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This is the first mainstream film to deal with the harrowing true story of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes mountains in October of 1972 and who were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive more than two months of isolation. (The only other film to tackle the subject, Rene Cardona's Survive! was a seedy little mess that delighted in exploiting the cannibalism aspect.) The events depicted are primarily based on the novel of the same name by Piers Paul Read. The interview-style prologue features an uncredited John Malkovich as one of the survivors, whose spiritual… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"A pretty harrowing and rather disturbing look at the struggles of survival in the face of certain death..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An overlooked gem, made even more powerful by the fact that it is based on a factual incident."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Recriação fiel do trágico acidente ocorrido em 72, o filme explora interessantes questões morais e é eficaz ao dramatizar a luta daquele pequeno grupo por sua sobrevivência."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Marshall and Shanley dance around their story's unpleasant center."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Sturdy adaptation of the unforgettable novel"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Although written in a fairly pedestrain fashion, the movie does a good job of raising the "What would you do?" issues. Me, I'd be chomping blindly, hoping to ingest the dead first."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"There are better real-life disaster flicks out there... and the flesh looks remarkably like chicken."
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"An intense and gripping story of survival and heroism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The picture, the sound, and above all, the outstanding true story, make Alive a must-see"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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