The Flight of the Phoenix 03/19/22

The Criterion Collection

Now up for grabs in Region A, it’s the Robert Aldrich movie that wins over all that see it. The epitome of Men In Peril adventures, the tale of 14 random oil men marooned in the Sahara is brutal yet optimistic about human cooperation — please, the world needs more of that right now. James Stewart is at his best, stretching his hard-bitten loner persona and tapping into his flying experience. Also with an English-language-best performance from Hardy Kr├╝ger. The male group dynamics are absorbing and the suspense powerful — especially when seen cold. No spoilers here! On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.