A 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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Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín (as John Haymes Newton)
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Rafael Cano (as Michael De Lorenzo)
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Storyline

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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The triumph of the human spirit. See more »


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

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15 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alive: The Miracle of the Andes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,624,292 (USA) (17 January 1993)

Gross:

$36,733,909 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening and closing statements narrated by John Malkovich (playing an older Carlitos Paez) were written by the real Carlitos Paez for the film. See more »

Goofs

The narrator(played by John Malkovich) is supposed to be an older Carlitos Paez. The narrator not only looks nothing like the guy who played the younger Carlitos(Bruce Ramsay), but he doesn't even have an accent like the guy that plays the younger version. Are we to believe that Carlitos just up and lost his accent 20 years after the crash? See more »

Quotes

Pilot Julio César Ferradas: [Canessa and Zerbino find the pilot, badly injured]
[shivering]
Pilot Julio César Ferradas: My bag, my... bag.
Roberto Canessa: He wants his bag.
Gustavo Zerbino: There isn't much on the floor. I don't... I don't see his bag.
Roberto Canessa: We're looking. What's in the bag?
Pilot Julio César Ferradas: [rolls his eyes] My... My gun. Gun!
[pause]
Roberto Canessa: No, my friend. We can't be a part of that.
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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Remarkable
24 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The very concept that this film is based on a true story makes it great. When you watch it you can't help but wonder what you would do in their situation. You want to think that you wouldn't, but then you think of their situation. After watching this movie the whole cannibalism thing sticks in your head, but you really should look at the whole movie. It really is a great story and is uplifting. I know Roger Ebert doesn't think that this movie really shows, what it would be like to be stranded there for 70+ days, but I don't think any movie truly could. But Alive gets really close at doing that, they just keep getting in one bad situation after the other. It really shows how strong the human spirit is. I give it a 10/10!


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