View Full Version : "Flight of the Phoenix": just a movie?

Ignition Override
3rd Jan 2005, 04:04
We just saw the new version tonight, and my impression from watching the original is that it is mostly a true story. During the original production, a fine test pilot was killed, either Frank Tallman or Paul Mantz.

Does anyone know if the basic story happened?

3rd Jan 2005, 05:17
Ignition Override,

It was Paul Mantz who died during the making of 'Flight of the Phoenix'.

Spookily enough, this film was shown again on British television only the other day, over the New Year holiday and we were talking about the exploits of Frank Tallman & Paul Mantz, who together formed Tallmantz Aviation.

I don't know if the flim was based on fact, but there are many stories of 'bitza' aircraft being made during WW2. One of our best loved comics, the late Jimmy Edwards was a pilot and used to recount the story fo how he flew out of some remote Far Eastern area in a 'DC 2 1/2', which was a DC3 with one wing from a DC2...

The Odd One

3rd Jan 2005, 10:51
The movie was made after a fictional book by Elleston Trevor, aka Adam Hall (a spy novel writer).

Shaggy Sheep Driver
3rd Jan 2005, 13:03
I watched the original on UK TV the other day. I've seen it before at least once, but it's so good it deserved a re-watch.

How does the new film compare with the original?


John (Gary) Cooper
3rd Jan 2005, 18:23
This may refresh a few memories


Burnt Fishtrousers
7th Jan 2005, 16:57
New version , what new version .....Is there a re make then?

12th Jan 2005, 10:45
Yup, starring Dennis Quaid. Even Hugh Laurie is in it.

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