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Stranded (2008)

Andes Crash Survivors , Gonzalo Arijon  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andes Crash Survivors
  • Directors: Gonzalo Arijon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P9G3F6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stranded" on IMDb

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"An exceptional film, at once disturbing and elevating, deliberate yet powerful. It takes a story that we all think we know, one of the 20th century's most familiar tales of resilience and survival, and demonstrates that we haven't really known it at all." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

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On October 13, 1972, a young rugby team called "The Old Christians" from Montevideo, Uruguay, boarded a plane for a match in Chile--and then vanished into thin air. Two days before Christmas, 16 of the 45 passengers miraculously resurfaced. They had managed to survive for 72 days after their plane crashed on a remote Andean glacier. Thirty-five years later, the survivors returned to the crash site--known as the Valley of Tears--to recount in their own words their harrowing story of defiant endurance, intense spirituality, and indestructible friendship. Previously documented in the worldwide bestseller Alive (and the film adaptation starring Ethan Hawke), this shocking true story finally gets the cinematic treatment it deserves. Visually breathtaking and crafted with riveting detail by documentary filmmaker (and childhood friend of the survivors) Gonzalo Arijon with a masterful combination of on-location interviews, archival footage and reenactments, Stranded is a hauntingly powerful and spiritually moving celebration of humanity.

- 16:9 anamorphic transfer, formatted for widescreen televisions
- "The Making of Stranded": A 52-minute featurette with behind-the-scenes footage of the cast and crew, and additional interviews with the crash survivors
- U.S. theatrical trailer
- Optional English subtitles
- Director's statement

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring June 21, 2009
By adiadv
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This is one of the best films I've seen - documentary or otherwise. It's subtitled in English, thankfully, because a voice-over dub would detract from the emotion expressed by the survivors (and everyone else) in the film.

The uncensored revelation of the facts behind the entire event is a brutal, raw example of the worst-case scenario - way beyond the worst nightmare imaginable - and how people who are just like you and me rose above themselves to do something monumental, inspiring and life-changing.This amazing group of individuals used every fiber of their being to stay alive, to see their loved ones again, and to honor those who had perished and explain their life-saving sacrifices.

The group had no alternative for survival other than by performing the unimaginable, which they did with incredible intelligence and reasoning - intertwined with faith, dignity, respect and love. The degree of determination, presence of mind, and amazing unselfishness that inspired their actions may be almost unfathomable to the of majority of people, because thankfully so few of us are ever put to that kind of test.

The individual descriptions of the events are filled with the spiritual, heartfelt and utterly heart-wrenching feelings of these men. The shocking, sensitive aspects were explained in a way that left me with a complete understanding and empathy toward the individuals and the decisions behind their actions. It's plain to see what led them to do anything and everything in their power in an attempt to survive. They had no choice, because they knew they would not be rescued by any other method than their own faith, drive and ingenuity to make it happen.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The story of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes and the struggles of the men aboard to survive seems to pop into the public awareness periodically over the three decades since it happened. "Stranded" is the latest documentary on the subject, and it's the best I've seen. All 16 survivors participated. Director Gonzalo Arijon incorporates grainy, impressionistic, silent reenactments of the scenes the men describe. This enhances the audience's picture of the events without usurping the gripping commentary of the survivors. The combination of interviews, some archival footage, and the dreamlike reenactments, which seem like memories, make this retelling of the story more engrossing than any narrative adaptation.

On Friday, October 13, 1972, a college rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay set out on Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 to Santiago, Chile, where they were to compete in a match. Having changed its route to avoid inclement weather, the plane descended too early over the mountains, severed both wings, and crash-landed high in the snow-covered Andes. Of the 45 people aboard, 29 survived the crash, 23 uninjured. They didn't have adequate clothing for the freezing conditions. Many had never seen snow before. And, even strictly rationed, food would only last a few days. They hoped to be rescued but could hear on the radio that the aerial search was called off due to heavy snow. And yet 16 of the young men spent 72 days on the mountain and lived to talk about it.

All survivors participated, but some say more than others. Fernando "Nando" Parrado, who wrote a book about his experiences, seems to have been a leader after the group lost its team captain. Roberto Canessa, who, with Nando, was responsible for the rescue, is the most pensive and analytical of the experience.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly uplifting film March 10, 2009
In 1972, the small plane carrying a rugby team from Uruguay crashed in the Andes. After 72 days stranded in the cold and snow, 16 of the original 45 passengers were rescued. For the first time, survivors tell the incredible story in their own words, including the notorious cannibalism that saved their lives.

Atmospheric recreations, narrated by the survivors, give a chilling sense of the wilderness, isolation, and brutal conditions these people endured. When a group of survivors return to the scene of the crash in 2006 to pay their respects, filmmakers follow. Many of the survivors are accompanied by their children, some the same age as their fathers when the accident occurred. Sitting amid the gorgeous snow-capped peaks of The Valley of Tears 35 year later, these men are able to articulate their experience, including rare moments of profound beauty, in language that is heartfelt and hopeful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Well done, sensitive, thought provoking documentary about the Andes crash. What I like best about it are the interviews; the survivors are eloquent, articulate and they share their experiences with great candor and intimacy. The film is respectful, it doesn't sensationalize the event, it's not voyeuristic or CNN or FOX-ish.

One doesn't feel like a ghoul or vulture watching it.

The film doesn't manipulate the viewers emotions or try to project the producer's interpretation of the survivors' characters or experience. They are shown as people not heroes (which they are in my eyes) or two dimensional characters. The director lets them speak for themselves. The documentary is patient; telling the story meticulously.

One reviewer said it was slow and boring, but the pace I felt, gave you a sense of their experience. After the crash it wasn't exciting and action packed. They were young men plodding through their experience, focused on surviving-- bored, restless, scared, hopeless, hopeful, depressed, and hungry. It is a story of endurance and faith, they had their patience, intelligence, moral fiber and psyche severely tested. The film does a good job of creating that experience for the viewer.

Bonus: the Uruguayan accent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Documentary--not re-enactment--Gripping
OK I gotta confess: this is a serious documentary about a bad accident, and I got tense enough I had to pause in the middle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karl E. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this documentary
Love love love this documentary. Thought about it for weeks afterward. It's hard to imagine a story about young men and women being stuck on a mountain after a plane crash and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Una the Tuna
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I can't speak Spanish. This was sent to me in Spanish.
Published 2 months ago by Dollgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing, True Story. Gripping.
This story is about human survival. 72 days. Stranded on a glacier in the peaks of the Andes Mountains. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leslie Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranded
Boy oh boy! What a fascinating story. I vegly remember hearing about this when I was a kid. But now(2013) I have finally watched the movie based on the true events. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John O
1.0 out of 5 stars This DVD left me stranded in the Mountains of Boredom gnawing on my...
I fell asleep halfway through this. This is the most boring DVD I have ever purchased. The movie consists of the survivors speaking about their memories of the crash, etc. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris Francz
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. If you ever think you have it bad, watch this!
Published 7 months ago by Pamela D. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars What would you do?
It is a beautiful story told by the survivors. It is a story of determination, of hope, of strength, of bravery, of love. there is a lot to learn from it.
Published 9 months ago by Clara A. Pardo Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
the book was awesome and helped me through hard times. This documentary will just blow you away. Go for it
Published 9 months ago by Jeanne Croghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me stunned
Set in the Andes, the survivors and the cameras tell the story, not the producers or the directors. The story is seamless, with one survivor picking up where another leaves off,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hanlon's Razor
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