The Flight of the Phoenix 1965 James Stewart Full Movie HD

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Mr Moran, we going to be on time in Benghazi? I don’t see why not, Gabriele I’ll ask Captain Towns to make a special point of it ‘1350. Radio out of service ‘Voltage regulators inoperative ‘Holding course for Benghazi.’ Thanks, Mike I’ll let you have them back – How’s it going up there? – Lousy Never yet taken off in one of Arabco’s old tubs without something being wrong This time we’ve got faulty regulators and a duff radio Yeah, well, don’t let that hold you up, mate I’ve got two months’ leave coming in It’s not the company’s time we’re flying on Radios are no good anyway I got a radio Record players are nice, though Reliable Thank you, Doctor – Cigarette? – No, thank you It’s good of you oil people to give the Army a lift Not at all That’s not much good, is it, Sergeant? Stow it away with the cargo Oh, I meant to tell you, the number four control pulley on the starboard side seems a bit noisy Perhaps binding a bit I don’t know, I couldn’t see properly I don’t feel it up here I’d better have a look Hand me the flashlight – Are you ready for another flying lesson? – Haven’t recovered from the last one yet Oh, now, I got her all trimmed up for you Just hold her straight Straight and level, two-zero degrees Here, I’ll take that Straight. Now, don’t over-control it Don’t sway it Thank you very much I say, don’t leave me holding this thing forever, will you? Hi, skipper How are you? Hey, Mr Bill. Here, try this It’s real good for you One drink, the girl comes out of the picture and bites you Hey, skipper, you want some ouzo? – Make you fly real good – No thanks, son. I’m driving I reckon I deserve this. Listening to that wog music has given me a headache The pulley’s all right Squeaking a little, that’s all – How are you getting along with your work? – Magnificently But I think someone up there knows that I’m flying this thing That’s quite a respectable sandstorm he’s sending our way Yep, I’ve seen it So much for your weather report Let’s have a look at that chart – If this thing closes in on us – This old bird will need a coat of paint – What alternate did you nominate? – El Aouzzad Three stinking mud huts and a poison well That’s not a place, that’s a disease Oh, now, Lew, don’t worry We’re not about to start turning to alternates just yet

We’re bigger than a little local sandstorm Old Auntie at traffic management’s gonna have kittens A pilot is supposed to use his own judgement, don’t you think? Gee, if it weren’t for that I don’t know, Lew I suppose pilots are just as good now as they ever were, but they sure don’t live the way we did Well, I can tell you that there were times when you took real pride in just getting there Flying used to be fun It really did, Lew It used to be fun – You don’t think perhaps we should…? – Head for the alternate? You’d better take a look out the window We’re being followed There goes our alternate That stuff up ahead looks like it’s rising We’d better find out just how high it does go I must say, without a radio, I would have expected them to turn for the alternate airport by now Wouldn’t you? I don’t know you, do I, boy? Are you from the oil field? My brother is there. Dorfmann I went to visit him on my holiday – You went to visit your brother in Jebel? – Yes He’s chief analytical geophysicist for the Arabco Oil Company That pilot I would have thought he was a little elderly to be flying without a co-pilot Wouldn’t you? That sand’s a bastard, you know that? A real bastard Hey, Standish Not while the train’s in the station, eh? It’s not gonna let up, Frank There she goes Are we gonna put her down? That right engine didn’t make it, the other one probably won’t either We’re gonna have to put her down before this one quits, too Can you get any lift out of her at all? Well, maybe enough to hop over a few sand dunes I’m gonna have to make it on the first try, if that’s what you mean We going in with our wheels down? I’d give anything not to, but we’ll never get up again if I don’t No, I suppose not What’s happening? What is it? – The lights are shorting out – It’s gonna start a fire The cargo!

It’s breaking apart! Oh, no! Lew? Lew? Come on, come on. Get a flashlight Let me out of here Come on, run. Run! It’s gonna blow! Get away from the plane! Maria Maria Harris, keep those guys together She won’t burn now Get them back there under the wing before we lose somebody Lew, see if you can get the emergency lighting system There are three trapped in the back Three trapped in the back! Dr Renaud! Dr Renaud! Dr Renaud! Come on. Come on! – Careful – All together now. Easy Here it comes The leg is entirely crushed – See if you can find my bag – What about the other two back here? – They’ve had it – They’ve what? Frank Skipper! What are we gonna do now? Do you want to say something?

Like what? “Sorry”? There. Make it secure, will you? Captain, don’t you think it’s time we started getting things organised all round? Yes, I think you’re right I’ll get Sergeant Watson to make up some containers for flares – We’ll need some of your fuel – Leave that to Moran Maybe you’d better check on our water supply and figure up some kind of rationing How much longer do you estimate we’ll have to be here? I mean, I take it there will be an air search before long Um Yes, well, we’re not due in Benghazi till… well, now He’s a right little organiser, your captain, isn’t he? Yeah, they’re all the same Toffee-nosed bunch of gits You shouldn’t have joined, should you? I never did I was what they call a boy soldier Me dad joined me – Did he? – Attendant at the public baths, he was November 21st, 1934 Me mum made me a sponge cake for me birthday tea Next morning the old man walked me down our street straight into the barracks “You’ll be all right,” he said “You’ll like it. I know you will.” 1934, eh? You didn’t have to join for bleeding life, did you? I don’t know One thing leads to another, doesn’t it? Hey, Fritz! Give us the loan of your book when you’re finished, will you? I don’t think you’ll find it interesting Oh, incidentally My name is Dorfmann, Heinrich Dorfmann Go on. Is it really? Yes Hey, Sergeant, his name’s Dorfmann Heinrich Dorfmann – What’s the matter, Doc? – Nothing, Mr Cobb. Nothing – How are you feeling today? – All right What do you care? Anyway, why ask me? You got it all written down in that little black book, haven’t you? No, no. I have nothing written down, Mr Cobb. Nothing Yeah? – Then why don’t you show it to me, huh? – Any time you wish Right now, though, I have to have a look at Gabriele What a crummy quack They’re all alike, huh? Huh? ‘1600 hours. March 17th.’ What What about my wife, Doctor? No, don’t think about it now She’ll be all right. She’ll be fine Do you have any kind of liquor on board? Well, there’s still some morphine left Wouldn’t that be better? Erm I would like to save it for when the pain gets worse Doctor ‘Cause of crash: pilot error.’ Is it all right if we issue the water ration now, Mr Towns? Sure, go ahead – Work something out? – Yes, I think so Could I have your attention, please? We have something important to say concerning our water supply Now, there is just under a full measure for each of us here And Dr Renaud informs me that we shall require, as an absolute minimum, one pint of water per person per day Is that right, Doctor? Yes, that’s right Now, on the basis of the 15 gallons in the emergency tank, that gives us roughly 10 to 11 days

