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Flight of the Phoenix

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    The movie starts out in the early 1930’s, flying an older plain through the desert. They lose their radio along with voltage regulator, they are heading for Benghazi. Lew Moran forgets to tell Frank Towns about a loud or squeaky pulley in the starboard side of the plane, so Frank must have a look at it. As they are flying they get caught in a bad sand storm and loose both engines due to sand getting in there carburetors and such losing power. Frank Towns or the pilot of the aircraft decided he should put the wheels down as without doing so would make the plane totally in operable to fly again.

    When he finally puts the plane down along the way a few straps holding some heavy items breaks and kills two of the men in the crash. It also crushes the one guy that was sitting in the back. When they crashed, they were a little over a hundred miles off course and not only that they didn’t have any radio to signal for help. Everyone is curtain that there will be in some way air support that will come and find them.

    Group Dynamic and Impact of Team Roles. In the beginning when the plane initially crashes Frank Towns is very sad and heartbroken it seems as he was the one that killed the two men, and also severely injured another man. But before this he takes leadership and tells people what they need to do and how to do it. Lew Moran was trying to calm down Frank and keep him under control. Captain Harris is the one that gets everything organized and all situated out. His two main concerns were to have flairs at all times and also the water supply at which they will need to conserve.

    At the beginning Heinrich Dorfmann and Dr. Renaud don’t really say much nor do much. But it seems as though that Heinrich Dorfmann is doing a lot of reading and drawing on some papers. A few days into being stranded out in the middle of the dessert some things have changed over the main characters and here is what has happened. Frank Towns gets very upset with Heinrich Dorfmann and views him as to young and too stupid to do anything. As for Captain Harris he really shines and is trying to figure out alternatives at how to get rescued in their time of need.

    The other man are just staying back and not really saying too much that is important. I believe around 5 or 6 days that they are stranded in the dessert Heinrich Dorfmann and Frank Towns has some works because Heinrich has designed a much smaller plane that will be able to carry all the men to safety. He has also informed them that it will take 12 days to complete and they must all work at night. Frank Towns gets very upset at this because they only have roughly 4 to 5 days of water left, no were near enough water for the 12 days needed to make another plane.

    Heinrich then told Frank that he could make a still and this would create water for an additional 6 days. Also Captain Harris and the guy with the monkey decide to go and find help. Frank doesn’t think it is a good idea because they are walking to their death beds. The guy that has some mental issues gets very upset because the captain will not let him embark on the journey to find help. So when no one was watching he left to follow the two other men. Frank Towns decided it was upon himself to find the man and bring him back to camp. But when frank found him there were birds on him and he was dead.

    He walks back to the camp alone and very sad at loosing another man. After all this Frank Towns is pressed at what he should do, and has a little talk with Dr. Renaud, and he said that these men will work for something they believe in. It will be much harder for them to just sit around and die then actually have hope and work their butts off to build another airplane. It seems apparent to me that Frank Towns doesn’t like other people telling him what to do, and Lew makes this very clear to him. So the next day Frank confronts Heinrich and thus the building of the new airplane begins.

    It seems that there is still much tension in the air with Frank and Heinrich over whom the leader is and who isn’t. The one night the guy that is under the Captain Harris sees him collapsed by camp but doesn’t tell any of the other men about it. It takes Heinrich to see him and he gets Harris to come and help him. They all help and get him water and some food, but he is very sick and parched. The following night as the men are working on the plane the one guy that got his leg crushed killed himself and Captain Harris is the one that saw this and got the others. So the count of dead bodies is up to 5 men.

    After this Frank figures out that someone is stealing water from there tank and Heinrich tells him he is the one doing so because he is doing all the work. Once this happens all work on the plane comes to a halt and no one works on it. It takes Lew to nock some sense into Frank on the fact that no one at this point is thinking rationally. He also tells Frank that your only mad because your wrong and Heinrich is most of the time correct and knows what he’s doing. I feel at this point Lew is really the only one on the team that is trying to still motivate anyone to get back to work.

    He was the one that got Frank and Heinrich to at least talk to each other and try to work things out between them. After this happened they continued to work on the plane till its completion. The team really started to work together until Heinrich told the both Lew and Frank that he never built or designed a real size planes only model planes. This really pissed off Frank to the fact he didn’t trust him again, but didn’t tell any of the men. The guys also saw some Arabic men with Camel that rested for the night. Captain and the Doctor both went to see if they could get any help.

