The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)

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When a plane carrying various animals makes a forced landing on a desert island, the only chance to escape is to convert the plane into a boat.

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  • Geneviève Bujold and Elliott Gould in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
  • Ricky Schroder and Tammy Lauren in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
  • Elliott Gould in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
  • Wynn Hammer in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
  • Geneviève Bujold and Elliott Gould in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)
  • Elliott Gould and Vincent Gardenia in The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)

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16 October 2018 | boblipton
| Disney At the Trough
Despite real talent in this movie -- Charles Jarrott directing Genevieve Bujold and Elliot Gould from a story originally written by Ernest Gann, this one is a real misfire.

Gould is the pilot of a B-29 Superfortress converted to island-hopping cargo. He's got a load of assorted animals, missionary Bujold, and a couple of kids, including the always-annoying Ricky Schroeder. They crash land on a Pacific island where they encounter two Japanese soldiers who don't know the war is over. Eventually everyone makes friends and they convert the plane to a boat to try to get back to civilization.

The problems with the movie seem to stem from its script and Disney's uncertainty of what this movie was supposed to be. It borrows from several other movies, including FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON and FATHER GOOSE to sheer adventure on the high seas and vague Biblical references, with no consistency of tone, and no real character engagement. Each actor seems to be playing a one-note character, only to switch gears as the plot dictates.

I blame Ron Miller, in his last credit as producer, at the trough of Disney's post-Walt era. After this, it was back to the office and only "Executive Producer" credits as Disney's CEO, where he tackled the company's problems by eventually replacing himself with abler movie people.

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