Sunday, March 8, 2009


Ever since my college days, when I read Piers Paul Read's captivating 1974 book on the 1972 plane crash in the Andes mountains, I've been obsessed with the terrifying story and totally inspired by the survivor's enduring human spirit.

When I saw the spellbinding 1993 film, taken from Read's book starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Jack Noseworthy, and Josh Hamilton, I wanted more!  Then came a documentary in 1993 [20 years later] narrated by Martin Sheen, a few books written by the survivors after the turn of the century and now a NEW documentary  [35 years later] called, STRANDED.  Though I have some strong criticisms about the film -- simple things that would have made the film much easier to understand -- I highly recommend it. 

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