Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 6.9/10 (20,531 voted)
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton
The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager rations and through the freezing cold. The only thing the team has riding on after losing so many of their good friends and family members is the slim chance of making it through alive and their faithfulness to God.
Writers: Piers Paul Read, John Patrick Shanley
Antonio 'Tintín' Vizintín
(as John Haymes Newton)
Christian J. Meoli
(as Michael De Lorenzo)
Fraga, the Mechanic
The triumph of the human spirit.
Release Date: 15 January 1993
Filming Locations: British Columbia, Canada
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Did You Know?
The crash sequence took nine days to film. As the set was mounted on a huge gimbel, most of the cast were taking motion sickness pills as they spent a large amount of time being tossed about.
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.
I'm proud to be a man on a day like this.
The best that could have been done.
Critics often fault Alive with petty complaints: Gee, wasn't the avalanche
convenient plot device? Why didn't the plane have signal flares? How come
the survivors were all those pretty boys? Why don't we see the dramatic
search? In doing so, they're faulting reality: The avalanche really did
happen when and how it was portrayed. The wreckage really did lack signal
flares. The plane really was chartered by a bunch of ruggedly handsome
men — what else do you expect from a rugby team? And yes, the search was
dramatic (the moment when Roberta Cannessa's father learned that his son
alive is one of those stranger-than-fiction moments), but it was enough of
task to compress the survivors' story into a feature film. The search
have comprised another film entirely on its own.
How do you compress nearly three months of terror and tedium into less
two hours while still holding the attention of the audience? It's a
task, and Alive manages quite nicely. With technical consulting provided
crash survivor Nando Parrado, Alive captures the look and mood of the
site, and sketches in the relationships among the passengers of the
It leaves many strange questions hanging (Where, in this plane full of
mostly unmarried adults, does Nando come up with two tiny red sneakers?)
those questions are best answered by reading the book. And watch Alive
again. Things become clearer with multiple viewings.