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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The crash sequence took nine days to film. As the set was mounted on a huge gimbal, most of the cast were taking motion sickness pills as they spent a large amount of time being tossed about. See more »

Goofs

When Antonio is scolding the others for eating all the rations, the reflections of several crew members, a lighting unit, and a mic are visible in one of the survivor's sunglasses. 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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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.100 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Dionne Warwick
Courtesy of Warner Special Products
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Truly stunning tale of courage and human ingenuity
14 November 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Frank Marshall's "Alive" is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, a tale of great courage and human ingenuity.

Although the story was filmed previously (and cheaply) by Rene Cardona as "Survive", this retelling is superior in every department and resonates with me years after I first saw it at the cinema.

James Newton Howard's score is truly beautiful and incredibly powerful for its ability to convey both the hopelessness of the situation (trying to survive in the Andes) and the awesome wonder of such a savage land. In fact, the score takes the film from very good to great.

The rendering of Schubert's "Ave Maria" over the rousing climax, with its superbly lensed images by Peter Levy, is one of cinema's most emotional, transporting moments.

Stunning!


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