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Alive -- True story of a rugby team stranded in the Andes after a plane crash.  They face many physical and mental challenges which threaten their survival, in a situation which tests the very limits of human endurance.


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15 January 1993 (USA) See more »
They survived the doing the unthinkable. See more »
Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ethan Hawke ... Nando Parrado

Vincent Spano ... Antonio Balbi

Josh Hamilton ... Roberto Canessa

Bruce Ramsay ... Carlitos Páez

John Newton ... Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín (as John Haymes Newton)
David Kriegel ... Gustavo Zerbino

Kevin Breznahan ... Roy Harley
Sam Behrens ... Javier Methol

Illeana Douglas ... Lilliana Methol

Jack Noseworthy ... Bobby François

Christian J. Meoli ... Federico Aranda

Jake Carpenter ... Alberto Artuna

Michael DeLorenzo ... Rafael Cano (as Michael De Lorenzo)

José Zúñiga ... Fraga, the Mechanic

Danny Nucci ... Hugo Díaz

David Cubitt ... Fito Strauch
Gian DiDonna ... Eduardo Strauch (as Gian Di Donna)

John Cassini ... Daniel Fernández
Michael Woolson ... Juan Martino

Chad Willett ... Pablo Montero

Richard Ian Cox ... Moncho Sabella

Gordon Currie ... Coche Inciarte

Ele Keats ... Susana Parrado

Josh Lucas ... Felipe Restano (as Joshua Lucas)

Silvio Pollio ... Álex Morales
Nuno Antunes ... Álvaro Mangino
Michael Tayles ... Pancho Delgado
Steven Shayler ... Pedro Algorta
Jason Gaffney ... Víctor Bolarich

Jerry Wasserman ... Co-Pilot
Michael Sicoly ... Pilot Julio César Ferradas
Diana Barrington ... Mrs. Alfonsín

Jan D'Arcy ... Eugenia Parrado

Frank Pellegrino ... Steward
Seth Arnett ... Tomás Alonso (as Seth James Arnett)
Aurelio Dinunzio ... Dr. Solana
Fiona Roeske ... Mrs. Solana
Tony Morelli ... Martínez, the Navigator
Pat Romano ... Jorge Armas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Malkovich ... Old Carlitos / Narrator (uncredited)
Tom Raudaschl ... Team Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Marshall 
Writing credits
Piers Paul Read (book)

