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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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They were ordinary young men driven to the very limits of human endurance. 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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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)


$36,733,909 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several real passengers on the plane were not depicted in the movie. These include Gaston Costemalle, Alexis Hounie, Guido Magri, Felipe Maquirriain, and Julio Martinez-Lamas. See more »


When Antonio is scolding the others for eating all the rations, the reflections of several crew members, a lighting unit, and a mic are visible in one of the survivor's sunglasses. See more »


Felipe Restano: What's more important to you, rugby or girls?
Nando: Girls. You?
Felipe Restano: Girls.
Nando: But when I'm playing rugby, rugby's the most important thing.
Felipe Restano: Yeah, unless girls are watching.
Nando: Right.
[both Laugh]
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Composed by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
Performed by Aaron Neville
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The best that could have been done.
20 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Critics often fault Alive with petty complaints: Gee, wasn't the avalanche a convenient plot device? Why didn't the plane have signal flares? How come the survivors were all those pretty boys? Why don't we see the dramatic search? In doing so, they're faulting reality: The avalanche really did happen when and how it was portrayed. The wreckage really did lack signal flares. The plane really was chartered by a bunch of ruggedly handsome young men -- what else do you expect from a rugby team? And yes, the search was dramatic (the moment when Roberta Cannessa's father learned that his son is alive is one of those stranger-than-fiction moments), but it was enough of a task to compress the survivors' story into a feature film. The search would have comprised another film entirely on its own.

How do you compress nearly three months of terror and tedium into less than two hours while still holding the attention of the audience? It's a daunting task, and Alive manages quite nicely. With technical consulting provided by crash survivor Nando Parrado, Alive captures the look and mood of the crash site, and sketches in the relationships among the passengers of the ill-fated flight.

It leaves many strange questions hanging (Where, in this plane full of mostly unmarried adults, does Nando come up with two tiny red sneakers?) and those questions are best answered by reading the book. And watch Alive again. Things become clearer with multiple viewings.

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