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Scott of the Antarctic (1948) Poster

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Ralph Vaughan Williams later transformed the score into his seventh symphony, the "Sinfonia Antartica."
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Captain Scott's log and many of the personal effects of the explorers were loaned by The British Museum to add to the authenticity of this near-documentary.
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The hut where Scott and his party stay throughout the winter months before their final push to the South Pole still exists today and is a tourist attraction for those few who travel down to that part of the world. The intensely cold, dry air has preserved everything almost exactly as it was a century ago.
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The temperatures recorded by Scott and his team on their ill-fated expedition remain to this day some of the lowest ever recorded.
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James Robertson Justice was so keen to play P.O. Evans that he shaved off his beard for his first scene.
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With the death of Barry Letts (Apsley Cherry-Garrard) on October 9, 2009, Christopher Lee (Bernard Day) is the film's last surviving cast member.
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Chosen as the Royal Command Performance film of 1948.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote nearly 1000 bars of music for the film, much of it before filming had even started. Less than half of what he wrote was actually used.
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Additional dialog was provided by Mary Hayley Bell, the wife of John Mills.
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The scene where the explorers land at the Bay of Ross was specially extended in the cutting room to accommodate the power of Ralph Vaughan Williams' score for the sequence.
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Many of the Antarctic scenes were shot on location in Norway.
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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".
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After the opening credits and the scene setting shots of Antartica: Scott returned to duty with the Navy but plans for a second Expedition were always in his mind. In 1908 he began to put those plans into practice.
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