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 people 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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They survived the impossible...by doing the unthinkable. 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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Did You Know?


The real Nando Parrado (Ethan Hawke's character) was technical advisor to the film. 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 »


Nando: I'm proud to be a man on a day like this.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) See more »


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The greatest true story of human survival
16 September 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

If you want a movie which demonstrates the determination of humankind and fight for survival, "Alive" is the movie for you. I have seen this movie many times and even though they do eat flesh from their dead team mates the sight isn't repulsive. You want them to do what they can to survive and you admire their great courage to perform such a discouraged act. What they do is considered uncivilized, but in this movie I feel that it isn't. It took great courage for the men to do what they had to do and pushed to a similar extreme, any of us is likely to do the same. No one can say they wouldn't for sure, you wouldn't know unless you face a similar situation. The scenery is terrific, the special effects are good and worth seeing. The actors went to extrodinary lengths to look the part and they all played their parts extremely well and handled the roles sympathetically. Top grade movie all round!

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