That is, of course, if we just sit here and don’t exert ourselves in any way Hey, Lightning, do you hear that? You’re not to wear yourself out As we are somewhat off our original course, and unless we are certain of being picked up, I think we ought to make do with the absolute minimum – Is that understood? – Hear, hear Hear, hear. Hear, hear – Yeah – All right, Mr Towns? Sounds reasonable If we have enough water for all that time, couldn’t we set aside just a little bit for washing? – Washing? – What a dumb thing Hey, Captain What are we supposed to do for grub? I reckon we ought to eat the monkey, don’t you? As far as food is concerned, we seem to be singularly fortunate There happens to be an almost unlimited supply of pressed dates on board – Pressed dates? – All they’re good for is regularity Yes, I quite agree They were being sent back from Jebel because nobody would eat them Yes, I think that’s about all That’s about all? That’s enough, isn’t it? Thank you Excuse me, Mr Towns, but shouldn’t some kind of rescue plane have seen us by now? Now, don’t worry Someone will be along even before you have time to think about lunch Our accounts people will be waiting for my report on the Jebel operation before they can get started on the annual figures How big a hole will a busted-up sky truck make in your annual figures, Mr Standish? Well, there will be insurance, but insurance companies move in mysterious ways Like God, of course, but not half as generous – It’s bound to be a setback – I imagine it will be Anyway, you don’t have to worry They’ll be here Oh, thank you It will work very well The captain says our chances are good – A bit optimistic, aren’t you? – I don’t think so Well, being 130 miles off-course isn’t exactly going to help It’s not gonna stop them either Music while you work, eh? It’s mine. I bought it Did it ever occur to you we could use this thing to find out what’s happening? Nobody told He did say something about it, Frank It’s my fault. I should have It’s mine What’s the matter with this thing? Look at Heinrich, will you? Hey, shut that damn thing off! What are you trying to prove? I’m trying to remain reasonably clean You think this is some kind of a picnic? That’s just a local station relaying a political broadcast I don’t think you’ll find any station we want until nightfall Doctor, what was that chap talking about, anyway? Water conservation and a five-year plan for irrigation A fat lot of use that is What this country needs is a few more pubs Fold it up. Get this stuff furled Tie it on so it won’t blow away Get that line Give a hand. Pull, man – This darn wind’s too much – Hold it, hold it Don’t let it get away Close it up! Come on! Close it up! OK, now, get aboard Push. Push Get in there, lock it up! Here it comes!

Get inside. Come on! Let’s get the door closed How are you feeling? Better have some more of this Come on. Up you come I think you like this better than I do That’s all right As a matter of fact, I’ve given it up How’s he doing? Oh, he’s fine. We’ll have him back with his wife in no time But maybe too late No, no, you can’t tell. Perhaps she’ll be better by the time you get there No, she would never send a cable My wife is a very modest person She’d send a cable only if it were something bad Now, don’t you worry We’ll get you out of here He’s right, Gabriele Do that The sandstorm will make it more difficult, won’t it? What, finding us? No, simplify things no end, old chap They’ll just bloody well give up You’re not frightened, are you? You don’t want to be despondent, old man, you know? Wait till the water runs out, then you can really start laughing They wouldn’t really just give up looking, would they? Never Don’t you worry, me old duck, they’ll find us Trouble is, we’ll all be dead ♪ No end at all, no sad goodbyes ♪ No fears, no tears ♪ No love that dies ♪ It’s senza fine ♪ Let it always be senza fine ♪ Never-ending, the sunlit days the moonlit nights ♪ The sea, the sand, the starry heights ♪ Are yours and mine ♪ Forever ♪ Non m’importa della luna ♪ Non m’importa… ♪ Give that to the boy for a little while To the boy ♪ Tu per me sei luna e stelle ♪ Tu per me sei sole e cielo ♪ Tu per me sei tutto quanto… ♪ Grazie. Thank you ♪ Tutto quanto ♪ Voglio avere ♪ Senza fine, tu sei un attimo ♪ Senza fine ♪ Non hai ieri, non hai domani ♪ Tutto è ormai nelle tue mani ♪ Mani grandi ♪ Mani senza fine ♪ ‘I told our friend Standish we wouldn’t even have time to think about lunch ‘That was three days ago ‘This is our fifth day ‘Most of them still believe it’s only a matter of time before we’re picked up ‘I wish I could be sure of that.’ This heat is intolerable You should come here in the summer It’s lovely Hey, Sarge, look at this! Hey, Abdul!

