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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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!

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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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At the time of his death on June 7, 2015, Christopher Lee (Bernard Day) was the last surviving cast member of the film. 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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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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Great scenic propaganda; a great score
3 September 2005 | by (Louisville, KY, USA) – See all my reviews

I'll not add to the lengthy and learned discussions already entered in regard to this film. It's pretty obvious that Scott's reputation has taken a severe beating since he was erected as the model for all English youth as the First World War was beginning. I will say that the British miniseries "The Last Place on Earth", based on Roland Huntford's book on Scott and Amundsen's race to the pole, is the best piece of television I've ever seen, one which I fortunately taped and have re-viewed several times.

The performances in this film are very sturdy and the cinematography outstanding as well. Most historical films have a biased viewpoint anyway, so this one is no more guilty than any other.

The one point I did want to make that I had not noticed in other comments is that the score for this film is by Ralph Vaughn Williams and is the basis for his "Symphonia Antartica", a beautiful and haunting piece, which deserves to be heard more often.

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