Saturday, July 24, 2010
The 1993 movie titled Alive is the true story about a plane crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 which involved more than 40 people in the Andes in 1972. The plane was transporting a rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay to Chile. It was not a direct flight rather a series of flights. The last flight was from Mendoza, on the Argentine side of the Andes. The movie portrays the crash on October 13, 1972 and subsequent events in which the team were left strandard with no communication, no food and no hope.
The movie is very good but the book is even better. The film is based on the book titled Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors written by Piers Paul Read in 1974. The movie is directed by Frank Marshall and was filmed in Canada. One of the heroes of the incident, Nando Parrado assisted Marshall and the crew as a whole by working as technical advisor.