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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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They survived the impossible...by doing the unthinkable. See more »


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

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A script for this story was kicking around Hollywood from 1981. The subject matter of cannibalism and a schlocky Mexican adaptation Survive! (1976) were the two main factors for keeping it off the screen until 1993. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Nando Parrado gives one of the little red shoes, purchased by his mother for her grandchild, to Eduardo Strauch. In real life, he gave the shoe to Carlitos Páez. See more »

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Federico Aranda: Are we supposed to fly that close to the mountains?
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Connections

Featured in Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: Disaster Movies (2019) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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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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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 Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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