They went that way Abdul! Your mates went flashing through here on a herd of camels about an hour ago Can they see us? – There it is – Where? Yeah, I see it. Up there! Hey! Down here! Down here! Hey! Down here! – Come on! – Come back! Hey! Get down here! – Here we are! – Down here! – Come on! – Hey! Hey! – Hey! – Come on! – Come on down here! – Come down! – Come on! – Come back here! It’s pretty high Probably about 30,000 More like 35 Couldn’t be the airlines, not in this area I don’t think they could see us even if they were looking for us – Hey! – Come on! No, I suppose not – Hey! – All right, come on now, forget it – You’re wasting time, they didn’t see us – Bloody pilots All them flares do is make a lousy stink Might as well quit using them Then there’ll be nothing Nobody could find us That’s right, Standish. Nobody will It’s time we tried to march out of here Oh? You’ve heard the others You know what they’re thinking? It’s five days, we’ve had two sandstorms We’re not sure they’re even looking for us anymore They’re looking Nevertheless, if we’re 100 miles off-course Which way were you thinking of marching, Captain? What is our nearest water point? You said you could show me on your charts Well, yes, I can do that Tell me, though, how many were you thinking of taking with you? Apart from Sergeant Watson, I don’t know yet Well, perhaps now’s the time to find out Yes, perhaps it is He can’t walk out of here No, of course he can’t, but I suppose he’s entitled to try – He’s not entitled to kill himself – Oh, don’t worry, Frank I don’t think he’s anything like aware of the problems involved I’ll get the maps Gentlemen, I made a decision and I’d like you all to hear about it Now, I intend marching out of here The plan is to travel at night when it’s cool and then rest as best we can during the day We leave at sundown this evening Sergeant Watson, would you come here, please? I’ll take Sergeant Watson and anybody else who wants to come with me If there’s any volunteers, give me your names and we’ll start making the necessary preparations Captain Harris? You wanted to know our position If you’d like to come over here, I’ll show you Now, gentlemen, we’re in the middle of this circle which runs through the three nearest water points That’s Marada in the north, Tazerbo in the east and Namous in the south Er, Marada is 106 Say, London to Birmingham Except that Marada’s not a city, it’s just a flea-bitten waterhole with some borax quarries, an oil well and a few lousy palm trees Well, that’s our objective then, Marada Say, Captain You done much marching in desert terrain? – On exercises and that sort of thing – How far? Ten or 15 miles Full equipment, of course – Plenty of water, I suppose? – Sufficient Look, I don’t know what your practical navigation’s like, mine’s not bad But I wouldn’t march 10 paces from here In the daytime, it’s hitting 120 in the shade And out there, there is no shade If you could take as much as four pints a day with you,

you’d still be sweating 10 We intend marching by night Fine, well, precisely in what direction? – There are compasses, you know – That’s fine That’s just fine Someday I’ll have you tell me just what your compass was reading as you passed the Jebel Haroudj Mountains They’re mostly magnetic rock and that sort of makes nonsense out of the compass to start out with One can navigate by the stars But if you marched 106 miles by the stars and your calculations were just one percent out, you could pass the Eiffel Tower in daylight and never even see it Look where Marada is There’s absolutely n-n-noth – Nothing – Nothing. Nothing. Nothing If you miss this glorious little bunch of trees, there’s n-nothing between you and the coast, and that’s 500 miles Well, nobody’s suggesting that it was easy, Mr Moran Tell me this, Captain, are you right-handed? – Yes, as a matter of fact. Why? – Well, that means that your right leg is more developed than the other one and takes a longer step So, if you have an unreliable compass, it means that you just go around in a left-handed circle like that and there’s nothing you can do about it Nothing! You’re right, Mr Towns, but you’re talking about right-handed civilians You must know that in an officer’s training corps, we military men are taught to march with absolute precision I might even send Sergeant Watson here on ahead As it happens, he’s left-handed Now, if you’ll excuse me Come along, Sergeant There’s nothing you can do, Frank He goes by the book – And you can’t re-write it for him – No Gentlemen – I’ve been examining this aeroplane – You have? Yes We have everything here that we need to build a new one and fly it out Now, if you would like to have a look at my calculations – I don’t know if you can read my handwriting – Are you trying to be funny? – What did you say? – I said, are you trying to be funny? That is precisely the reaction I would have expected from a man of your obvious limitations What’s happening to everybody? Here. Here, you can have this And here you are, Ratbags I won’t be needing this anymore I won’t be needing this either Hey, you don’t have a coat, do you? Here, take mine I won’t be needing it anymore I don’t think I should Why, what’s wrong with it? That’s a good coat Cost me 50 bucks in Marseilles It’d cost more than 100 in the States – If you really want me to – Oh, sure I gave the radio to the boy I won’t be needing it anymore I’m going with Captain Harris Hey, I got something for you fellas, too I got a lot of work shirts I picked up cheap in Genoa They’re good work shirts I only washed them once or twice Harris Don’t you know better than to tell Cobb he could go with you? How far do you think…? The man’s crazy He wouldn’t last a day out there Cobb? I haven’t even spoken to him He seems to think he’s going with you Does he? Well, I’ll have to disillusion him No, no, wait a minute, wait a minute Just let it alone for a while Incidentally, I appreciate your concern about me going, but I want you to know I’m doing it all off my own bat It may be a gamble, but it can only increase your chances of being picked up Come on, Sergeant – What’s happened, Sergeant? – Must have twisted it, sir Let’s get him over here Just tripped in the doorway, sir

