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13 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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A good piece of history that needed a far better ending. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Richard Chamberlain ... Frederick Cook

Rod Steiger ... Robert E. Peary

Diane Venora ... Marie Fidele Hunt

Michael Gross ... James Troth
Samm-Art Williams ... Matt Henson
Louis Negin ... Maitre D'

Mark Walker ... 1st Gentleman
Barry Blake ... 2nd Gentleman
Bronwen Mantel ... Mrs. Dudley
Tara O'Donnell ... Ruth Hunt
Daniel Nalbach ... Bridgeman
Philip Spensley ... Morris Jessup
Antony Parr ... General Hubbard
Don Robinson ... Alexander Graham Bell
Walter Massey ... Theodore Roosevelt
Michael Rudder ... Rudolph Franke
Ronald Yamamoto ... Wela

Donald Li ... Etuk

Donald Pilon ... Robert Bartlett

Timothy Webber ... Harry Whitney
Martin Neufeld ... Billy Pritchard

Vlasta Vrana ... Murphy
David Connor ... 1st Reporter
Chris Wiggins ... Roberts
Arthur Grosser ... Club Master
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Vogel ... Skipper (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Day 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
I.C. Rapoport 

Produced by
Steven Felder .... associate producer
Robert Halmi Jr. .... producer
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer
Pieter Kroonenburg .... producer
Leigh Wiener .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charles Gross 
Cinematography by
Ernest Day 
Film Editing by
Nicholas C. Smith 
Art Direction by
Michel Proulx 
Costume Design by
Nicoletta Massone 
Makeup Department
Jocelyne Bellemare .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph C. Stillman .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pedro Gandol .... second assistant director
Francine Langlois .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael A. Billings .... set dresser
Dean Eilertson .... construction coordinator
Raymond Larose .... draftsman
Dominique Ricard .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Don Cohen .... location sound recordist (1983)
Eric Zimmer .... boom operator (1983)
Special Effects by
Jacques Godbout .... special effects coordinator
Editorial Department
Eric Albertson .... supervising editor
Richard King .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Gary Anderson .... orchestrator
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Other crew
Ginette Hardy .... location manager

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100 min
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A good piece of history that needed a far better ending., 14 April 1999
Author: Jason C. Atwood from Suffolk, Virginia

I'm not sure this TV movie has ever won the attention that it deserved, but this chronicles a true event that every man tried hard to accomplish, and failed: reaching the North Pole. The story provides conflict and competition between the two characters in the title who set out to make history for themselves. A different kind of expedition illustrates an observational point of view rather than adventurous. Richard Chamberlain didn't have to be so jealous enough to create a fool of himself, but he was. Let's cover up all of the important events that lead to the conclusion, which is downright spoilish and predictable for a movie that had a plot so nicely thought out. I'd be too foolish to tell you what exactly happened, but if you're interested in history that was thought to be impossible, then this'll be pretty good.

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