The Flight of the Phoenix
1965
****
Director: Robert Aldrich
Cast: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Hardy Krüger, Ian Bannen, Ernest Borgnine, Peter Finch, Dan Duryea

A cargo plane carrying a group of professionals gets caught in a sandstorm and crash-lands in the Sahara desert. A fight against time ensues as the men try to put aside their differences and device a survival plan. This long but captivating drama offers unexpected character dynamics and a memorably original conclusion. Based on Elleston Trevor’s novel. Remade in 2004.