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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nando Parrado
... Antonio Balbi
... Roberto Canessa
... Carlitos Páez
... Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín (as John Haymes Newton)
David Kriegel ... Gustavo Zerbino
... Roy Harley
... Javier Methol
... Lilliana Methol
... Bobby François
... Federico Aranda
... Alberto Artuna
... Rafael Cano (as Michael De Lorenzo)
... Fraga, the Mechanic
... Hugo Díaz
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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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15 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alive: The Miracle of the Andes  »

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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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Several real passengers on the plane were not depicted in the movie. These include Gaston Costemalle, Alexis Hounie, Guido Magri, Felipe Maquirriain, and Julio Martinez-Lamas. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in the southern hemisphere. However, the sun orientation suggests that they are in the northern hemisphere. Based on what is being described as East and West in the movie, the sun should be slightly to the north during the day, but it's slightly to the south. 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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Referenced in Father Ted: The Mainland (1998) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Not like everyone else sees it
5 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I first saw the film "Alive" on video. I really wish I had seen it in the theater as it was probably one of the better films to come out around that time. I thought it was well shot, well acted and the fact that the real survivors were on hand as technical advisors showed me that the film was as accurate as it could be. One of the frustrations Ive come across in discussing this film is when you mention it to someone, and their immediate response is "isn't that the movie where they all eat each other?"...obviously, these people latched on to one small part of the story, and feel it is the basis for the entire movie. I found "Alive" to be more of an uplifting story. Sure, there's cannibalism involved, but in the 2 hours the film takes, cannibalism is focused on for approximately 10-15 minutes. I, instead, found myself moved by the determination of these young boys to survive. The plane crash, the avalanche, starvation, illness...all insurmountable odds stacking themselves against them, and they STILL found the strength to preserve their own lives. Alive as a movie about cannibalism? No. It is an example of the human spirit, and (I use the term again) an uplifting film with many touching moments. In closing, I borrow a line from the film..."If I die, you can eat me". :-)


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