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Chilean Miners’ Story Goes Hollywood In YouTube Trailer: Will Eventual Movie Be Another ‘Alive’?

If a movie based on the story of the Chilean miners gets the green light by a major Hollywood studio, it will undoubtedly go through a similar transformation that another harrowing South American true story went through. When the real events of the Uruguayan soccer team that crash landed into the Andes mountains in 1973 became the big budget star vehicle Alive in 1993, out were authenticity and in were a cast of  hot young Hollywood actors headed by Ethan Hawke. The liberties that the filmmakers took with the story, included details like the fact that Hawke’s character was named Nando Parado, despite the fact that he played the part without a hint of a Spanish accent. In his review of the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote:

The location photography is impressive, the scenery is awesome, the re-enactment of the air crash is terrifying and uses convincing special effects. We care about the characters while we watch the movie. But at the end it all seems elusive. The movie characters complete their dreadful ordeal, but somehow, walking out, we feel the real Andes survivors would not quite recognize themselves.

Will Hollywood get it right this time around? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see which studio will win the bidding war that has already ensued.

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