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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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Nando Parrado
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Antonio Balbi
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Roberto Canessa
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Carlitos Páez
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Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín (as John Haymes Newton)
David Kriegel ...
Gustavo Zerbino
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Roy Harley
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Javier Methol
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Lilliana Methol
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Bobby François
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Federico Aranda
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Alberto Artuna
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Rafael Cano (as Michael De Lorenzo)
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Fraga, the Mechanic
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Hugo Díaz
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Fito Strauch
Gian DiDonna ...
Eduardo Strauch (as Gian Di Donna)
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Daniel Fernández
Michael Woolson ...
Juan Martino
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Pablo Montero
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Moncho Sabella
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Coche Inciarte
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Susana Parrado
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Felipe Restano (as Joshua Lucas)
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Álex Morales
Nuno Antunes ...
Álvaro Mangino
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Pancho Delgado
Steven Shayler ...
Pedro Algorta
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Víctor Bolarich
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Co-Pilot
Michael Sicoly ...
Pilot Julio César Ferradas
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Mrs. Alfonsín
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Eugenia Parrado
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Steward
Seth Arnett ...
Tomás Alonso (as Seth James Arnett)
Aurelio DiNunzio ...
Dr. Solana (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
Fiona Roeske ...
Mrs. Solana
Tony Morelli ...
Martínez, the Navigator
Pat Romano ...
Jorge Armas
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Old Carlitos / Narrator (uncredited)
Tom Raudaschl ...
Team Member (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Marshall

Written by

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Piers Paul Read ... (book)
 
John Patrick Shanley ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Bruce Cohen ... co-producer
Kathleen Kennedy ... producer
Robert Watts ... producer

Music by

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James Newton Howard

Cinematography by

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Peter James

Film Editing by

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William Goldenberg
Michael Kahn

Editorial Department

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Carlyn Montes De Oca ... first assistant film editor
Phil Downey ... color timer
Caroline Hardon ... assistant editor: Canada
Mark L. Levine ... assistant editor
William Shaffer ... assistant editor
Sean T. Stratton ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Mike Fenton
Valorie Massalas

Production Design by

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Norman Reynolds

Art Direction by

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Fred Hole ... (as Frederick Hole)

Set Decoration by

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Tedd Kuchera

Costume Design by

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Jennifer L. Parsons

Makeup Department

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Lorna Barria ... special makeup effects artist
Donna Bis ... hair department head
Russell Cate ... special makeup effects artist
Nick Dudman ... makeup artist: John Malkovitch
James Gawley ... makeup artist
Linda Gill ... makeup artist
Raymond Mackintosh ... special makeup effects artist
Robert A. Pandini ... hair stylist
Gordon J. Smith ... special makeup effects designer

Production Management

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Stewart Bethune ... unit manager / unit manager: second unit
Justis Greene ... unit production manager
Crawford Hawkins ... post-production supervisor: Vancouver

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bill Bannerman ... second assistant director
Richard Coleman ... first assistant director: second unit
Katterli Frauenfelder ... first assistant director
Jacquie Gould ... third assistant director
John Lind ... third assistant director
Norman Reynolds ... second unit director
Jonathan Schneider ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Chris Claridge ... construction foreman
Chris Dolbec ... construction buyer / construction buyer: art department
Adrian Dowell ... scenic carpenter
Dean Eilertson ... assistant property master
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn ... assistant property master
Liz Goldwyn ... art department coordinator
John Hamilton ... lead painter
Mark Howes ... scenic carpenter
Charles Leitrants ... construction coordinator
David Lowery ... storyboard artist
Dale Menzies ... carpenter
Bill Thumm ... property master (as Bill Thumm)
John G. Anderson ... construction buyer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Willy Allen ... foley editor
James Ashwill ... foley mixer
Christopher Assells ... dialogue editor
Eric Batut ... production sound mixer
Gregg Baxter ... supervising sound editor
Bob Beher ... sound crew coordinator
Lon Bender ... additional audio
Denis Blackerby ... adr recordist
Stuart Copely ... dialogue editor (as Stuart Copley)
Tony Currie ... dialogue editor
Scott Martin Gershin ... sound effects supervisor
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley recordist
Chris Glyn-Jones ... boom operator
Avram D. Gold ... adr editor (as Avram Gold)
Hilda Hodges ... foley artist
Victor Iorillo ... foley editor
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Constance A. Kazmer ... adr editor
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza ... assistant sound editor (as Mark A. Lanza)
Judson Leach ... assistant sound editor
Glenn T. Morgan ... dialogue editor
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Matt Patterson ... recordist: Skywalker Sound
Frank Smathers ... sound effects editor
Wylie Stateman ... supervising sound editor
Peter Michael Sullivan ... foley supervisor (as Peter Sullivan)
Bill Voigtlander ... adr editor
Jeff Watts ... adr editor
Kim Waugh ... additional audio
Marshall Winn ... foley editor
George Tarrant ... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Allinson ... special effects technician
Brian Q. Kelley ... effects editorial
Michael Lantieri ... special effects consultant
Lars Lenander ... chief mechanical designer
Jules Mann ... assistant model maker
Reg Milne ... special effects assistant
Randy Shymkiw ... special effects unit coordinator
Terry Sonderhoff ... special effects technician
John Thomas ... special effects coordinator
Michael Walls ... special effects technician
Dan Cervin ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Tony Lazarowich ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Joel Aron ... lead technical assistant
Jil-Sheree Bergin ... visual effects producer
Scott Farrar ... special visual effects supervisor
Bill George ... visual effects art director
Michael Gleason ... visual effects editor
John Goodson ... model maker
Jennifer Hall Lee ... optical line-up: ILM (as Jennifer Lee)
Greg Maloney ... digital compositor (ILM)
Richard Miller ... model maker
Jim Morris ... general manager: ILM
Vance Piper ... effects camera assistant
William Powloski ... visual effects
Stuart Robertson ... digital effects supervisor: ILM
Mehran Salamati ... visual effects cameraman
Leah Anton ... digital artist (uncredited)
Wendy Bonn ... visual effects apprentice (uncredited)
Susan Adele Colletta ... post production coordinator: ILM (uncredited)
Scott Ross ... general manager: ILM (uncredited)
Kim Smith ... model maker; miniature unit (uncredited)

