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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


The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the freezing cold. The only thing the team has riding on after losing so many of their good friends and family members is the slim chance of making it through alive and their faithfulness to God. Written by davepoobond

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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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This film was the first co-production of Paramount Pictures and Touchstone Pictures, which would collaborate on five more films in the 1990s (three of which starred Nicholas Cage, two of which starred John Travolta, with one film starring both). Disney created Touchstone Pictures in 1984 in response to the normally family-friendly company receiving criticism for releasing several films that had themes that some considered inappropriate for a Disney film. One such film was 1981's "Dragonslayer", which was also co-produced by Paramount Pictures. 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 »


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Triumph of the human spirit
17 April 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I would like to say how powerful the movie is. Being forced into a circumstance where you are being tested constantly in order to survive for 72 days. I thought that the acting in such a disaster film was expressed decently. Although critics and viewers(why then did you waste your money?) nitpick the dialogue, it ran smoothly in the compressed time given. Exactly how would you pass the time in conversation if you survived the plane crash, freezing temperatures, hunger and watching other people die in front you for 72 days? I don't think the dialogue was that bad, considering the time slot and trying to keep the story interesting for its two hours. When I first saw it, I was shocked by the plane crash sequence. I first thought it was all about cannibalism-like the Donner party- but it wasn't. It was more about keeping hope alive and working together even when despair and dying seems easier to give in to. What the rugby teammates did under the circumstances was incredible until they made the solution to hike out and get help. I haven't read the book its based on, yet I read a little about the actual people who went through the ordeal. There are similarities and contrasts with the real-life story and the movie. I appreciate the movie after seeing several times and the actual story behind it. I think it's one of the most fantastic films that I have seen.

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