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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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Many of the Antarctic scenes were shot on location in Norway. See more »

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

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Wilson: How far did Shackleton get?
Captain Scott: He got to within 90 miles of the Pole.
Oriana Wilson: Isn't 90 miles near enough?
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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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Traditional Scottish tune, and lyrics by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
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Harrowing
9 July 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Those windswept expanses and icy glaciers had me running for a heating pad and hot coffee right away. The movie's a harrowing account of the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole. It's a prestige picture all the way, clearly vested in British national honor that was at stake in 1912. No cowards here. The men bear up bravely despite the harshest conditions possible.

The movie depends greatly on a recreation of Antarctic conditions; happily, the freezing locations in Norway and Switzerland succeed, in spades. It's really hard to imagine slogging through 1000-plus miles of frozen ice and snow to reach an imaginary point on the map. But, with bone-wearying fortitude, the expedition manages, except, of course, for the return trip.

Though the final tent scene remains stoically poignant, the dramatic highpoint, to me, is with the ponies. There, the harsh reality of insurmountable conditions is really driven home. Of course, those conditions are indelibly etched on the ravaged faces of the men, thanks, I suspect, to a terrific job by the make-up department.

For better or worse, the movie is shorn of whatever human conflict arose in the expedition's planning and execution. In the movie, the men do get along remarkably well. All in all, it's an account minus whatever human warts there may have been. Still, if you're looking for a harrowing installment in man's eternal struggle with nature, this is a hard account to beat. But my advice is to keep a heating pad handy.


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