here is dispensable but me!") , takes water without considering the others, kills the raider without a second thought, and regards Alex's death simply as a loss of manpower. He's bad enough that you nearly condone Ian's attempt to shoot him. He gets better, though.
- "Join the Army," They Said: A variation.
Alex: "Come to the Gobi," they said. "Great prospects," they said. "Sun, sand, oil."
Sammi: Well, two out of three ain't bad.
- Meaningful Name: The Phoenix. "Consumed itself in fire, rose renewed from the ashes." It's also the namesake for Frank and A.J.'s new commercial flight service, "Phoenix Aviation."
- The Remake
- Riding into the Sunset: The group flies off into the sunset, and the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue begins. You never see them land. (They do land in the 1965 film.)
- Setting Update: To 2004. Note OutKast's Hey Ya! playing on the CD player, and Ian's cellphone. Outside of that, few references to time periods are mentioned.
- Also the location has been moved from the Sahara Desert in Libya to the Gobi desert in China/Mongolia.
- Shirtless Scene: You have a good long look at Dennis Quaid's abs right after they finish pulling the plane.
- Shot for Shot Remake: It's not exact, but it's pretty close. The new version does not add or subtract much.
- The Smurfette Principle: The remake added a girl, but deserves some credit for averting a Token Romance.
- Toilet Humor: Ian walking away with a shovel and turning the sign from "vacant" to "occupied"
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: A photo montage shown at the end.