Must have caught it on something It seems there is nothing broken Perhaps you just sprained it Sorry we have no ice Looks as if you’re for the sick parade, Sergeant Just my luck, eh, sir? I suppose I’d only be a burden to you Well, it can’t be helped now Perhaps, if I… if I could rest it tonight, I’d be all right tomorrow I’m afraid we haven’t time Don’t you worry about it, Sergeant Yes, sir What do you mean, “don’t worry”? You don’t think for a minute you’re going out there on your own? Oh, no. No, he’s not He’s not gonna go alone I’m going with him – Isn’t that right, Captain? – I’m afraid not, old chap But I just told you I just told you I was going You’re in no condition to come with me Sorry, but I think it’s better that you stay here Why, I told you I was going! I told you! I told you! – Take it easy, Cobb. Come on – I told you! – Let me go! – Easy, Cobb – Let me go! – Easy, Cobb, easy. Easy We don’t want to hurt you I told you! We’ll all end up like him, I’m betting Leave him now, Captain I’ll talk to him later Here Thank you – That an oil journal you’re reading? – No You’re not in this line, then? Line? Well, yes. I mean drilling. Oil No, I’m a designer Oh, really? What, furniture, that sort of thing? No, Mr Moran, aeroplanes I’m an aircraft designer Are you? Then you really meant what you said about getting this thing out of here Did you think I was joking, perhaps? No, Mr Dorfmann That I didn’t think You always have to spoil things for me, don’t you? What did you have to tell the captain I couldn’t go along for, huh? – I didn’t tell the captain anything – Yeah Well, you’re the one had me fired in Jebel, though, wasn’t it? Chief rigger, in charge of seven guys You think I couldn’t handle a crummy job like that? All I had to do was hold onto this lousy job for another six months I could have gone back to the States as a chief But, no. Oh, no You had to spoil it for me – Well, you still could go back – Yeah To what? They ain’t gonna let no headcase run a drilling operation Nobody’s describing you as a headcase, Mr Cobb That’s what I came to tell you Now, you really must try to understand that fatigue mentale, I mean, mental exhaustion can happen to anyone But it doesn’t last Well, I don’t understand all those fancy words I don’t think those guys that do the hiring do either Well, possibly not, but it will pass It will pass, I assure you

I tell you now, mate, we’re better off right here than traipsing off on that bloody desert Do you think you can look after Chucho for a few days? I’m gonna go along with Captain Harris – Well, well, yeah. But – What’s the matter with you? I thought you were saving him for some snotty-nosed Mexican kid Sure, but don’t be jealous, Ratbags Maybe one day I find a present for you, too What’s this “jaloose”? Can’t you learn to speak English? Hey, why would you want to go walking off into that? – Didn’t you see enough of that in Jebel? – Who knows, Mike? Maybe after a few days walking we’ll be better off than you are It’s all right, Chucho It’s all right, Chucho – I will be back. It’s all right, Chucho – Easy, easy, easy Adiós, Chucho You must be bloody daft, mate Anyway, maybe Capitan Harris can teach me to speak real good English like you, my little Ratbags Stupid sod Thank you, mate – Good, you all set? – Yes, sir Welcome aboard I’m not as confident that we won’t make it as you seem to be, but I’d be grateful if you’d send up some smoke at midday for the next three days – Might help us to help keep our bearings – Three days? Yes, we won’t need it after that Ah Well, Captain, we all wish you every Well, you know how all of us feel, so Yes, well, come along It’ll be getting dark soon We might get lost Hey, Babozo, slow down Remember you got flat feet Adiós, little Ratbags He’s gone! He’s gone! He’s gone Cobb’s gone I don’t understand Can they see him from up there or can’t they? Of course not, he’s just looking at the view Haven’t you been up there? It’s lovely There’s a big lake on the other side They got speedboats, everything Frank, he’s got six hours’ start on you How far do you think he could get without water? He didn’t even stop to take a canteen And it’s my fault I should have watched him Even if you find him, what can you do? What can we do? You’ll be just as badly off as Harris would be I’m gonna bring him back, Lew You will see we have all we need:

Welding torches, steel cable, all the tools we would need For example, this here, it all looks quite adequate Why were they being returned? Well, you know what engineers are like They just love shiny new tools, especially if someone else is paying for them The prototype I have in mind would have to fly at the first attempt To achieve that, Mr Moran, requires a pilot of quite outstanding capabilities Granted, this may not be the best possible advertisement, but Frank Towns is probably one of the few really great pilots left in this push-button world of yours – Oh, really? – Yes, oh, really! He was flying by the seat of his pants in planes that were n-nothing more than bits and pieces before you went to school That is precisely what is wrong He’s remembered everything and learned nothing However, since Since he apparently finds it necessary to run off into the desert in pursuit of a lunatic who could be of no practical value to this project, the question is entirely academic Don’t you think so, Mr Moran? I agree Entirely academic Get away! Get out of here! Get out of here! Get out! Get out! – What is it? What’s the matter? – It’s three minutes after 12 Don’t you want to start the signals for Captain Harris? And your Captain Towns? Get out if it, you stinker! It’s Frank! – Hey, skipper! – Someone get some water I’ll get it Frank! What happened to Cobb? You all right? We’re stuck here, Lew You know that, don’t you? Frank, I talked to Dorfmann again I… I

