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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nando Parrado
... Antonio Balbi
... Roberto Canessa
... Carlitos Páez
... Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín (as John Haymes Newton)
David Kriegel ... Gustavo Zerbino
... Roy Harley
... Javier Methol
... Lilliana Methol
... Bobby François
... Federico Aranda
... Alberto Artuna
... Rafael Cano (as Michael De Lorenzo)
... Fraga, the Mechanic
... Hugo Díaz
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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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They were ordinary young men driven to the very limits of human endurance. 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)  »

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Alive: The Miracle of the Andes  »

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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,624,292, 17 January 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,733,909
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Ethan Hawke refused to grow a beard for the film. He maintained his goatee throughout the entire filming of the movie. 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), he also doesn't have an accent like the younger version. See more »

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Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín: [debating whether to eat the bodies] I think God would want us to survive. Strive to live.
Gustavo Zerbino: At all costs?
Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín: No. I mean, we shouldn't murder innocents to live.
Gustavo Zerbino: And what about our innocence? What's gonna become of our innocence if we survive as cannibals?
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Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Dionne Warwick
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Gut-Wrenching Story Of Surviving The Impossible
31 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I can remember reading the book on which this story was based many years ago when I was in High School and being engrossed by the story. The movie version is no less engrossing, the entire story being made absolutely gut-wrenching by the fact that it's true. A South American rugby team is stranded in the remote heights of the Andes after a plane crash and has to find a way to survive the freezing temperatures, their injuries and a variety of other challenges (not the least of which is a lack of food.) The acting in it is good, but the situation itself becomes the focus rather than the actors, and so I can't really say that anyone in particular stood out to me, but that doesn't come across as a weakness here. After all, the story of survival was a story of teamwork; a "star" to the movie would have detracted from that.

This is literally gut-wrenching stuff, and I'm surprised it doesn't have a higher rating. It is not an easy movie to watch at times. The injuries are graphically portrayed, the suffering of the injured very realistic and the ultimate solution to the food problem will upset some people (but, in spite of what I've heard some say about this movie, it isn't the focus of the story. It's just an example of what had to be done to survive in an impossible situation.) It also has a surprisingly strong spiritual component to it.

Truly excellent.

10/10


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