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Alive (1993)



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A plane crashes in the Andes, and this story, based on a real-life incident, chronicles the efforts of the survivors to stay alive. Lots of idealized survival adventure stories have been made with this basic theme, but Alive is not one of them. The conflict in Alive is not so much about whether their physical beings will survive as whether their emotional and spiritual beings will survive as well. How much may and must one do to stay alive? At what cost? Good performances and confident directing make this difficult story resonate.