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Alive | 1993 | R | - 0.7.6

Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano and Josh Hamilton star in this real-life drama -- infamous for an incident of cannibalism -- based on the book by Piers Paul Read. The story follows a South American Rugby team after their plane crashes in the Andes Mountains.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None

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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - No violence of the regular action movie type -- that is, no fighting or shooting. However, the plane crash results in various unpleasant scenes of gore. One man's leg is slit open, a steel rod goes through the stomach of another man. Limbs are shown in a state of decay from gangrene. The pilot's head is shown against the cockpit window, which is smeared with blood. There are glimpses of people sawing hunks off dead bodies: both the dismemberment and consumption of dead bodies is lingered over by the camera. There's nothing tasteful about cannibalism, so a lot of flinching is unavoidable.

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LANGUAGE 6 - Several F-words, and some lesser stuff.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cannibalism and the moral issues associated with it.
MESSAGE - The human spirit is capable of achieving the near-impossible. The end does justify the means when survival is at stake.
CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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