Alive is the first mainstream film to deal with the harrowing true story ...
Alive is the first mainstream film to deal with the harrowing true story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes in October of 1972 and who were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive more than two months being deserted in the rough mountainous region. The handful of survivors who manage to extricate themselves from the twisted wreckage seem incapable of working through their panic as they hope against all odds that a rescue party will locate them. One of the survivors, Nando, awakens from a coma and makes a remarkable recovery-- enough to demonstrate level-headed leadership after team captain Antonio begins to lose his nerve. As the weeks wear on and rations are depleted, the survivors are forced into a moral dilemma: the only remaining source of food seems to be the bodies of the dead. Those who choose for religious reasons not to consume their former companions must face the realization that they will soon starve or freeze to death. In the end, three men who choose survival above all else find the strength to set out on a treacherous mission to a ridge, where hopefully one of them will make it to civilization. Alive was nominated for an Emmy award and an MTV Movie Award and won Cinematographer of the Year (Peter James) in the Australian Cinematographers Society. This movie is rated R for crash scenes too intense for unaccompanied children.