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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton, Bruce Ramsay, John Newton
  • Directors: Frank Marshall
  • Writers: John Patrick Shanley, Piers Paul Read
  • Producers: Bruce Cohen, Kathleen Kennedy, Robert Watts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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True story of a rugby team's plane crash in the freezing Andes mountains and their efforts to survive.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This 1993 docudrama capably illustrates the plight of those who were on the plane that crashed in the Andes mountains in October 1972. A Uruguayan rugby team, their friends, and relatives had chartered a plane to fly them from Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile for a rugby match. Forty five people went down with the plane, high up in the Andes mountains. Seventy days later, only sixteen of them were still alive. This film is the story of their struggle to survive and the lengths to which they went to ensure that they would.
The film was done in collaboration with some of the original survivors in order to lend authenticity of detail to the film. The filmmakers tried to recreate the experiences of those who were trapped in the mountains and were forced to resort to anthropophagy in order to survive. It is a well made film, which attempts to depict the ordeal of those who were on that ill fated flight. It pretty much follows the events outlined in the book of the same name by Piers Paul Read.
The movie has breathtaking scenery of snow capped mountains. The crash of the plane is one of the most harrowing on film. The treatment of the issue of anthropophagy is not sensationalized and is grounded in the context of the faith of those who were on that fateful flight. All in all, the film is a well made and well cast accolade to the endurance and faith of those who were on that ill fated flight and struggled to survive, despite the odds against them. It is certainly well worth watching.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Without repeating what the other reviews have said about the plot. This is one of the best films made in the 90's and depicts a true story of the plight of a remarkable group of young people struggling against the awesome power of mother nature. Time and again surviving tragedy after tragedy. You see the natural leadership of the Rugby team captain crushed when he realises the search for them has been called off, and the strength of character of Nando and Kenessa (spell check please) who take over leadership and decide that canibalism is the only way they will get strength enough to climb their way out of the mountains to get help. They are a highly moral and religious group of people and this film sensitively shows how they struggle with the need to survive and the need to be able to live with themselves if they DO survive by eating the remains of their dead friends and family.
This really is a must see film. If you havent seen it then buy it, or at least ring me and I'll lend you mine!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By walterwadejunior@hotmail.com on 9 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
What starts with some background narration (made by uncredited actor John Malcovich) and a terrifying and expertly directed plane crash, the film is a fact-based story of a group of people trying desperately to survive in the remote, snowy Andes mountains.
The thing which makes this film so watchable is that what happens actually DID happen in 1972 to a group of young Uruagian rugby players and some of their friends and relatives on a way to a match in neighbouring Chile.
The film is emotional and shocking in some parts but this is all what makes "Alive" so engrossing as we follow the journeys made by the stronger survivors, the friendships made and the petty squables between contrasting characters.
The acting is excellent and there are many recognisable faces, including Ethan Hawke and Josh Hamilton who play the main two protagonists in the movie, and whose relationship changes as the story unfolds. Also the musical score (composed by James Netwon Howard) is uplifting and complements the film greatly.
This film is well worth a look, especially if you haven't seen it yet, and get a box of tissues if you're the weepy type!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A true story of a South American rugby team, who's plane crashes in the Andes mountains. The majority of the passengers miraculously survive the initial impact and are left to struggle for survival for over 70 days in, the most extreme, sub zero weather conditions.
The acting is supurb by the non-famous cast; Ethan Hawke is the only 'name' that I had heard of, but he is overshadowed by the others, espesially Josh Hamilton who is brilliant. Some hillarious moments of black-comedy too.
Filmed on location in the Rocky Mountains of Canada with the special effects provided by George Lucus' "Industrial Light and Magic", this film has all the visuals of a big budget movie with the rare qualities of a b-movie.
A highly emotional and compelling tale that leaves you spiritually touched. A must see for people who apreciate a quality movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vonstar on 28 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I recently got the audio book Miracle in the Andies written by Nando Parrado which is the true story that inspired the making of the movie "Alive". Although tragic and the fact that it is a true story, it shows you the determination and faith that encouraged them, and gave them the strength to do whatever it takes the reach civilisation to save those who did make it through the horrific plane crash. Well worth a watch, and makes you realise you should appreciate every day. Film 8/10 audio book 10/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clairey2828 on 22 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great film based on the true story of the 1972 Andes plane crash. People survived after going through hell until their survival. After reading interviews with the victims online, they stated it was worse than the film made out...astonishing!!
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