Plot – On October 13 1972, a passenger plane is flying from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Chile when it crashes into a snowy area in the Andes. During strong turbulence, the plane loses first one wing, when it hits a mountain side, and then the other. Passengers and torn seats are sucked out of the cabin, which lands on the snowy slopes of the Tinguiririca volcano. Early hopes of being found and saved quickly disappear and, left in the dreadful cold, the survivors must get busy making makeshift clothes, using the seat covers and some tools, recovered ropes or gizmos. They also have to help the many passengers injured with head fractures and broken bones, while some others die from their injuries. The exhausting attempt to go looking for batteries to operate the radio on board fails, as the batteries are in the plane's left wing which fell among the rocks of distant peaks. Everyone pitches in, but Nando Parrado, Roberto Canessa and Antonio Balbi, who are member of a rugby team that was flying back to Chile, lead the group and foster their hope. In the evening, badly sheltered from the cold in the cabin, everyone prays. Then they are forced to make the excruciating decision to feed on the bodies of the dead. Then Nando and Roberto, equipped with what they can carry, take the risky and courageous decision to cross the Andes to seek help. They reach Chile on December 23 and from there they return to the mountain with two helicopters to save those still alive.
All actors – Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton, Bruce Ramsay, John Newton, David Kriegel, Kevin Breznahan, Sam Behrens, Illeana Douglas, Jack Noseworthy, Christian J. Meoli, Jake Carpentershow all
“Alive” Quotes 10 quotes
“- Susana Parrado: Mama, look at the mountains! They're beautiful!
- Eugenia Parrado: Don't make me look at the mountains, Susana. The mountains look like big teeth.”
“To be affronted by solitude without decadence, or a single material thing to prostitute, it elevates you to a spiritual plane, where I felt the presence of God. Now, there's the God they taught me about at school, and there is the God that's hidden by what surrounds us in this civilization. That's the God that I met on the mountain.”
- Antonio "Tintín" Vizintín: I think God would want us to survive. Strive to live.
- Gustavo Zerbino: At all costs?
- Antonio "Tintín" Vizintín: No. I mean, we shouldn't murder innocents to live.
- Gustavo Zerbino: And what about our innocence? What's gonna become of our innocence if we survive as cannibals?
“Do you know what it is that we've lived this long the way we have? Seventy days? That we climbed this mountain. You know what it is? It's impossible. It's impossible and we did it. I'm proud to be a man on a day like this. Alive. That I lived to see it, and see it in such a place. Take it in. I love you, man. Look, it's magnificent. It's God....” (continue)(continue reading)
“We were saved. Nando and Canessa breached the Andes and we were saved. Later a group went back and buried the bodies. They built a rough stone altar by the grave, and over it they placed an iron cross. There's nothing more I can tell you. We were brought together by a grand experience.”
“- Roberto Canessa: We're gonna die, you know.
- Nando Parrado: Maybe. But if we die, we're gonna die walking.”