Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Biography  |  20 April 1949 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Churchill ...
Harold Warrender ...
Anne Firth ...
Derek Bond ...
Reginald Beckwith ...
Taff Evans / P.O. (Taff) Evans R.N.
Norman Williams ...
John Gregson ...
James McKechnie ...
Surgeon Lt. E.L.Atkinson R.N. (as James Mc Kechnie)
Barry Letts ...
Dennis Vance ...
Larry Burns ...
Edward Lisak ...


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 <>

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The noblest adventure man ever dared!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scotts letzte Fahrt  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(Technicolor) (as Colour by Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Herbert Ponting F.R.P.S.: The sleeping bag, a poem. On the outside grows the furside; on the inside grows the skinside. So the furside is the outside, and the skinside is the inside. One side likes the skinside inside, and the furside on the outside. Others like the skinside outside, and the furside on the inside. If you turn the skinside outside, thinking you will side with that side, then the soft side, furside's inside, which, some argue, is the wrong side. If you turn the furside outside, as, you say, it grows on ...
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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 »


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Will Ye No Come Back Again?
Traditional Scottish tune, and lyrics by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
Heard as the ship leaves New Zealand
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Beautiful movie
4 April 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

OK, we've heard a lot about the "real" history and the debate over whether Scott was a hero or a complete imbecile. Whatever the truth is and whatever revisionist or hagiography history is being peddled, "Scott Of The Antarctic" is a beautifully made film: One of the best looking early colour films which evokes a bye-gone era and is strangely compelling and haunting at the same time. The music by Vaughn-Williams, the greatest British classical composer of his time, is powerful and, again, haunting. In some scenes, they've recreated exactly some of the photos taken during the Scott expedition. The casting is spot on; look at the original photos and Millsy is uncannily like Scott, Kenneth More is Teddy Evans, Reginald Beckwith and James Robertson Justice do their real counterparts well and John Gregson, in one of his first film roles, captures Tom Crean perfectly (compare his performance with Paul McGann's Crean in "Shackleton", which was pretty good). Many film critics feel that "Scott of the Antarctic" was somewhat robbed at the 1949 Oscars.

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