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Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (2008)

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91

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 3

Stranded is a thoroughly uplifting account of the well-known tragedy, with touching testimony from remaining survivors.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

Stranded is a thoroughly uplifting account of the well-known tragedy, with touching testimony from remaining survivors.

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The events that followed the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in 1974 are, by now, notorious. The survivors, members of a rugby team left to fend for themselves in the Andes, ultimately resorted to cannibalism for the sake of survival, devouring the flesh of their dead companions. As a result, 16 men (of the initial 45) managed to stay alive on a frozen glacier for an incredible ten weeks. The story prompted a best-selling nonfiction tome by Piers Paul Read, a 1993 feature dramatization

Apr 28, 2009

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

Stranded is remarkable documentary filmmaking, unflinching and full of unlikely grace.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Stranded is a magnificent achievement: a true nonfiction epic that makes its predecessors seem puny. What were the Academy Awards voters thinking when they recently rejected it from this year's documentary competition?

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Can you call a movie 'feel-good' if it includes an aviation disaster, a deadly avalanche, and human cannibalism? That's the paradox of the grueling yet ultimately exhilarating Stranded.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A film impossible to forget.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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We are a bit less fraudulently sure of ourselves afterward.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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a gripping tale of rescue and escape from death

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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... a serious documentary which is respectful of the feelings of all concerned, and gives the survivors ample time to explain their choices.

December 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Suspenseful and powerful.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie far outdistances the two earlier, partially fictionalized film accounts of the incident and goes against expectations at every turn to be an eerie, unsettling and strangely inspiring survival epic.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's more disturbing than a fiction film could get. If you love true-life survival stories... this is the ultimate one! Unbelievable!

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Far too long at 126 minutes, "Stranded" adds little to what we have already been told about this heroic tale of survival. First hand accounts of cannibalism are handled deftly and with respect, but that is not enough to carry an entire film

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

I...encourage anyone who appreciates a fascinating, exciting and well-told true story to see this film.

November 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

"Stranded" may be the ultimate tale of survival, but Arijon's film is distinctly spiritual.

November 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

In Stranded, the endless whiteness of the plane crash survivors' new environment comes to reflect and affect their evolving "society."

October 27, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

An uplifting tale of triumph over nature and a moving tribute to the indomitability of the human spirit.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Once again, the specifics of Uruguayan Air Flight 571 are told well, but a real understanding of what survivors went through is still out of reach.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

some may be put off by the subject matter but it's a remarkable and really touching film. this is the true story, as told by the survivors, of the uruguayan rugby team that crashed in the andes in 1974, lost for more than two months and forced to resort to cannibalism
May 28, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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The documentary "Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains" recounts in gripping detail the 1972 ordeal suffered by a group of Uruguayan rugby players whose airplane crashed in the Andes. Seventy-two days later, 16 survivors came home, having endured injuries, life-threatening cold, starvation, avalanches and unspeakable emotional and physical hardship. Their remarkable story was the subject of the 1974 book "Alive," which was later turned into a fictionalized movie. But here the survivors themselves finally appear on camera to recount and in large part relive their tale, a harrowing story of courage and spiritual transcendence. Their talking-head interviews are punctuated by reenactments, a few ghostly photographs they took during their time in the mountains and footage of their return to the site of the crash two years ago, with family members in tow. Filmmaker Gonzalo Arijon treats the men's story with compassion and sensitivity, especially regarding the cannibalism to which they resorted in order to survive -- a topic of sensationalized media coverage at the time. "Stranded" combines the derring-do of classic adventure tales with far more serious issues of moral agency. And it serves as a haunting reminder to seek joy and beauty, even in the depths of despair.
June 24, 2009
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C.R. Lopez

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