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
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 »
The real life counterpart of Federico Aranda (Rafael Echavarren) died on the 37th day.
In the movie, he is seen alive until the 50th day. See more »
Between these mountains somewhere there's a green valley. See these mountains over here? There's no snow on them.
Those mountains must be fifty miles away. You think you can walk fifty miles?
If we have to, we will.
Yes, you can.
I can't. I'm not as strong as you.
Do you know what it is that we've lived this long the way we have? Seventy days? That we climbed this mountain. You know what it is? It's impossible. It's impossible and we did it. I'm proud to be a man on a day like this. ...
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Given the knowledge from the onset of the movie that the story and characters are real, we are plunged into a world where man must choose whether or not he wants to survive and live to see the world as he knows it once more. The reality i felt when watching this movie was how easily we take for granted things like food to eat, clean clothes to wear, and warmth that comes from blankets and heaters. By the middle of the movie (when watching it last night after nearly 10 years) i was aghast at the sheer strength of some of all of the people that survived the initial crash of the actual plane. And when the deciding moment arrives where they must choose whether they are willing to eat human flesh to survive and find a way beyond the Andes, I found i asked myself 'what would you do?'. The answer is, i don't know. i truly don't. This movie makes you realise how precious life is, and how we should never take anything for granted. How we should be thankful of all that we have, and yet how easy it is to lose all that just by a bad twist of fate. Call this movie what you will, I think it's a must-see for everyone because it really happened. There are lessons to be learned, morals to be recognised, and questions to be asked and somehow solved. Each person/character you will encounter in this movie is unique which makes it all the more worthwhile to watch. Because you find yourself sympathetic with the viewpoints of all the men and women in the movie yet at the same time questioning what decision you would make if you were in their place. Maybe we never will know or understand what they went through. But by watching this movie and reading the book, it will help us become wiser people and possibly open our minds to the endless enigma that is life, God, and the vastness and emptiness of the world that lies not so beyond our reach.
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