Survive! (film)

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Directed by René Cardona Jr.
Produced by René Cardona
René Cardona Jr.
Screenplay by René Cardona Jr.
Based on Survive! by Clay Blair
Starring Sebastián Ligarde
Luz María Aguilar
Music by Gerald Fried
Raúl Lavista
Cinematography Genaro Hurtado
Luis Medina
Edited by Marshall M. Borden
Alfredo Rosas Priego
Avant Films S.A.
Corporación Nacional Cinematográfica (CONACINE)
Productora Fílmica Real
Productora Fílmica G.M.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (United States)
Release date
January 15, 1976
Running time
111 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Survive! (Spanish: Supervivientes de los Andes - Andes Survivors) is a 1976 Mexican thriller film directed by René Cardona Jr.[1] The film was released on January 15, 1976 in Mexico and is based on the 1973 book Survive! by Clay Blair, which is based on the 1972 Andes flight disaster.[2][3]


A Uruguayan rugby team crashes in the Andes Mountains and has to survive the extremely cold temperatures and rough climate. As some of the people die, the survivors are forced to make a terrible decision between starvation and cannibalism.



The New York Times gave a negative review for Survive!, calling it "an irksomely dubbed film of rudimentary exposition with a sometimes tinny musical accompaniment".[4] Roger Ebert gave the film zero stars, saying, "In most movies featuring a lot of blood and cuts and close-ups of festering wounds and all that, the typical audience laughs to break the tension (horror movies almost always play as comedies). With Survive! though, the audience tends to be a little more sober, a little more thoughtful. Maybe that's because we realize that underlying this rather dumb, uninspired, even crude film is a true story of such compelling power that we're forced to think and respond."[5]

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  1. ^ Villa Roiz, Carlos (1997). Popocatépetl: mitos, ciencia y cultura : un cráter en el tiempo. Plaza y Valdés. p. 336. ISBN 9688564885. 
  2. ^ Dolores Tierney, Victoria Ruétalo (2009). Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas, and Latin America. Routledge. pp. 160, 163, 166–167. ISBN 0415993865. 
  3. ^ Hofler, Robert (2010). Party Animals. Da Capo Press. pp. 40–41. ISBN 0306816555. 
  4. ^ "The Screen: 'Survive!'". NY Times. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
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