Alive (30th Anniversary Edition)
30th Anniversary Edition, 0th Anniversary Edition
Witness ALIVE, the thrilling true-life adventure of challenge and survival! In this action-packed hit, a team of tough rugby players survive a plane crash deep in the desolate, snow-covered Andes. Stranded there, they must overcome incredible odds to stay alive! See for yourself the unforgettable story of ordinary young men who find courage in the face of disaster and test the very limits of human endurance! It's an astonishing death-defying triumph that will both entertain ... and inspire you!
In 1972 a chartered plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby squad and various family members crashed in the Andes. If that sounds dry and matter-of-fact, you haven't seen director Frank Marshall's harrowing re-creation Alive, an adrenaline-pounding, heart-in-your-mouth spectacle that kicks off this famous story of survival. The real-life against-all-odds odyssey made worldwide headlines when it became known that the survivors ate their own dead to survive. What could have easily become sensationalistic exploitation is treated with compassion and dignity by Marshall as he explores their moral and spiritual struggles as well as their physical ordeal. As team captain and base-camp cheerleader Vincent Spano slowly collapses under the stress and Ethan Hawke rouses from mourning his dead family to taking charge of saving himself, it also becomes a portrait in leadership, hope, and emotional courage. --Sean Axmaker
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : Relay Time: 127 min
- Director : Frank Marshall
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 6 minutes
- Release date : October 8, 2002
- Actors : John Malkovich, Sam Behrens, Ethan Hawke, Kevin Breznahan, Illeana Douglas
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000065V40
- Writers : John Patrick Shanley
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It was also interesting that some of the passengers just plain refused to follow the ones who were trying to lead, for instance, eating all the rations, not helping to bury the bodies. I would have expected better teamwork from an athletic team.
I was surprised that when they did decide to eat the meat from their dead comrades, that they ate it raw. I thought they'd try to make a fire and cook it.
My only complaint about the movie, and it's minor, is that I had trouble distinguishing between and keeping track of all the different characters. I am face blind, though, so that may be more my problem.
I'm going to begin by saying, if you want to see cannibalism, get Night of the Living Dead, or Motel Hell. This is not a film about cannibalism. The few scenes that explore this part of the group's survival, focus on the moral dilemma of cannibalism vs. starvation and death. The film doesn't gloss over this portion of the story, but handles it forthrightly and with dignity.
The rest of the film is beautiful. It could have easily descended into a made-for-TV maudlin tale of brave survivors fighting the odds, but it doesn't. It is a story about bravery, perseverance, and teamwork, and it addresses these things so eloquently, that I'm left feeling no one should make another film about "the human spirit," because this film says it all, and does it so well. In fact, I'd like to erase all the cloying films about personal triumph, and make this film the sole bearer of that theme.
Part of the film's brilliance is the cinematography. The camera takes an active part in telling the story, with inspired shots and angles.
The ensemble cast gets credit for the rest of it. Films with ensemble casts often sink under the weight of all the actors, but this film does not. This is one of the best films that doesn't have a star, but relies on the totality of talent available. With so many characters, you might think you'll need a scorecard to keep track, but you don't. Each of the more than 20 actors here plays a fully developed character.
This is one of those movies that seems to step off the screen. The viewer feels like one of the castaways. The tension and drama are that real.
And it made me cry. Few films can accomplish that.