- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 28, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Zeitgeist Films
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - Spanish
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- U.S. Theatrical Trailer
- Director's Statement
- THE MAKING OF STRANDED
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/22/2008
"[The film] offers an incontrovertible argument for the necessity of team spirit in the face of catastrophe....All 16 of the survivors, now middle-aged, tell the story in their own words."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/31/2008
"The movie, which combines testimony by those survivors with staged reenactments of their ordeal, is the opposite of sensational." -- Grade: B+
Los Angeles Times - 11/07/2008
"[A]n exceptional film, at once disturbing and elevating, deliberate yet powerful. It takes a story we all think we know, one of the 20th century's most familiar tales of resilience and survival, and demonstrates that we haven't really known it at all."
In October 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players from Montevideo, Uruguay, went down in a snow-covered valley in the Andes. The dramatic tale of the survivors' struggle to stay alive and be rescued, already told in a bestselling book and feature film, finds new depth and resonance in STRANDED: I'VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS. Director Gonzalo Arijón, a childhood friend of some of the survivors, takes them back to the crash site, where they go into agonizing detail as they tell their remarkable, heartbreaking story, aided by re-creations of pivotal events. With no more food, they were forced to break one of humanity's primary taboos, using the bodies of their dead friends and relatives to have even a chance of remaining alive and being rescued in the Valley of Tears. Arijón talks to such brave survivors as Roberto Canessa, Gustavo Zerbino, Adolfo "Fito" Strauch, Antonio Vinzintin, and Carlos Paez as they reach deep within themselves, looking back on what they did with a fascinating perspective, a group of men in their fifties reexamining their struggle to survive when they they were around 19 and 20, with the rest of their lives in front of them as they ventured out of their country for the first time and encountered horrible tragedy. Florencia De Concillo-Perrin's score adds to the tension, and the film plays out like a gripping procedural, including interviews with people who were leading the rescue effort. Both frightening and exhilarating, STRANDED, which has won awards at film festivals all around the world, is an unforgettable documentary about an unforgettable story.
On October 13, 1972, a young rugby team called “The Old Christians” from Montevideo, Uruguay, boarded a plane for a match in Chile—and then vanished into thin air. Two days before Christmas, 16 of the 45 passengers miraculously resurfaced. They had managed to survive for 72 days after their plane crashed on a remote Andean glacier. Thirty-five years later, the survivors returned to the crash site—known as the Valley of Tears—to recount in their own words their harrowing story of defiant endurance, intense spirituality, and indestructible friendship. Previously documented in the worldwide bestseller Alive (and the film adaptation starring Ethan Hawke), this shocking true story finally gets the cinematic treatment it deserves. Visually breathtaking and crafted with riveting detail by documentary filmmaker (and childhood friend of the survivors) Gonzalo Arijòn with a masterful combination of on-location interviews, archival footage and reenactments, Stranded is a hauntingly powerful and spiritually moving celebration of humanity.