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 »

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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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Shot in sequence, an unusual practice for a film of this size. See more »


At two different points, a safety cable can be seen attached to 3 of the actors. Once (at around 1 min) during one of the first expeditions to find the tail of the airplane there are 5 walking. The glacier collapses under the feet of the lead boy, leaving him dangling off the edge of a crevasse. The cable pulls up from the snow just under the actor as Canessa and the others pull him back up. The second time (at around 1h 45 mins) is when Canessa slides off a rock, just as they are reaching the top of the mountain. Nando attaches a safety belt from the Fairchild to his belt and Tin Tin braces himself to lower Nando to Canessa. The thin cable that is hooked to the actor who plays Canessa is partially buried in the snow and pulls up breaking the snow for an instant. You can also see this cable threaded through Nando's left leg of his pants. As the scenes shift, Tintin is sitting on it, and it's also snaked on Nando's left side against the mountain. See more »


Nando: [the search for the survivors has just been called off] Better go tell the others.
Antonio Balbi: I can't. It'll kill everybody's hope.
Nando: [sighs] Well, what's so great about hope?
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Not like everyone else sees it
5 March 2004 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

I first saw the film "Alive" on video. I really wish I had seen it in the theater as it was probably one of the better films to come out around that time. I thought it was well shot, well acted and the fact that the real survivors were on hand as technical advisors showed me that the film was as accurate as it could be. One of the frustrations Ive come across in discussing this film is when you mention it to someone, and their immediate response is "isn't that the movie where they all eat each other?"...obviously, these people latched on to one small part of the story, and feel it is the basis for the entire movie. I found "Alive" to be more of an uplifting story. Sure, there's cannibalism involved, but in the 2 hours the film takes, cannibalism is focused on for approximately 10-15 minutes. I, instead, found myself moved by the determination of these young boys to survive. The plane crash, the avalanche, starvation, illness...all insurmountable odds stacking themselves against them, and they STILL found the strength to preserve their own lives. Alive as a movie about cannibalism? No. It is an example of the human spirit, and (I use the term again) an uplifting film with many touching moments. In closing, I borrow a line from the film..."If I die, you can eat me". :-)

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