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(2004), PG-13 [R-13*]
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 18, 2004
47 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ...rife with foul language.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Optional Pictures
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): John Moore
Producer(s): William Aldrich, Alex Blum, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Ric Kidney
Screeplay: Lukas Heller (1965), Scott Frank, Edward Burns
Cinematography/Camera: Donal Caulfield, Brendan Galvin
Music: Marco Beltrami, Christopher Ward
Film Editing: Don Zimmerman
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Sarah Trevis, Mary Tricia Wood
Production Design: Patrick Lumb
Art Direction: Jennifer Blatt, Timothy M. Earls, Alan Hook, Andrew Menzies
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

It would be interesting to see the change in morality between this 2004 version of the original 1965 film starring James Stewart. I hope we can afford to prepare a comparative.

In this remake a woman is added an otherwise all-male cast. Miranda Otto joins the crew as Kelly Johnston, oil rig boss. But the writers remained comparatively noble in this era of teen cinema saturated with sexual immorality. The only sexually oriented behaviors in this remake were a couple innuendoes and an anatomical reference. [Eph. 5:4] While somewhat calm in sexual immorality, relatively speaking, this film was rife with foul language. Fifty-six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, one use of the most foul of the foul words plus more than a dozen uses of God's name in vain, once with the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] By the way, this R-13 film s rated PG-13 for "some language, action and violence." Some language indeed. [Col. 3:8]

Captain Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid), pilot of a rickety flying boxcar cargo airplane used to ferry oil rig workers and co-pilot AJ (Tyrese Gibson) ran into a Gobi desert sand storm that rivaled the storms Quaid faced in The Day After Tomorrow.

Towns first tried to fly over the storm, which could not be done because the plane was carrying too much weight as airplane designer Elliot (Giovanni Ribisi) warned Towns from the start. Then Towns tried to fly around it but the storm was too massive and fast.

After first losing their radio antenna, the propeller of the left board engine spun off its drive shaft and sliced into the fuselage just behind the cockpit. Soon the plane lost so much altitude it clipped a stone archway on the ground. This brought the plane down in the Gobi desert hundreds of miles off their course. More than 200 miles from the nearest collection of civilization, the passengers and crew had some serious decisions to make since they had water only for a few days and canned peaches. Even cell phones would not work.

Boss of the failed oil rig, Kelly Johnston remarked since Amacore, the parent company of the riggers, would not spend the funds to provide decent transportation for the ousted riggers that they were not likely to spend any money searching for the crew of a money-losing oil rig. All hopes are dashed by her thoughtful comment. But Towns refused to give us and continued to hope for a rescue.

Believing Johston, Elliot reasoned to the ragtag survivors that he could use what was left of the downed flying boxcar plane with double tail sections to build another airplane to fly them to civilization. Reluctantly and after much badgering by the passengers Towns agreed to proceed with trying to build a plane out of the parts left, believing that such busywork would keep everyone's minds busy and be good for morale. But soon into the project, it is discovered that Elliot, the brilliant airplane designer was chief designer for a model airplane company. [2Tim. 3:12-13]

Flight of the Phoenix is quite an adventure into the hearts and characters of people in a pending doom situation. I wrote a white paper for a commercial nuclear power company some years ago about the reactions of large masses of people to disasters requiring large-scale evacuations. After researching a number of reports on major weather-related disasters it was discovered that people, as a mass rather than as individuals, do not react with madness and mayhem as Hollywood often portrays them but instead join in camaraderie, support and self-sacrifice. There were limited lootings and other licentious behaviors to be sure, but they were almost background noise rather than a significant factor. The same was found after studying the written accounts of the more than 700 survivors of the Titanic tragedy. But we do seem to hear more about the mayhem than the martyrdom. I dare say that when it came down to nuts-n-bolts survival the hardy group of downed passengers in this film portrayed behaviors that paralleled the findings of both studies but as a small group rather than a large mass. We, as a people rather than as individuals, are actually sort of neat.

Of most significance regarding the immoral/amoral content of this film was the foul language, evaporating all of the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate. [2Cor. 8:7] Wanton Violence/Crime was next in severity in terms of point loss. Earning a score in Wanton Violence/Crime clearly equivalent to many R-rated films in the comparative baseline database, [Prov. 3:31-32] Flight of the Phoenix is sometimes graphically brutal. Drugs/Alcohol findings were limited to smoking. God's name was used in vain once with the four letter expletive and many times without it. In a capillary from the vein of camaraderie and togetherness, the coldness of the Hollywood heart was effectively portrayed as Elliot murdered a captive smuggler by shooting him in the head. [Rev. 21:8]


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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • 2Tim. 3:12-13 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • 2Cor. 8:7 But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving. [Paul was speaking to the Macedonian churches whose members, though were under extreme poverty, gave so much. Even though Paul was focusing on giving, he went to the effort to note the nobility of clean speech.]
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery, divination, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • flight storm peril
  • fall death - graphic
  • plane crash
  • bloody injuries
  • action violence
  • threat to kill to coerce
  • desert storm death - graphic
  • dead and rotting body
  • defensive killing - four
  • graphic injuries
  • firearm for offense
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 56 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • open urination
  • hatred and name-calling

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • anatomical reference
  • sexual innuendo, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • belittlement of faith
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 13 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • two murders, one exceptionally cold

  • Christian Long Distance



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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