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Alive (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Biography  |  15 January 1993 (USA)
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Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín (as John Haymes Newton)
David Kriegel ...
Sam Behrens ...
Javier Methol
Lilliana Methol
Bobby François
Alberto Artuna
Rafael Cano (as Michael De Lorenzo)
Fraga, the Mechanic


In 1972, the Uruguayan rugby team is flying to Chile to play a game. However, the plane from the Uruguayan Air Force with 45 persons crashes on the Andes Mountains and after the search party, they are considered dead. Two months after the crash, the sixteen survivors are finally rescued. Along the days, the starved survivors decide to eat flesh from the bodies of their comrades to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The triumph of the human spirit. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crash scenes too intense for unaccompanied children | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alive: The Miracle of the Andes  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)


$36,733,909 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The crash sequence took nine days to film. As the set was mounted on a huge gimbal, most of the cast were taking motion sickness pills as they spent a large amount of time being tossed about. See more »


After the plane tail is gone, there are reflections of a studio light in a boy's glasses who sits in the last row. The sky is overcast so it couldn't be sunlight. See more »


Roberto Canessa: We're gonna die, you know.
Nando: Maybe. But if we die, we're gonna die walking.
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Truly stunning tale of courage and human ingenuity
14 November 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Frank Marshall's "Alive" is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, a tale of great courage and human ingenuity.

Although the story was filmed previously (and cheaply) by Rene Cardona as "Survive", this retelling is superior in every department and resonates with me years after I first saw it at the cinema.

James Newton Howard's score is truly beautiful and incredibly powerful for its ability to convey both the hopelessness of the situation (trying to survive in the Andes) and the awesome wonder of such a savage land. In fact, the score takes the film from very good to great.

The rendering of Schubert's "Ave Maria" over the rousing climax, with its superbly lensed images by Peter Levy, is one of cinema's most emotional, transporting moments.


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