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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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They survived the impossible...by doing the unthinkable. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Nando Parrado (Ethan Hawke's character) was technical advisor to the film. See more »

Goofs

At two different points, a safety cable can be seen attached to 3 of the actors. Once (at around 1 min) during one of the first expeditions to find the tail of the airplane there are 5 walking. The glacier collapses under the feet of the lead boy, leaving him dangling off the edge of a crevasse. The cable pulls up from the snow just under the actor as Canessa and the others pull him back up. The second time (at around 1h 45 mins) is when Canessa slides off a rock, just as they are reaching the top of the mountain. Nando attaches a safety belt from the Fairchild to his belt and Tin Tin braces himself to lower Nando to Canessa. The thin cable that is hooked to the actor who plays Canessa is partially buried in the snow and pulls up breaking the snow for an instant. You can also see this cable threaded through Nando's left leg of his pants. As the scenes shift, Tintin is sitting on it, and it's also snaked on Nando's left side against the mountain. See more »

Quotes

Nando: Between these mountains somewhere there's a green valley. See these mountains over here? There's no snow on them.
Roberto Canessa: Those mountains must be fifty miles away. You think you can walk fifty miles?
Nando: If we have to, we will.
Roberto Canessa: I can't.
Nando: Yes, you can.
Roberto Canessa: I can't. I'm not as strong as you.
Nando: 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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The Look Of Love
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
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Very believable
26 March 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

"Alive" is the kind of movie that you wouldn't believe if you didn't know in advance that it was based on true events. If you didn't know better, you would say it was all made up by some scenarist with too much of inspiration, looking for a spectacular and sometimes shocking script. But unfortunately enough it all really happened, which makes the movie interesting to watch.

For those who don't know the story yet, it is based on what happened to the Uruguayan rugby team during and after their plane crash in the middle of the Andes mountains in 1972. Some of them survive the initial crash, some wounded, others only with some minor scratches. They pray that they will soon be found, but no search team is coming to rescue them. At first they keep themselves alive by eating what they find in the luggage of the passengers, but soon that food is also gone. If they don't eat, they will all die. And they need to gain strength, because they need to try to get help themselves. There is only one horrible solution: they will have to eat the dead people...

Despite the fact that this may sound horrible to many, I must say that it isn't as bad as you may think. Of course you'll see them cut a piece out of the bodies and eat it, but it is done in a watchable way. I'm sure that only the very faint of heart will not be able to watch it. It's a part of the story, but it is never shown in a too spectacular or sensational way.

All in all this is a very interesting movie. I asked myself several times: 'What would you do if you were in that situation? Would you eat it or not?' I'm not sure, but I guess I would, but that's not why I tell you this. Just the fact that I was able to think about it in this way shows that it wasn't too bloody or with too much gore (I really don't like that). That's why I reward this movie with a 7.5/10.


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