Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

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“Alive” is a survival drama film released in 1993, directed by Frank Marshall. The movie is based on the true story of the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes mountains in 1972.

The film follows the harrowing experiences of the 45 passengers and crew members who survive the initial plane crash. Stranded in the harsh and freezing conditions of the Andes, they face a desperate struggle for survival.

With limited supplies and no hope of immediate rescue, the survivors must contend with hunger, freezing temperatures, and injuries sustained during the crash. As days turn into weeks, they face the agonizing decision to eat the bodies of the deceased to stay alive.

“Alive” is a gripping and emotional portrayal of the human will to survive in extreme circumstances. The film delves into themes of friendship, sacrifice, and the strength of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity.

The film’s ensemble cast, which includes Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, and Josh Hamilton, delivers powerful performances, capturing the physical and emotional toll of their characters’ ordeal.

“Alive” received critical acclaim for its realistic depiction of the survivors’ plight and the ethical dilemmas they face. The film’s direction, cinematography, and special effects contribute to its gripping and visceral portrayal of the crash and its aftermath.

While “Alive” is a compelling and moving film, it also serves as a respectful tribute to the real-life survivors and the challenges they overcame. Their story of survival and resilience has inspired audiences and continues to be a touchstone for those who appreciate gripping true-life survival dramas.

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  • Ethan Hawke: Nando Parrado
  • Josh Hamilton: Roberto Canessa
  • John Haymes Newton: Antonio “Tintin” Vizintin
  • Bruce Ramsay: Carlitos Páez
  • John Malkovich: older Carlitos Páez/Narrator
  • David Kriegel: Gustavo Zerbino
  • Jack Noseworthy: Roberto “Bobby” Francois
  • Kevin Breznahan: Roy Harley
  • David Cubitt: Adolfo “Fito” Strauch
  • Gian DiDonna: Eduardo Strauch
  • John Cassini: Daniel Fernández
  • Richard Ian Cox: Ramón “Moncho” Sabella
  • Nuno Antunes: Álvaro Mangino
  • Gordon Currie: José Luis “Coche” Inciarte
  • Sam Behrens: Javier Methol
  • Michael Tayles: Alfredo Delgado
  • Steven Shayler: José Pedro Algorta
  • Michael Sicoly: the Pilot (Col. Julio César Ferradas)
  • Jerry Wasserman: the Co-Pilot (Lt. Colonel Dante Lagurara)
  • Tony Morelli: the Navigator (Lt. Ramón Martínez)
  • José Zúñiga: the Mechanic (Sgt. Carlos “Fraga” Roque)
  • Frank Pellegrino: the Steward (Sgt. Ovidio Joaquín Ramírez)
  • Illeana Douglas: Liliana Methol
  • Ele Keats: Susana Parrado
  • Jan D’Arcy: Eugenia Parrado


  • Director: Frank Marshall
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy and Robert Watts
  • Screenplay: John Patrick Shanley

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