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A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.

Director:

Frank Marshall

Writers:

Piers Paul Read (book), John Patrick Shanley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alive See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,624,292, 18 January 1993

Gross USA:

$36,733,909

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,733,909
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real plane crashed on Friday the 13 October 1972. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Antonio Balbi: Zerbino, are you okay?
Gustavo Zerbino: People are hurt, Antonio! I've only been in med school six months!
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Triumph of the human spirit
17 April 2000 | by smstenmarkSee all my reviews

I would like to say how powerful the movie is. Being forced into a circumstance where you are being tested constantly in order to survive for 72 days. I thought that the acting in such a disaster film was expressed decently. Although critics and viewers(why then did you waste your money?) nitpick the dialogue, it ran smoothly in the compressed time given. Exactly how would you pass the time in conversation if you survived the plane crash, freezing temperatures, hunger and watching other people die in front you for 72 days? I don't think the dialogue was that bad, considering the time slot and trying to keep the story interesting for its two hours. When I first saw it, I was shocked by the plane crash sequence. I first thought it was all about cannibalism-like the Donner party- but it wasn't. It was more about keeping hope alive and working together even when despair and dying seems easier to give in to. What the rugby teammates did under the circumstances was incredible until they made the solution to hike out and get help. I haven't read the book its based on, yet I read a little about the actual people who went through the ordeal. There are similarities and contrasts with the real-life story and the movie. I appreciate the movie after seeing several times and the actual story behind it. I think it's one of the most fantastic films that I have seen.


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