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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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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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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 (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
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
Chris Dolbec .... construction buyer
Chris Dolbec .... construction buyer: art department
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 editor
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Christopher Assells .... dialogue editor
Eric Batut .... production sound mixer
Gregg Baxter .... supervising sound editor
Bob Beher .... sound crew coordinator
Lon Bender .... additional audio
Denis Blackerby .... adr recordist
Stuart Copely .... dialogue editor (as Stuart Copley)
Tony Currie .... dialogue editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound effects supervisor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor (as Avram Gold)
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Victor Iorillo .... foley editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Constance A. Kazmer .... adr editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza .... assistant sound editor (as Mark A. Lanza)
Judson Leach .... assistant sound 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 .... supervising sound editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... foley supervisor (as Peter Sullivan)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
Jeff Watts .... adr editor
Kim Waugh .... additional audio
Marshall Winn .... foley editor
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)
Tony Lazarowich .... special effects assistant (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)
Kim Smith .... model maker; miniature unit (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: "a" camera
Andre Fleuren .... director of photography: second unit (as André Fleuren)
Glen Forrieter .... dolly grip
Bobby Huber .... key grip
Gaetan Jalbert .... gaffer: treck unit
Shaun Lawless .... lighting technician
John Le Roy .... key rigging grip
Armin Matter .... camera operator: "b" camera
Marty McInally .... first assistant camera: second unit
Timothy Robin Spencer .... "b" camera first assistant
Carey Toner .... grip
Roger Vernon .... camera operator: "b" camera
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)
Location Management
Dow Griffith .... location manager
Robin Mounsey .... location manager
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
Matt Walker .... music executive (uncredited)
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
Hector McKenzie .... mountain safety crew (as Hector MacKenzie)
Heather Meehan .... production staff
Robin Mounsey .... helicopter & 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
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Did You Know?

The cross shown in the end credits is not the real cross that stands at the burial place. You can see the real cross on the Wikipedia page for 1972 Andes Flight disaster. The cross and crash site are reachable in the South American summer via horseback. There are guided trips to the site. The cross is surrounded by items visitors have left in honor of the victims and the survivors - as well as parts of the wreckage of the plane.See more »
Errors in geography: The story takes place in the southern hemisphere. However, the sun orientation suggests that they are in the northern hemisphere. Based on what is being described as East and West in the movie, the sun should be slightly to the north during the day, but it's slightly to the south.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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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Film!!!, 15 August 1999
Author: PeachHamBeach from Morro Bay, Hammett Valley, Twin Rocks

Alive is a great movie experience. It is based on a true event in 1972 and on the narrative book by Piers Paul Read. It's about a Uraguayan college rugby team whose chartered airplane crashed deep in the icy Andes Mountains while on its way to a game in Santiago, Chile. Reeling with disbelief and shock and bleeding from dozens of wounds, the passengers who lived through the crash are faced with the brutal elements, starvation and the horror that they may never be found alive. The cast is terrific: Ethan Hawke as Nando, the levelheaded, determined leader; Vincent Spano as desperate Antonio, whose optimism slowly crumbles under the weight of hopelessness; Josh Hamilton as medical student Roberto, who tirelessly treats gangrenous wounds knowing his ministrations are useless; and especially Bruce Ramsay as Carlitos, whose unwavering faith in God and his sense of dark humor ("If you eat me, will you promise to clean your plates?") acts as the glue that holds this wet, shivering clump of survivors together. You indeed can feel the cold and the misery as you watch these poor people wade through waist deep snow, endure a nightmarish avalanche, spend days at a time soaked to their skins in minus forty degree winds, and face the ultimate decision that will make or break them physically, emotionally and spiritually: whether or not they can bring themselves to eat the bodies of friends and relatives who did not survive the crash. Everything in this movie, from James Newton Howard's touching music score to the unbeatable cinematography showing the majesty and severity of the Andes, is beautiful and flawless. This movie is one I'd recommend to anyone who wants an exciting, touching, unforgettable movie to chew on for years to come.

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