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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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P.O. (Taff) Evans, R.N.
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James McKechnie ...
Surgeon Lt. E.L.Atkinson R.N. (as James Mc Kechnie)
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Larry Burns ...
Edward Lisak ...
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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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The temperatures recorded by Scott and his team on their ill-fated expedition remain to this day some of the lowest ever recorded. See more »

Goofs

Scott and Oates meet in a doorway. The lighting on Scott's face changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Kathleen Scott: Any message for Peter?
Captain Scott: Tell him I'll bring him a penguin.
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Crazy Credits

"This film could not have been made without the generous co-operation of the survivors and the relatives of late members of Scott's Last Expedition. To them and to those many other persons and organisations too numerous to mention individually who gave such able assistance and encouragement, the producers express their deepest gratitude." See more »

Connections

Featured in Antarctica (1991) 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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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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