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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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Frank Marshall

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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 »


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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: The Miracle of the Andes 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, 17 January 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,733,909
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nando Parrado's determination to escape was driven by the thought of his father, Seler Parrado, suffering back in Montevideo. He could not bear the thought of his father grieving for his wife, daughter and son, when the son was still alive. In the movie, when Nando and Canessa reach the top of a peak and see only more mountains, Canessa despairs and is convinced they will die in the Andes. In real life, Nando instead named the mountain Mt. Seler, after his father, and drew on his absolute determination to see him again to keep going. 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 »

Quotes

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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The best that could have been done.
20 April 1999 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

Critics often fault Alive with petty complaints: Gee, wasn't the avalanche a convenient plot device? Why didn't the plane have signal flares? How come the survivors were all those pretty boys? Why don't we see the dramatic search? In doing so, they're faulting reality: The avalanche really did happen when and how it was portrayed. The wreckage really did lack signal flares. The plane really was chartered by a bunch of ruggedly handsome young men -- what else do you expect from a rugby team? And yes, the search was dramatic (the moment when Roberta Cannessa's father learned that his son is alive is one of those stranger-than-fiction moments), but it was enough of a task to compress the survivors' story into a feature film. The search would have comprised another film entirely on its own.

How do you compress nearly three months of terror and tedium into less than two hours while still holding the attention of the audience? It's a daunting task, and Alive manages quite nicely. With technical consulting provided by crash survivor Nando Parrado, Alive captures the look and mood of the crash site, and sketches in the relationships among the passengers of the ill-fated flight.

It leaves many strange questions hanging (Where, in this plane full of mostly unmarried adults, does Nando come up with two tiny red sneakers?) and those questions are best answered by reading the book. And watch Alive again. Things become clearer with multiple viewings.


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