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Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

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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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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The music Wilson listens to in the mid-polar night is Dame Clara Butt's 1910 recording of the hymn "Abide With Me". See more »

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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 »

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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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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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