Synopsis: In 1972, the Uruguayan rugby team is flying to Chile to play a game. However, the plane from the Uruguayan Air Force with 45 people crashes on the Andes Mountains and after the search party, they are considered dead. Two months after the crash, the sixteen survivors are finally rescued. Along the days, the starved survivors decide to eat flesh from the bodies of their comrades to survive.
Director(s): Frank Marshall
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
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120 min

My father took these.

He was a maniac for the camera.

That's me.

That's Felipe and Nando.

That's Alex Morales,

he died instantly.

That's Antonio, captain of the team.

After 20 years, you analyse a lot.

You remember people, heroism.

"The Miracle of the Andes",

that's what they called it.

Many people come up to me

and say that had they been there,

they surely would have died.

But that makes no sense.

Because untiI you're

in a situation like that,

you have no idea how you'll behave.

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.

There's the God

they taught me about at school...

And there is the God that's hidden

by what surrounds us

in this civilisation.

That's the God I met on the mountain.

- Could you get me some tea?

- Yes, sir.

- Want some tea?

- No, thanks.

That's it.

Come on! Give me the ball!

Over here!

Watch out!

Where did you stay in Paris?

- Excuse me, please.

- Paris is not for you, Canessa.

- Why not?

- You're too intense.

How can I justify that to the guys?

He missed practice every week.

- He's OK.

- He missed the plane too.

I'm team captain. I'll say what's OK.

If you want to play in a rugby team,

you have to give 100%. Right?

Everybody to the right of the plane.

Let's get it.

- Let me get in.

- Go on.

- Mama, look.

- What?

- The mountains are so beautiful.

- Don't make me look.

- They look like big teeth.

- We'll land in 20 minutes.

Good. Let's talk about something

else. Have a chocolate.

Thank you.

It's clouding up a bit.

- Just stay above the weather.

- No problem.

What's more important to you?

Rugby or girls?

- Girls. You?

- Girls.

- But when I'm playing, it's rugby.

- Unless girls are watching?


Come on, switch seats.

I want to see the mountains.

Don't climb on the seats, OK?

Watch yourself.

Uruguayan 571, cleared to 10,000ft.

Thank you.

- Your tea, sir.

- Thank you.

Turning on the seat belt signs.

Get those kids seated.

We're going to hit some weather

on our approach.

We'll be landing soon.

Everybody, please sit down.

Do you think they hear you?

Come on now. Sit down.

- See? Now sit!

- Anything to calm your nerves.

What's going on?

- Look what Alonso's doing.

- Ladies and gentlemen,

put on your parachutes!

We're jumping into the Andes!

- Put that down and sit down.

- All right, all right.

Put that cigarette out.

- My God!

- You OK?

- Nando, is everything all right?

- Yes, just an air pocket.

Mom, it scared me, too.

Mother of God, no!

- Oh, sh*t!

- Full throttle. Come on!

What happened?

Are we supposed to fly

so close to the mountains?

HaiI Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with Thee...

Power! We need more power!

I can't...!

- Oh, man!

- It's stopped.


I think I'm all right. Alex?

- He's dead!

- Zerbino, are you OK?

People are hurt. I've only been

in med school six months.

- Help me out.

- Eduardo. Where's he going?

- Is Canessa OK?

- Yes...

- Where's Eduardo?

- He went back.

- Eduardo, come back.

- Help Canessa. Help him.


I'm all right.

I can't breathe.

It's the altitude. You're OK.

Just relax and breathe.

- What should I do?

- Look up there.

Canessa! Help Federico.

- His leg is cut.

- I'm fine. Help the wounded.

- I saved us by saying HaiI Mary.

- Move out the way.

What should I do?

- Go get some air.

- OK.

Just sit right there.

I'm going to use a handkerchief

to clean your nose.

Bobby! Bobby Francois!

- Hey, Carlitos! Smoke?

- Yeah.

Stay with me, please.

There's two dead in baggage.

- Please!

- Stay with Felipe.

- Easy, ma'am, easy.

- My legs!

Yes, ma'am,

I'm sorry about your legs.

- Roy, are you hurt?

- I don't know.

Come on, then. Help me. Come on.

Take the other side.

One, two, three!

- Alberto.

- Dead.

I'm not dead. Never felt worse

in my life but I am not dead.

All right. Let's move this stuff.

Be careful! Both my legs are broken.

How's Nando?

I don't think so.

Maybe it's just as well.

His mother's dead.

- Please.

- Other people are hurt.

- I'll stay with you.

- Thank you.

- Got a minute?

- What, Pablo?

It's this. Is it serious?

- Forget it. You're OK.

- You think so?

Don't worry. Give a hand

with this seat over here. Come on.

Here. Tie it up

and I'll see to it later.


Mama! Mama, I want to go home!

I want to go home!

Sit her down here.

- You better see the pilot.

- OK. Help me move her.

- One more try, Mrs Alfonsin.

- No, don't! You'll kill me!

Let them do it, ma'am.

They've got to do it.

Maybe we shouldn't.

One, two, three, pull!

- Stop! Stop! Stop!

- We're going to kill her!

- I gotta stop.

- This is horrible!

- All right!

- Don't touch it!

- Let's make some room in here.

- Watch his leg.

Water. Water.

- Hand me some snow.

- Here.

Where's the radio?

We should call Santiago.

We passed Curico. We passed Curico.

- My friend, the radio...

- My bag.

- How do we call Santiago?

- 11... 300.

I got the dial. 11, 300.


- It's dead. There's no power at all.

- My bag.

- He wants his bag.

- There isn't much. I don't see it.

We're looking. What's in it?

My gun. My gun.

No, my friend,

we can't be a part of that.

Put this up on that side.

My hands are freezing!

Well, it's too late.

The rescuers will never see us today.

- We'll have to spend the night.

- How will they find us?

Don't worry, they will.

The temperature will drop

in the dark. Maybe 30, 40 degrees.

We'll deal with that. Don't worry.

- I'm cold.

- The covers can be used as blankets.

That's a good idea. Everybody

unzip the covers to use as blankets.

- How's your stomach?

- Good. Fine.


- Who's that?

- Canessa. Come on!

I thought it was just a coat

but there he was.

- Are you hurt?

- Identify yourself!

My name is Roberto Canessa.

I'm a medical student.

I'm a member of the rugby team

that chartered this plane.

You're a member of the flight crew,

aren't you?

Aren't you?

- Yes. I'm the mechanic.

- Do you know how to fix radios?


- You took this coat off a girl.

- No!

- This is Anna Parrado's.

- Put it back on her.

Take it off her again, I'll kill you.

- Excuse me.

- How you doing?

- I'm going to bed.

- That way?

Come on, Eduardo. He bumped his head.

Hey, Roberto?

- Want some wine?

- Thanks.

Where'd you get wine?

Hugo found a shitload of bottles.

He thinks it was the pilot's.

It would explain

how he flew his plane.

- We're completely screwed.

- I don't know.

Get back there and help the others.

We're gonna be fine.

Who are you trying to convince,


I had no premonition.

So much for ESP.

That was a good idea

about the seat covers.

Thank you.

- Have some wine.

- Thanks.

- Got all the covers.

- Put them inside. Near the front.

I'm dying!

My sweet God in Heaven, the pain!

- I'm in so much pain.

- It must be terrible.

Calm yourself.

God will take care of you.

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John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director. His play Doubt: A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play. more…

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