I realise that he That he, you know, irritates you But I do think he knows more than we give him credit for Well, what’s he dreamed up now? Well, maybe he hasn’t a leg to stand on, I don’t know, but you’re the only person who’s even remotely qualified to tell him so and all I’m asking you to do is to is to talk to him Well, just talk to him All right, I’ll talk to him, Lew If it makes you happy, I’ll talk to him There’s no component problem The port boom is undamaged and so are all the portside components If we remove the starboard wing and attach it to the port boom and perform a similar operation on the tail plane, you’ll see that we’ll have the basis of an entirely new and aerodynamically sound structure – Is that understood? – Oh, absolutely We need only to clear the port engine of the sand that choked it in flight The Coffman starter is serviceable and we should have no difficulty starting up the engine If we don’t waste too much fuel on signals to Captain Harris who’s unlikely to be in any condition to benefit from them, we shall have enough of that as well Most of the hydraulic fluid has leaked away, but I’ve worked out direct rod and cable controls, so that is no problem All right, now, what are you going to use for an undercarriage? Our last landing rendered the undercarriage unserviceable However, there is enough H-section in the cargo monorail and hull longerons to make up the skid cradle for take-off – Skid cradle? – Well, er Skis, Mr Moran. Skis In order to take off, we shall have to move the final structure to the valley beyond that far dune The surface there should be adequate Now, as to whether it will fly, as far as the general design factors are concerned, there are no special problems The centre of gravity will allow us to distribute the payload, that means ourselves, on both wings Now, wait a minute Are you suggesting we string people on top of that wing like sacks of potatoes? They’ll be behind fairings, of course Never mind about the fairings! We got an injured man in there The doctor says he can’t even be moved You’re suggesting we tack him onto this thing and bounce him around like a wrangler in a rodeo? That is not what I had in mind, Mr Towns With the material and personnel available, this project would require at least 12 days How long did you say Mr Scarnati might be expected to live? Six days? Perhaps less See, the problem does not even arise Mr Scarnati will remain here Why, you really are a miserable Even with the men on them, the wing loading is going to be half that of the sky truck, because we shall leave the hull, starboard boom, undercarriage, chanson and so on on the ground Now, any more questions? Yeah! Yeah, I have a few Now, let’s see if I’ve got this straight You’re just gonna unzip that starboard wing and lift it up all the way over from the other side and tag it onto this port boom Is that correct? Well, yes. The tapers will be of course the wrong way, but The tapers? Forget about the tapers! You know what that wing weighs? I would estimate it at something just over a ton That’s just about right Now, there are eight of us Do you think you can lift 250 pounds, Mr Dorfmann? We use wedges and levers, Mr Towns There is also a winch and we can construct an A-frame All right, we’ll have levers and wedges and we’ll throw in a winch Look, this bunch is living on pressed dates with a sip of water every once in a while In a couple days from now, nobody’s gonna have the strength to do anything around here That is a very good point The heavy work will need to be done first The wing will have to be moved tonight – Tonight? – Yes I’ve worked out a simple winding gear for use with the starboard generator which will keep the batteries charged and provide adequate lighting I see no other immediate problems Unless you have some more questions, I still have some calculations to make I thought it was all cut and dried You mean you have a few little things you haven’t figured out yet, huh? Well, naturally I discontinued my work when you decided to embark on your romantic search for Mr Cobb We do need a pilot on this project, Mr Towns, and frankly, I considered your chances of survival quite remote However, now that you are with us again, I can complete my calculations I see no insoluble problems Well, I’ll give you one You say building this thing of yours will take 12 days. Well, that’s just fine

If we’re real lucky, we just have enough water to last another 10 We have several gallons of antifreeze We can distil enough to provide for another four or five days But certainly I agree water will be a critical factor So, maybe we’ll be dead before you finish this thing of yours and maybe we won’t, but that’s what you’d call a critical factor Now, let me tell you something that makes nonsense out of this whole thing – Please do – And I’m not gonna give you the old veteran flyer routine, Mr Dorfmann But I just want you to know that I’ve been flying for quite some time now and it hasn’t always been for crummy outfits like this one I’m sure you’ve had a very colourful career, Mr Towns, but that’s not quite the point All right, you know a whole lot more than I do about aerodynamics and drag coefficients and stress factors OK, OK. Your theory’s fine But you get this, mister: That engine’s rated at 2,000 horsepower and if I was ever fool enough to let it get started, it’d shake your patched-up pile of junk into 1,000 pieces and cut us up into mincemeat with the propeller I told you there’d be no difficulty building this aeroplane I also told you it would require an outstanding pilot to fly it The only thing outstanding about you, Mr Towns, is your stupidity! – What did he expect? – Shh – Easy, easy – What did you…? You want me to throw a conniption fit with those drawings of his? Say he’s a genius or something? What good would that do when I know the damn thing could never fly? Excuse me, Captain, but perhaps Perhaps there is one other thing The way it is now, some of these men may not last as long as the water But they need to believe that there is hope for them I don’t know, Mr Towns, but maybe to build a thing like this could be a lot of help So, we prove it can’t fly and get killed in the process, is that it? What’re you giving us, Doc? This is hard work These men can’t stand hard work Watching each other die could be even harder I’ve lost five men, Lew Gabriele in there, he’s on the way That’ll be six Are you…? Are you asking me to kill the rest of them trying to get a death-trap off the ground? I don’t know I don’t know, Lew. It won’t work It just can’t work All right, maybe it can’t Maybe it can’t and we’ll all be killed But if there’s just one chance in a thousand that he has got something, boy, I’d rather take it than just sit around here waiting to die You there, Mr Crow We’ll need those panels again You must be more careful All right, Heinrich, I’ll watch it Oh, he’s a lovely little fella, a little ray of sunshine A slow, steady turn is quite sufficient You’ll be relieved in about half an hour Don’t let that needle drop below eighty That one there – Eighty, huh? – That’s right Now, we pull on three One, two, three Shift, you wee mother Hey, Bellamy! You big horse! Come on up here and give me a hand, will you? Hang on, little Ratbags. I’m coming My hand’s tough enough

You want me to leave this in place, Frank? Ask Mr Dorfmann Leave both of the bolts in place until the trestle is ready to take the weight As soon as you have finished that Mr Moran! Once you have finished that, would you please come to the tail end I’ll mark out the assembly for you Hey. Hey Hey, what are you building, sandcastles? Hashish, huh? Hubbly-bubbly Hubbly-bubbly What’s it for? Come on. Eh? I’m constructing a still The sand will prevent the tube from fracturing when I bend it That’s very cunning Sometimes I wonder how you chaps never won the war – War? – You know I wasn’t involved That’s it, then That’s why they never won They didn’t have old Heinrich Oh, no, no, no, no! No, no! We won’t need that second winch now Go around and get that cable over the apron We’ve got enough rope? Go on then! Don’t keep Uncle Heinrich waiting Double up. Double, double, double Mr Watson? Don’t forget, save those bolts Very good We need a spanner Erm Have you got a 3/8 spanner, darling? Thank you, dear Give us a big, wet kiss, will you? Look, knock it off, mate All right, everything’s set Easy now There, that’s it Come on. Come on, that’s it Watch your step Are we ready, Mr Towns?

