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13 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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  (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
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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This movie hit home in several ways..., 21 January 2010
Author: Aldo Renato from United States

I saw this movie on TV in the mid 1980s. The story hits home in several ways. I attended Robert E. Peary Junior High School in Gardena, CA in the 1960s and from day one we were indoctrinated that "Peary was the first man to reach the North Pole," "Accept no substitutes," "He's it and that's that," etc., etc. Then, during Negro (1960s, remember) History Month, we found out that Matthew Henson did most of the grunt work but, because of his skin color, didn't get any credit (we were never able to get anything at the school named for him). Finally, in the summer of 1966 (my first after starting at Peary), I made my annual visit to my grandparents where my grandmother told me that Dr. Cook was a distant cousin of hers (at least a second cousin). When I brought this up with some of my teachers and classmates at Peary, I suddenly found myself at the top of the Special High Intensity Treatment (S.H.I.T.) list and, for the remainder of my time at Peary, received all the Special High Intensity Treatment that could be dished out on an individual. Teachers and students alike hated me for disrespecting the legacy of Admiral Peary when, simply enough, I was related to a woman who was related to Dr. Cook. Back to the movie...there was a lot of criticism of the casting. All-American good guy and "King of the Miniseries" Richard Chamberlain played Dr. Cook while All-American tough guy Rod Steiger played Admiral Peary. The story seemed to match the real life events...Dr. Cook claimed to have gotten there first but was discredited...Admiral Peary got the credit when, in reality, someone else did most of the work. Again, this movie was a good way to spend two hours...but it did open some emotional scars. For years (even into high school) I was treated as a pariah until it eventually subsided and life went on.

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