    The next morning Frank went down to look and the men killed both the doctor and the Captain. So the official count for the movie is 7 men total that were lost in the crash and after math. At this point they have finished building the airplane and are checking over the plane to make sure that all is good. So when the time comes that they are to start the motor Frank looks like a hero as he gets the motor started after 6 blanks. Once they have the motor started they have to keep the RPMs to a minimum to keep the vibrations down.

    They also have to move it to the flat land that seems to be pretty far away. Once they reach their destination they all climb aboard the plane and they take off and finally reach a small oil field and they all jump in the water and the movie ends. It seems that in the end or close to the end all the fellows are all friendly to each other and all thank and praise Heinrich for making this amazing aircraft. There were many different views from all the guys affected by the crash and many of them went about it in many different ways.

    I would say one of the main and key players to this was Frank Towns as he was an evaluator along the way to compromise being the leader and many other things. I would say Lew was a very big role as well because he oriented the group to keep working on the plane and also a gatekeeper. I also feel that Lew was an energizer when everyone was tired and pissed off at each other, he stepped in and got things going again. I think Captain Harris was an information speaker along with a coordinator as he made two small ditch efforts to help save the camp.

    I think that his guy that was under him was his procedural technician as he did all of the crappy work that the Captain told him to do. Heinrich Dorfmann was an informative seeker as well as opinion seeker. He was the group’s evaluator and coordinator. I feel he was one of the main reasons the group was able to build the plane, because without him they wouldn’t have had the knowledge to build one. Lastly all of the other men were followers and did as they were told and some were even procedural technicians as they helped build the plane.

    I feel that Heinrich Dorfmann influenced not only Frank Towns but also Lew Moran by Rational Persuasion and he did this by designing a new airplane and had all the math to back all of the others concerns. I feel Frank used pressure because he hated being told what to do, and even said it in the movie. I feel Lew used ingratiation along with personal appeals and he did this through frank and Heinrich in building some sort of reasoning to finish building the plane and get them to at least work with each other.

    I feel in the beginning of the movie everyone had respect for Frank as he was the pilot and watched over everything during the flight. After they crashed it seemed that all respect and support was lost to the whole group and everyone was all pissed off and upset about never getting helped. When Heinrich communicated with Frank and the rest of the group about what he designed and could build, the whole trust of the group changed and there was respect for everyone and also they all supported each other. I feel at the end of the movie there was even a little fairness as all of the men were so happy and loved each other.

    Frank Towns used many different powers and the first was legitimate power as he used his authority to take control of everything. He did this and showed this when the plane crashed he told everyone to get out and stand by the wing and got everything under control. Lew used reward power and he showed this by telling Frank that with Heinrich they will be able to get saved and build a plane from all of his knowledge. Captain Harris used legitimate power as he was a leader of two hikes as the first one didn’t go so well and he almost died.

    The second time he wanted to confront the Arab group and see if they would help him, from that they killed him. Heinrich Dorfmann was expert power as he was an expert and lead builder of model airplanes. He used all of his knowledge to design and do the entire math for building another plane from the one that wrecked. Role of Values on Conflict I could see the main conflict being between Frank and Heinrich as Frank hated to be told what to do, and after awhile could see that Heinrich was always right and knew what he was doing from the start.

    I think the second main conflict was between the Captain Harris and his helper, as the helper faked twisting his ankle and left him for dead out in the dessert after finding him. He then was happy to hear that he was once and finally dead in the end. I think that Frank had a big core value as a leader and being all correct with things. He also felt he was responsible for everything that happened. This lead into another’s value of Heinrich, as he was very smart and was never wrong in the things he said and did.

    As for Lew he valued drinking and from all of this, he realized that drinking doesn’t help anything and in fact only hinders things. Captain Harris showed meaning and also status as he would do anything it took to make the group survive even if it would mean killing himself in the process. I felt all of the main Characters had loyalty and self-worth for one another as well as themselves. They all valued accomplishment in the end when they finished the plane and it flew. Conclusion After watching this movie I could say on my behalf that I don’t think that in today’s world any of the things that happened in this movie would happen today.

    I know this isn’t a good thing to say but as people are getting lazier and lazier and don’t do anything besides playing video games and watching TV. They don’t learn new things and aren’t motivated enough to actually do anything productive in life. From the movie it was safe to say that in the beginning there was a lot of panic as to if they would be saved or not. After Heinrich came up with a game plan on making a new plane, they all came together and did what they could to make drawings become real. At the end of the movie they were able to get the plane moved and started up and was able to fly it to oil rig and were saved from dying.

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