– Yeah, I guess so – All right Let’s commence. Now! Keep the pressure up That’s it Come on, come on Come on, now All right, a little slower Easy now Don’t let her loosen up! Easy Come on, pull harder, come on Hold it. Hold it there! Enough! Stop Oh, Lord, I’m tired Harris! Harris! Well, Sergeant You’ve been holding the fort? Yes, sir This is full of sand Clean it out for me like a good chap? Yes, sir ‘We’ve worked at it two nights now, ‘but Dorfmann’s brainchild looks less like an aeroplane ‘than it did when we started ‘It’s almost midday and he’s still working

‘He’s right about one thing, though ‘The little men with the slide rules and computers are going to inherit the Earth ‘And it’s kind of sad that Dorfmann won’t be there to see it ‘But then, I I guess he doesn’t need to see it ‘He already knows it.’ Here. Here, is that any better? I’ll try it Mr Standish You can continue with the cutting of the tail surfaces The tools are still in the hull Hey, Standish! Watch your diet You don’t have to eat all those dates Save some for the scum up here, will you? Your wife’s a lovely girl She died But you can’t know that You there, we need help with the welding All right. We’re coming, men It’s getting cold up here, anyway Sisters of mercy! Your brother will play the violin again Did you, erm…? Did you say something to Captain Harris? Now, what would I have said to Captain Harris? Oh, I don’t know He’s acting very funny Yeah, yeah In here! In here! Here

We’re ready to proceed Come along. It’s quite essential to maintain our schedule Oh, I reckon we’ve been flogging a dead horse long enough Well, of course you’re right, but couldn’t we just rest for another hour and then Absolutely not! – Come on, let’s get – Now, now, before we start talking about who’s gonna work and when, let me tell you something Somebody’s been stealing water out of this tank Stealing the water? What do you mean? Who in the hell would do a thing like that? Skipper, you sure? – Damn! How much is gone? – I started checking on it yesterday How do you like that? Now, I don’t even want to know who it is, but I’m telling you this If it happens again and I see who’s doing it, I’ll kill him It was me It was you? Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! You… bloody fool In any case, I didn’t steal it I took it You took it? The people here could die for lack of water and you took it? Yes Yes, because whilst you people have been sleeping or pursuing your own ridiculous little interests, I have been working And since I was working harder than you were, I also needed more water than you did However, it won’t happen again, because from now on we shall all work equally hard – Is it clear now? – No, it isn’t But maybe I’m an idiot Maybe you’ll have to explain it to me If you think being some kind of a boy wonder entitles you to other people’s water, you’ve got another think coming Why did you have to steal it? Why didn’t you just come and ask me for it? Because you wouldn’t have given me any You’re damn right I wouldn’t! Now, listen, if you’re coming up here to tell me I shouldn’t be unkind to that miserable Kraut, you’re wasting your breath Now, don’t tell me you don’t think he’s crazy Well, suppose we agree he’s as mad as a hatter Do you think the rest of us aren’t? Do you think you’ve been behaving rationally? Do you really think anyone would? All right, maybe not, but he isn’t even concerned about getting out of here All he wants to do is to see that thing fly He doesn’t care who gets killed in the process – Well, now – Well, nothing! I’ve done my share of killing My score is five now What does he want to do, improve on that? – So, we’re back to that, are we? – Yes You know, I don’t believe you’re really all that concerned about those five men – No, I’m laughing myself sick – No, you’re not laughing either What really gets you is the idea that maybe you’re wrong And maybe that little, er… little, er dried-up calculating machine down there really does kn-know the answers And maybe Frank Towns, who’s flown every crate they’ve ever built and who could fly in and out of a tennis court if he had to, maybe that great hellful of trailblazer’s nothing more than a back number now And maybe men like Dorfmann can build machines that can do Frank Towns’ job for him And do it better You’re getting to be quite a little philosopher, aren’t you? All right Let’s suppose you have killed five men And if it gives you any sort of satisfaction to sit up here feeling sorry for yourself, well, that’s your… That’s fine! But if you really mean that it is all your fault, then it’s up to you to bloody well get us out of here, isn’t it? And if you’re not too proud to talk to Dorfmann,

and you’re half the pilot you think you are, well, maybe you will! “If”! All right If you hadn’t made a career out of being a drunk, you might not have been a second-rate navigator in a fifth-rate outfit And if you hadn’t stayed in your bunk to kill that last bottle, you might have checked that engineer’s report on the radio, and we might not be here All right? Oh, Lew, I Oh, Lew Why the hell isn’t anyone on the generator? What’s the point? Come on, you drunken bum Let’s get back to work Don’t worry It’ll be cut in time Do you think the Wright Brothers would approve? I can’t see why not It’s all free and clear up here, Heinrich What’s the drill, Mr Dorfmann? You’re not yet ready for heavy work I’d like to do something We could use Dr Renaud down here Perhaps you could relieve him at the generator Now, how about that? Heinrich Schweitzer It’s all set I think we are read I think we are ready to proceed All right? Go! We did it! That’s it! Are we all ready?

Let’s go! Hold it, stop! – All right – Well done, Watson All right, now, everybody pull together Keep pulling. Keep going Keep pulling, boys Coming fine now Keep it going Keep it going. That’s it Don’t let up with the slack Now, it’s coming fine. Just fine Hold it! Hold it! Take it easy… now It’s nearly there. Nearly Hold it! I’ve got a story for the Daily Mirror when I get back “How I stopped smoking in three days.” Here, hold it You’ve done a wonderful job, Heinrich But will it fly? Oh, come on, will you? Let’s finish it It’s all set up there You know, it’s… it’s really beginning to look like something Don’t worry, Mr Towns Helicopters don’t look very elegant either, but they fly reasonably well Really looks pretty good You suppose if we get out of here we’re gonna have extra leave coming? From Arabco Oil? We’ll be lucky they don’t take this off our two months Tell you what though, if ever we do get out of here alive and I get my leave, I’m going to stay put in Benghazi and fix myself up with one of them Arab bints That’s not all you’ll fix yourself up with in Benghazi. I’ve been there, mate No, straight up This place I was at last year, there’s this bint Farida or something She did a sort of a dance You should have seen it I’ve woken up a few nights in a cold sweat thinking about it, I can tell you Probably some poxed-up old bag from Manchester Is it right? What’s the point of that? Oh, I don’t know I just thought I’d give it a name What sort of a name is that supposed to be? It’s a bird The phoenix was a mythical bird that burnt itself to ashes and rose I’m not bloody stupid, you know What’s the matter, Captain? Smell the sea? He’s staggering around Benghazi, you know, with this ugly, ugly broad

