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Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

The story of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's 1912 expedition and his quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in Antarctica.

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The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The noblest adventure man ever dared!


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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20 April 1949 (USA)  »

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Scotts letzte Fahrt  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chosen as the Royal Command Performance film of 1948. See more »

Goofs

No one's breath is ever visible in the Antarctic. See more »

Quotes

Captain Scott: It'll be tough.
Capt. L.E.G. Oates: I know.
Captain Scott: As Hades.
Capt. L.E.G. Oates: But not so warm, eh?
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Crazy Credits

Ralph Vaughan Williams, then revered as Britain's greatest living composer, has an official credit consisting only of his surname, 'Vaughan Williams'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Peter von Bagh (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Will Ye No Come Back Again?
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Traditional Scottish tune, and lyrics by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
Heard as the ship leaves New Zealand
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An inspiring and timeless film
23 February 2003 | by (MIddleburgh, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

The Ealing Studios production `Scott of the Antarctic' is a work of art and an inspiration to human achievement. The film depicts the polar explorers of the Second Scott Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). They are portrayed first as pygmies against the terrible backdrop of the ice continent, then as dauntless giants within the enclosed spaces of their fragile tents as they await their certain death.

The mood of the film is High Victorian, although strictly speaking the setting is Late Edwardian. Edward Adrian Wilson, the artist, played by Harold Warrender, is the quintessential gentleman naturalist. As the film begins, Wilson is shown in the summery garden of his tranquil country homestead in England, meticulously creating a scientific illustration of a mounted bat. At the end, when Wilson is among the few remaining explorers who face frozen death in their wind-whipped tent, his spirit drifts away to his English home.

The Victorian faith in mechanisms is brought forth by close up shots of distance-measuring wheels that are attached to the backs of clumsy man-drawn sledges, and by the heroic but flawed powered tractors that break down in the awful cold.

The film invites the viewer to arrive at his or her own conclusions about the character of Captain Scott. The film makes no judgments - it merely portrays Scott through the superb acting of John Mills.

`Scott of the Antarctic' is a timeless film about eternal values: human endeavor, achievement and triumph.


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