Stunts

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Charles Andre ... stunts
Jim Dunn ... stunt double: John Newton / stunts
Gary Hymes ... stunt coordinator
David Jacox ... stunts (as David Jacox Jr.)
Kirk Jarrett ... stunts (as James Kirk Jarrett)
Connie Kennedy ... stunts
J.J. Makaro ... stunt coordinator: Canada
Mike Mitchell ... stunts
Fred Perron ... stunts
Tom Raudaschl ... stunts
Jacob Rupp ... stunts
Brian Smrz ... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp ... stunts
Melissa R. Stubbs ... stunts
Marc Whalen ... stunts
Brent Woolsey ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dan Bennett ... best boy grip
Marco Ciccone ... second assistant camera
Douglas Craik ... first assistant camera
David Crone ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator (as Dave Crone)
Andre Fleuren ... director of photography: second unit (as André Fleuren)
Glen Forrieter ... dolly grip
Bobby Huber ... key grip
Gaetan Jalbert ... gaffer: treck unit
Shaun Lawless ... lighting technician
John Le Roy ... key rigging grip
Armin Matter ... camera operator: "b" camera
Marty McInally ... first assistant camera: second unit
Timothy Robin Spencer ... "b" camera first assistant
Carey Toner ... grip
Roger Vernon ... camera operator: "b" camera
Steve Wright ... helicopter pilot: camera helicopter (as Steven J. Wright)
Dan Henshaw ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michelle Baines ... costume set supervisor
Barbara Marko Friedman ... costumer
Christina Petford ... costumer

Location Management

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Dow Griffith ... location manager
Robin Mounsey ... location manager

Music Department

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Chris Boardman ... orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist
Brad Dechter ... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Bruce Dukov ... musician (violin)
James Newton Howard ... orchestrator
Michael Mason ... score co-producer
Mark McKenzie ... orchestrator
Maria Newman ... musician
David Olson ... music editor
Marty Paich ... conductor
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Jim Weidman ... music editor
Matt Walker ... music executive (uncredited)

Other crew

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Chris Atkinson ... mountain safety crew
Paul Berstein ... mountain safety crew (as Paul Berntson)
Beth Cahn ... assistant to producer
Gina D'Orazio ... assistant: Frank Marshall
Scott Flavelle ... mountain safety crew
Gretchen Goode ... production coordinator
Leesa Green ... craft service
George A. Grieve ... aviation coordinator (as George Grieve)
Daniel Griffith ... mountain safety crew
Hector McKenzie ... mountain safety crew (as Hector MacKenzie)
Heather Meehan ... production staff
Robin Mounsey ... helicopter & mountain safety coordinator
Lee Anne Muldoon ... unit publicist
Nando Parrado ... technical advisor
Dan Perri ... title designer: main titles
Allen E. Taylor ... production accountant
Kim Wozniak ... location accountant
Steve Wright ... helicopter coordinator (as Steven J. Wright)
Bill Bannerman ... aerial assistant director (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines They survived the impossible...by doing the unthinkable. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les survivants (Canada, French title)
  • Les survivants (France)
  • Überleben! (Germany)
  • ¡Viven! (Spain)
  • Elossa! (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $32,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,624,292, 17 Jan 1993

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Trivia During their westward trek out of the mountains, Canessa tells Nando he sees a road to the east; nevertheless they continue towards the west. A 2005 expedition recreating their journey from the crash site confirmed that Canessa was actually correct and what he saw was indeed a road. See more »
Goofs In reality, the plane tail was ripped off by the torn-off right wing which had clipped a mountain peak before. In the movie, it's the tail clipping a mountain peak and then being ripped off. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Matinee/Alive/Body of Evidence/Sniper (1993). See more »
Soundtracks The Look Of Love 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. Alive. That I lived to see it, and see it in such a place. Take it in. I love you, man. Look, it's magnificent. It's God. And it'll carry us over every stone, I swear. I swear to you.
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