Boxed out of his mind with Kickapoo joy juice or hashish or something or other I’ve never seen anyone – Kickapoo joy juice – Shh. Hey! Hey! Hey! Shh! What’s wrong with him? Get Mr Towns Eleven… I count twelve – They are way off any route – Yes Probably a razzia raiding party Better go and tell the men We don’t want to rush into anything Tell Mr Towns to come up here I already have There! Up there! Arabs I’m sorry. That’s all I know But I don’t get it. They’ve got camels They could take us out of here If they are a raiding party, they’re outcasts from their own tribe and so far beyond the law that killing a few people like us wouldn’t mean a thing They are, in all probability, lost And just as short of water as we are They can only cause difficulties If we leave them alone they’ll move on and we can get back to work But why don’t we just talk to them? We can do that, can’t we? They sound friendly enough – I wouldn’t count on it – No But we have to find out This time I’ll go with you They’re staying put Now, I’ll take Sgt. Watson with me and we’ll go and tell Now, wait a minute I’ve already told you that I’d be going What’s the sense of these chaps building this contraption if you’re not here to drive it? – He’s right, Frank – Nobody’s going to drive this fool thing What? Don’t let’s have an argument It’s sublimely unimportant to me who goes out, but I think the Sergeant and I have the best chance Now, at first we’ll tell them there’s only two of us We’ll approach them in a circle, so if they do prove to be unfriendly, they won’t double back and find you I think the uniform might do the trick – Where’s the Sergeant? – He went in the hull Right Makes sense, Frank Here you are, Sergeant. Ready? – What’s the trouble, Sergeant? – Nothing. No trouble, sir Come along, then I’m not going – What was that? – I’m not going! Sergeant, I don’t think you’ve quite understood I’m giving you an order You are to come with me Now, look here, old chap There’s only water for three more days This thing they’re building won’t work It’s up to you and I to go out to those Arabs and get them to help us Now, there’s nothing to be afraid of I’m not afraid, Mr Harris Sergeant, I’m going to repeat my order If you refuse it, I shall have to assume that you’re wilfully disobeying a superior officer Is that understood? Don’t let yourself down, Watson Report for duty and come with me You leave me no alternative but to place you under open arrest Give me that revolver No You refuse? Very well, Sergeant

Mr Towns, I am going out on my own Now, I suggest that you don’t light any fires and maintain absolute silence until I report back I’ll keep them quiet, Captain, and there won’t be any lights – Right – I… I believe I go along with you – Thank you, but that won’t be necessary – Perhaps not, but I do speak a little Arabic Do you? Well, not enough, but these fellows will understand Well, maybe not as much as you might suppose Anyway, I’d like to go with you Merci. Allons-y. I’m gonna wait another half-hour, then I’m going down there and have a look – We can’t just sit here – Look, Frank, Harris is n-no fool He… He may be a bit excessively British, but he’s no fool If those people can be induced to help us, Harris will do it But I mean if the situation is a bit tricky down there and he’s told them there are just the two of them, he can’t suddenly announce there are seven more of us And if you and I go barging in, that’ll really put the lid on it Yeah, maybe you’re right I doubt it all the time Hey! Captain Towns! Captain Towns! They’ve gone! They’ve taken our fellows with them, but they left a camel or something I can’t see properly up there Frank, there’s no Come on, Lew, we’d better have a look Camel’s lame That’s why they left it, it’s lame Give me the He’s dead, isn’t he? Mr Towns and I will be in the fuselage itself

The heaviest men will need to be inboard, the lighter men outside They’ll, er… they’ll lie flat, holding onto the ribs of the windscreen We testing this engine today? Mr Dorfmann, it’s time we tested this engine – I think you can leave things to me, Mr Towns – No, wait. Wait a minute I’m not forgetting you’re the designer, but if you want me to fly this thing “This thing” This thing has a name – It’s called an aeroplane – All right, all right, it’s an aeroplane I’d have a lot more respect for it if I knew the engine worked The engine was running perfectly until the sand blocked the carburettor jets in flight There is no reason why it shouldn’t run as it did before Unless you haven’t cleaned the jets properly, in which case I’d advise you to do it again Now listen, those sand screens are clear, and I’ve checked everything under that cowling pretty thoroughly And if I’m to fly this machine I’m gonna test run that engine today If… If we’d start this engine now, the vibration will put unnecessary strain on the whole structure Furthermore, there are only seven cartridges in the Coffman starter It could take four or five to start the engine, leaving us only with two or three when we are ready to depart I imagine even you will understand that once we have used all seven cartridges, we have no further means of starting this engine Any doubt about starting this engine, now is the time to find out Mr Towns You behave as if stupidity were a virtue Why is that? Lew, I’m gonna run up this engine A couple of you guys come up here and pull this prop through And that’s an order No, you’re not! There’s no point in going over it all again

