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Flight of the Phoenix

Set in Outer Mongolia, Dennis Quaid plays pilot Frank Towns who, with his assistant A.J. (Tyrese Gibson), shuttles oil field workers to and from remote rigs. When their plane goes down in the Gobi desert, the crew and passengers know their only hope for rescue is to rebuild their aircraft. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 113
Theater Release: 16 Dec 2004
Video Release: 28 Feb 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How did arguing affect this group’s chances for survival? How did dishonesty and mistrust also hinder their ability to bond together? Could these same issues be preventing you or your family from reaching your full potential?

A man, who claimed not to be religious, suddenly shows he has belief in a spiritual omen. When questioned, he claims “Spirituality is not religion. Religion divides people.” How do you feel about that statement? How do movies usually portray organized religion and individual spirituality?

In this movie, nomads of the Gobi Desert are depicted as thieves and brutal killers. You may want to check the amazing docudrama The Story of the Weeping Camel to see real Gobi Desert nomads. Can you think of other movies that distort a particular group of people?

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