John Patrick Shanley (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Cohen .... co-producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... producer
Robert Watts .... producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Peter James 
Film Editing by
William Goldenberg 
Michael Kahn 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
Production Design by
Norman Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Fred Hole  (as Frederick Hole)
Set Decoration by
Tedd Kuchera 
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Parsons 
Makeup Department
Lorna Barria .... special makeup effects artist
Donna Bis .... hair department head
Russell Cate .... special makeup effects artist
Nick Dudman .... makeup artist: John Malkovitch
James Gawley .... makeup artist
Linda Gill .... makeup artist
Raymond Mackintosh .... special makeup effects artist
Robert A. Pandini .... hair stylist
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects designer
Production Management
Stewart Bethune .... unit manager
Stewart Bethune .... unit manager: second unit
Justis Greene .... unit production manager
Crawford Hawkins .... post-production supervisor: Vancouver
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... second assistant director
Richard Coleman .... first assistant director: second unit
Katterli Frauenfelder .... first assistant director
Jacquie Gould .... third assistant director
John Lind .... third assistant director
Norman Reynolds .... second unit director
Jonathan Schneider .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Chris Claridge .... construction foreman
Adrian Dowell .... scenic carpenter
Dean Eilertson .... assistant property master
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn .... assistant property master
Liz Goldwyn .... art department coordinator
John Hamilton .... lead painter
Mark Howes .... scenic carpenter
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
David Lowery .... storyboard artist
Dale Menzies .... carpenter
Bill Thumm .... property master (as Bill Thumm)
John G. Anderson .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... foley artist
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Eric Batut .... sound mixer
Gregg Baxter .... supervising sound editor
Tony Currie .... dialogue editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... supervising sound designer
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator
Victor Iorillo .... foley artist
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... dialogue editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Patterson .... sound recordist
Frank Smathers .... sound effects editor
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... foley artist
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
Marshall Winn .... foley artist
George Tarrant .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Allinson .... special effects technician
Brian Q. Kelley .... effects editorial
Michael Lantieri .... special effects consultant
Lars Lenander .... chief mechanical designer
Jules Mann .... assistant model maker
Reg Milne .... special effects assistant
Randy Shymkiw .... special effects unit coordinator
Terry Sonderhoff .... special effects technician
John Thomas .... special effects coordinator
Michael Walls .... special effects technician
Dan Cervin .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joel Aron .... lead technical assistant
Jil-Sheree Bergin .... visual effects producer
Scott Farrar .... special visual effects supervisor
Bill George .... visual effects art director
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor
John Goodson .... model maker
Jennifer Hall Lee .... optical line-up: ILM (as Jennifer Lee)
Greg Maloney .... digital compositor (ILM)
Richard Miller .... model maker
Jim Morris .... general manager: ILM
Vance Piper .... effects camera assistant
William Powloski .... visual effects
Stuart Robertson .... digital effects supervisor: ILM
Mehran Salamati .... visual effects cameraman
Leah Anton .... digital artist (uncredited)
Wendy Bonn .... visual effects apprentice (uncredited)
Scott Ross .... general manager: ILM (uncredited)
Charles Andre .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt double: John Newton
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
David Jacox .... stunts (as David Jacox Jr.)
Kirk Jarrett .... stunts (as James Kirk Jarrett)
Connie Kennedy .... stunts
J.J. Makaro .... stunt coordinator: Canada
Mike Mitchell .... stunts
Fred Perron .... stunts
Tom Raudaschl .... stunts
Jacob Rupp .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunts
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunts
Marc Whalen .... stunts
Brent Woolsey .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Bennett .... best boy grip
Marco Ciccone .... second assistant camera
Douglas Craik .... first assistant camera
David Crone .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Crone)
David Crone .... camera operator (as Dave Crone)
Andre Fleuren .... photography: second unit
Glen Forrieter .... dolly grip
Bobby Huber .... key grip
Gaetan Jalbert .... gaffer: treck unit
Shaun Lawless .... lighting technician
John Le Roy .... key rigging grip
Marty McInally .... first assistant camera: second unit
Timothy Robin Spencer .... "b" camera first assistant
Carey Toner .... grip
Roger Vernon .... camera operator
Steve Wright .... helicopter pilot: camera helicopter (as Steven J. Wright)
Dan Henshaw .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Baines .... costume set supervisor
Barbara Marko Friedman .... costumer
Editorial Department
Carlyn Montes De Oca .... first assistant film editor
Phil Downey .... color timer
Caroline Hardon .... assistant editor: Canada
Mark L. Levine .... assistant editor
William Shaffer .... assistant editor
Sean T. Stratton .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Bruce Dukov .... musician (violin)
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator
Michael Mason .... score co-producer
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Maria Newman .... musician
David Olson .... music editor
Marty Paich .... conductor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Other crew
Chris Atkinson .... mountain safety crew
Paul Berstein .... mountain safety crew (as Paul Berntson)
Beth Cahn .... assistant to producer
Gina D'Orazio .... assistant: Frank Marshall
Scott Flavelle .... mountain safety crew
Gretchen Goode .... production coordinator
Leesa Green .... craft service
George A. Grieve .... aviation coordinator (as George Grieve)
Daniel Griffith .... mountain safety crew
Dow Griffith .... location manager
Hector McKenzie .... mountain safety crew (as Hector MacKenzie)
Heather Meehan .... production staff
Robin Mounsey .... helicopter coordinator
Robin Mounsey .... mountain safety coordinator
Lee Anne Muldoon .... unit publicist
Nando Parrado .... technical advisor
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
Kim Wozniak .... location accountant
Steve Wright .... helicopter coordinator (as Steven J. Wright)
Bill Bannerman .... aerial assistant director (uncredited)

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Rated R for crash scenes too intense for unaccompanied children
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (Certificate #32112)
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Did You Know?

The crash sequence took nine days to film. As the set was mounted on a huge gimbal, most of the cast were taking motion sickness pills as they spent a large amount of time being tossed about.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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:[addressing the survivors] Okay, uh, I got something to tell you. Good news - they called off the search.
Carlitos Páez:[everyone objects and argues] Why the hell is that good news?
Nando:Because it means we're gonna get out of here on our own.
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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Very believable, 26 March 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

"Alive" is the kind of movie that you wouldn't believe if you didn't know in advance that it was based on true events. If you didn't know better, you would say it was all made up by some scenarist with too much of inspiration, looking for a spectacular and sometimes shocking script. But unfortunately enough it all really happened, which makes the movie interesting to watch.

For those who don't know the story yet, it is based on what happened to the Uruguayan rugby team during and after their plane crash in the middle of the Andes mountains in 1972. Some of them survive the initial crash, some wounded, others only with some minor scratches. They pray that they will soon be found, but no search team is coming to rescue them. At first they keep themselves alive by eating what they find in the luggage of the passengers, but soon that food is also gone. If they don't eat, they will all die. And they need to gain strength, because they need to try to get help themselves. There is only one horrible solution: they will have to eat the dead people...

Despite the fact that this may sound horrible to many, I must say that it isn't as bad as you may think. Of course you'll see them cut a piece out of the bodies and eat it, but it is done in a watchable way. I'm sure that only the very faint of heart will not be able to watch it. It's a part of the story, but it is never shown in a too spectacular or sensational way.

All in all this is a very interesting movie. I asked myself several times: 'What would you do if you were in that situation? Would you eat it or not?' I'm not sure, but I guess I would, but that's not why I tell you this. Just the fact that I was able to think about it in this way shows that it wasn't too bloody or with too much gore (I really don't like that). That's why I reward this movie with a 7.5/10.

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