Look, I’ve got them working on the fairings, but we need you for the control groupings There’s nothing down on paper It’s all… it’s all in your head I’d hate to spoil the job after all the work you’ve put in I… I know it’s difficult for you to get on with Frank Towns, but you’ve got to understand He need He needs to feel he’s doing something You don’t leave him anything – Do you want yours now? – Uh-huh – You ought to come in, it’s freezing out – Yeah, yeah Well, now I’ve really balled things up, haven’t I? Dorfmann? Yeah, I’ve been thinking about this thing And I guess old Frank Towns just never could stand being told what to do That’s all there is to it You know, funny thing He was right about the engine, too I guess I just wanted to make a point That’s what really gets you about him He He always has to be right – You coming in? – In a few minutes What else do you want me to say? Nothing Leave me alone Tomorrow’s the last day Then there’ll only be what we get from the still And that’s not enough to keep us all going Do you want them to fight over the water? Is that what you want? If we don’t go back to work, we’re going to die – All of us – Yes Well, for God’s sake, man, you’re not a child, are you? Go away You told Towns he was behaving as if stupidity was a virtue If he’s making it into a virtue, you’re making it into a bloody science! Ah Look, Lord Muck’s woke up I want to talk to you No, I want to talk to all of you Mr Towns, who is in authority here?

You are Very well, then Since I am in authority, I have decided to finish this plane and make it fly We shall now go back to work Hallelujah The fairings are about ready, but you’ll need to look at the control linkages I’ll be with you right after this here Well, is this the outfit you work for? Becker Flugzeuge, yes I think I’ve heard of them Build all kinds of models Don’t they build model planes? The best I didn’t know they produced the big stuff, too Well, the biggest we make is the Adler. I think you’ll find it on page 23 The Adler has a two-metre wingspan But it’s not one of my designs, because it’s a glider, and I work only on the power models Page 23? Yes, I think it’s 23 What about the big stuff? Is it a different department or what? The biggest I’ve personally designed is the Jaeger 250. Could I have this a moment, please? Thank you Wait, it’s here. There it is Jaeger 250. It won the prize for extended flight at Frankfurt last year Ext… extended flight? Yes. The radio control also is my design And then on the opposite page there, there’s another rather fine model It’s called die Schwalbe. It’s there Yes, but I think what Mr Towns meant was the real thing How much designing have you done on the real thing? The real thing? Well, yes. You know, like this Oh, no, no, no. You misunderstand We make nothing but model aeroplanes You mean you’ve never designed a full-sized aeroplane? Full-sized? No But then, of course, the principles are the same Well, yes, they would be, wouldn’t they? Well, of course one encounters different problems, but basically the principles are the same I think I’d better check on the control linkages He’s crazy, Lew

He He builds toy aeroplanes He didn’t even keep anything from us He really doesn’t think there’s any difference Well, what are we going to tell those guys out there? They What are we going to tell them, Lew? Nothing We haven’t enough water left to stay alive We can die here or we can die in that thing What’s the matter? Haven’t you any curiosity left? Wouldn’t you like to know how it feels to fly a toy aeroplane? Now what’s he up to? I don’t know Maybe we’d better have a word with him about not saying anything to the others I don’t know why you keep humouring him like that If the thing can’t fly, it can’t fly That’s all there is to it Anything missing? No, I… I don’t think so I’m arranging the harness attachments You’ll be lucky if these guys can walk tomorrow, let alone pull this thing Nevertheless, it will have to be done The propeller itself will provide the basic impetus The men will mainly be to give it direction Well, why n-not n-now? It’s too dangerous in the dark Well, I think maybe you’re right It’s too risky Go on Oh, well, one other thing It might be better not to mention to the others about being a toy plane designer “Toy plane designer”? Lew and I feel it might upset them Mr Tow Mr Towns A toy plane is something you wind up and it rolls along the floor A model aeroplane is something totally different Model aeroplanes have been flying successfully more than 50 years before the Wright Brothers ever got off the ground They were not toy planes – All right – I didn’t know that, Frank, did you? Nevertheless, it is a fact And there is something else you should remember, Mr Towns A model plane has to fly itself There is no pilot to correct the trim

Therefore, if anything, a model plane has to be designed for greater stability than what you are pleased to call “the real thing” In 1851, Henson and Stringfellow built a rubber-powered model that flew 600 metres before encountering an obstruction Aerofoil surfaces, lift and drag coefficients, weight-thrust equations and the whole pattern of modern aviation originate from right there Well, where is he? I’ll go and get him Here he is Our friend Dorfmann’s a bit impatient In 1851, Henson and Stringfellow built a rubber-powered m-model aircraft that flew 600 metres before encountering an obstruction Did you kn-know that, M-Mr Towns? That’s great No, not great, but significant You understand, those are the only cartridges we have If you fail with them, my work has been wasted The moment the engine fires, throttle back Too much unnecessary vibration could shake the structure to pieces Vibration must be kept to a minimum – Clear – Clear That’s number one Two What’s wrong? There ain’t nothing wrong with that engine Maybe he ain’t giving it enough juice Three But he should know, shouldn’t he? He does know Wait Wait! You’re wasting the cartridges We have only three left I know that What are you doing? I’m gonna use one cartridge, ignition off, clean out the cylinders No! What are you doing? Stop! I forbid you! I forbid you!

Do you hear me? I forbid you! Come on, mate You’ll make it Take it easy Hey! Come on! You bastard, Frank! You bastard! You made it! Frank, you bastard! Stop! Stop it! Stop it! Throttle back! I told you, stop it! All right, Mr Dorfmann, start pulling All aboard I can’t. I can’t You did good, skipper Give it some slack. Come on, move! That’s it. That’s it

Watch your step Go! Go! What the hell is that? Hey, they ain’t gonna try to land that thing here, are they? Well, it sure as hell looks that way Look at it! Look at it! Just look at it!

I’ve never seen anything so beautiful Seventeen days without a drink Boy, I wouldn’t have believed just plain water could look so good You never know, Frank I might become an addict – It’s beautiful! – Where’d they come from? Those guys are either drunk or crazy How far did you say that Henson and Stringfellow flew that rubber-powered model in 1851, Mr Dorfmann? 600 metres, Mr Towns Is that metres or yards? Metres, Mr Towns, metres