Alive

1993

Alive

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Alive, a taut psychological drama based on a true plane crash in the Andes mountains, shows the lengths ordinary young men will go to survive. A rugby team from Uruguay charters a plane to fly across the Andes. When the plane crashes, less than 25 people survive. Attempts to locate the plane are hampered by the remote location and bad weather, and soon hope is given up for finding anyone alive. After weeks without food, huddled in the hull of the aircraft, the passengers are faced with the choice of eating the dead, or dying themselves. The excellent cast of young performers, including Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano and Illeana Douglas conveys the desperation and will to survive which lead to the eventual rescue of the survivors. The director, Frank Marshall superbly defines the dilemma faced by each of the survivors as they make their own moral decisions as to whether they will resort to cannibalism or die. The special effects are superb and the plane crash is truly spectacular, giving the viewer a first hand look at the effects of impact on the small plane. Alive -- well-acted, directed and photographed -- avoids cheap exploitation of the more sordid details of the incident and instead focuses on the heroism and determination of the survivors.

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Cast

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
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 older Carlitos Páez
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Audience Reviews for Alive

  • May 27, 2012
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2011
    <i>"I'm proud to be a man on a day like this."</i> Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash. <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> 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 v Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    A lot of the acting is sloppy, but the true story adaption of the Andes Mountains incident is inspirational through the teamwork and hope displayed.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2010
    Based on the actual events that happened from October to December 1972, Alive follows a group of passengers from Montevideo, Uruguay (a majority of the group being part of a rugby team) who get stranded in the Andes when their plane crashes there after getting caught in bad weather. With little amounts of food in the snowy mountains, the survivors have to resort to cannibalism in order to survive. This is another movie I've seen after learning about the events behind it in school. This is a film that hasn't gotten much viewing from critics on this site and that doesn't feel right because this was a really good movie in the drama genre. Pros: *The cast was well picked for this movie and I'm saying this even though I don't really know a lot of the actors who were in this movie. The only ones I really knew were Ethan Hawke who played Nando and John Malkovich who speaks in the opening and closing of the film. Even though the cast was rather unknown to me, they did a fine job. *The overall spirit displayed in this movie is done really well. I think its safe to say that movies like this are generally going to be good. I mean, I am writing this review the same time that film about that hiker Aron Ralston, 127 Hours, has come out and it has received critical acclaim. Cons: *I didn't really mind the casting even though it attracted some controversy. Same thing happened with The Last Airbender this year (believe or not, the director of Alive produced Last Airbender (good reason for me using this reference). The biggest problem I saw with this movie is its slight inconsistency. Generally, if someone is 'trapped' in a perilous situation for many days, weeks, or even months, they are generally going to be looking like they've been through hell. Here, it just looks like they were living in luxury because aside from the men growing beards, there was no indication from their overall look that the survivors were in a bad situation and were suffering. The situation is the only real thing that describes what they are going through. Even with that somewhat major gripe, Alive is an excellent film and one of the best survival films I have ever seen. It is just one of those movies that displays strong will, spirit, and character that some movies don't show. In all, it is one of the finest of the early 90's.
    Sean N Super Reviewer

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