I watched this movie last year, and I think it was released much earlier.

  • Most of the movie is set in a mountainiously snowy landscape, in the Atacama.
  • The airplane of a football (I think) team from Portugal crash-landed here.
  • Surprisingly, most of them survived. Later on in the movie, several people die.
  • They try several methods of escape. They do not leave the mountain perimeter until towards the end.
  • One person suggests building an improvised ham-radio with the FM Radio they already have.
  • At one point in the movie, the team realizes that their governments have stopped searching for them.
  • Everybody in the group, but one person, is religious and settles to pray ("Hail Mary") every night.
  • The ham-radio attempt seems to be a failure.
  • They settle on a disgusting plan to escape. They would eat the bodies of their dead teammates, and then WALK all the way across the Atacama into Chilé, I think.
  • I do remember that this plan succeeded; two people did get to Chilé and get help.
  • The ending credits had "Ave Maria" for background music.
  • I remember it was based on a true story.

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    Damn, I was thinking American football, and was hoping for a campy horror movie with carnage on the playing field. – PoloHoleSet Oct 10 '17 at 16:17
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    Googling the terms 'movie atacama airplane cannibal' returns this question in the top spot, and, right below it, the correct answer. – Strawberry Oct 11 '17 at 9:53
  • Came here looking for cheap horror, found a documentary. – Agent_L Oct 11 '17 at 10:30

Sounds like Alive (1993)

Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team who were involved in the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed into the Andes mountains on Friday, October 13, 1972.


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