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Alive (1993)




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This film, based on a book by Piers Paul Read, is based upon a real-life plane crash where the survivors were forced to turn to cannibalism to remain alive. The movie explores the survivors' struggles to find a way out of their dilemma and back to warmth and safety.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Patrick Shanley, Steven Zaillian, Monte Merrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2002
Buena Vista


Bruce Ramsay
as Carlitos
Sam Behrens
as Javier Methol
Illeana Douglas
as Lilliana Methol
Jack Noseworthy
as Bobby Francois
Christian J. Meoli
as Federico Aranda
Jake Carpenter
as Alberto Antuna
Michael DeLorenzo
as Rafael Cano
Danny Nucci
as Hugo Diaz
Michael De Lorenzo
as Rafael Cano
David Cubitt
as Fito Strauch
Gian DiDonna
as Eduardo Strauch
John Cassini
as Daniel Fernandez
Michael Woolson
as Juan Martino
Chad Willett
as Pablo Montero
Richard Ian Cox
as Moncho Sabella
Gordon Currie
as Coche Inciarte
Ele Keats
as Susana Parrado
Josh Lucas
as Felipe Restano
Silvio Pollio
as Alex Morales
Nuno Antunes
as Alvaro Mangino
Michael Tayles
as Pancho Delgado
Steven Shayler
as Pedro Algorta
Jason Gaffney
as Victor Bolarich
Diana Barrington
as Senora Alfonsin
Jan D'Arcy
as Eugenia Parrado
Seth James Arnett
as Tomas Alonso
Fiona Roeske
as Senora Solana
Tony Morelli
as Martinez
Patrick Ramano
as Jorge Armas
John Malkovich
as Nando 20 Yrs. Later
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Critic Reviews for Alive

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 15, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Intense, based-on-a true-story survival tale is riveting.

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Alive

A thrilling true story of survival, Alive is a good film with a good cast. The film is a must see, but compared to other survivalist films, is not excellent by any means. I felt that some of the dialogue was cheesy, and that the script at times didn't. Frank Marshall's directing is clumsy at times, but he's able to direct something consistent most of the time. Alive could have been much better than this, but it somehow succeeds at delivering everything you'd expect from a survival drama, even with its imperfections. This is a good film about the courage of the human spirit, and though it isn't perfect, it's an entertaining film that is a remarkable story, however considering that, it could have been better. Some parts of the film are cheesy, and tend to go for the feel good factor too often. Alive could have been a great film, one to remember, however as a whole it ends up just being a good film, instead of the great film that it tried to be. There's just something missing from this film to really make it a standout survival drama film. I think that the script is slightly undeveloped and could have been better than what it turned out to be. Nonetheless, this is a good film with a good cast who deliver some good performances, but it does lack sometimes, and feels almost cheesy despite the subject matter. I think that the film could have been a bit more authentic in the way the events unfolded, and that the filmmakers could have toned down the traditional Hollywood drama, and presented the full facts. Despite its flaws, Alive is still a film worth seeing.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

"I'm proud to be a man on a day like this."

Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.

Frank Marshall's film adaptation of the book recounting the 1972 plane crash in the Andes of a Uruguayan soccer team is a long (try about 2 and 3/4 hours) film that spares little in the grueling endurance test that the surviving members of the crash face. It was (in 1993) populated by a mostly nameless cast in a deft move by producers to keep the characters involved central to the story. Ethan Hawke is about the biggest name in this film,and even though his character carries much of the weight of the movie's storyline, the group effort to endure and ultimately survive this trial is still the true focus here.

To me, this film was very difficult to watch, and the cannibalism storyline (which is dealt with very tastefully and soberly) is not my primary reason for that. As mentioned before, it is a long and detailed recount, where you the audience feel the shock, pain, expectations, dashed hopes, fears, tragedies, soul-searching, grief and (finally) joy of everyone involved. It is a gut-wrenching experience all around and I dare anyone who sees this film and pays any attention to it to say otherwise.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


Ok its sad what happened to those that this actually happened to , but the movie is just so boring!!i don think it fully capture what those people actuallly had to o hrough and how they must of felt !!
Some of te characters actuallly annoy me and i wouldnt have been able to put up with them

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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