The Last Place on Earth (1985)

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Scott vs. Amundsen. It wasn't meant to be a race, but race it becomes, as the world awaits news of the first to reach the Pole. What follows is a tale of heroism, foolhardiness, ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
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 Captain R. F. Scott (7 episodes, 1985)
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
 Roald Amundsen (7 episodes, 1985)
Stephen Moore ...
 Dr. 'Bill' Wilson (7 episodes, 1985)
Ståle Bjørnhaug ...
 Olav Bjaaland (6 episodes, 1985)
Tom Georgeson ...
 P.O. Lashly (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Cherry-Garrard (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Lt. 'Teddy' Evans (6 episodes, 1985)
Richard Morant ...
 Capt. 'Titus' Oates (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Lt. 'Birdie' Bowers (6 episodes, 1985)
Robin Soans ...
 Surgeon Atkinson (6 episodes, 1985)
Tom Gerrard ...
 P.O. Keohane (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Helmer Hanssen (5 episodes, 1985)
Erik Hivju ...
 Sverre Hassel (5 episodes, 1985)
Ivar Nørve ...
 Oscar Wisting (5 episodes, 1985)
Daragh O'Malley ...
 P.O. Crean (5 episodes, 1985)
Paul Rothery ...
 'Silas' Wright (5 episodes, 1985)
Pat Roach ...
 P.O. Evans (5 episodes, 1985)
Susan Wooldridge ...
 Kathleen Bruce - Mrs. Scott / ... (4 episodes, 1985)
Jon Eikemo ...
 Adolf Lindström (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Cecil Meares (4 episodes, 1985)
Sven Nordin ...
 Gran (4 episodes, 1985)
Jirí Stanislav ...
 Dimitri (4 episodes, 1985)
Hans Ola Sørlie ...
 Jorgen Stubberud (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Fridtjof Nansen (3 episodes, 1985)
Lawrence Douglas ...
 Bernard Day (3 episodes, 1985)
Per Theodor Haugen ...
 Leon Amundsen (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Sir Clements Markham (3 episodes, 1985)
Toralv Maurstad ...
 Hjalmar Johansen (3 episodes, 1985)
Peter Jeffrey ...
 Lord Curzon (3 episodes, 1985)
Nils Ole Oftebro ...
 Lt. Nilsen (3 episodes, 1985)
Sue Robinson ...
 Mrs. Ory Wilson (3 episodes, 1985)
Bjørn Skagestad ...
 Kristian Prestrud (3 episodes, 1985)
Robin Summers ...
 P.O. Clissold (3 episodes, 1985)
Erik Bye ...
 Andreas Beck (2 episodes, 1985)
Cliff Burnett ...
 Reg Skelton (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Frederick Cook (2 episodes, 1985)
Julian Fox ...
 Lt. Campbell (2 episodes, 1985)
Astrid Folstad ...
 Betty (2 episodes, 1985)
Anthony Hyde ...
 Dr. Simpson (2 episodes, 1985)
Terry Kingley ...
 Griffith Taylor (2 episodes, 1985)
Jane Laurie ...
 Hilda Evans (2 episodes, 1985)
Peter Sands ...
 Lt. Pennell (2 episodes, 1985)
Nickolas Grace ...
 Lord Howard De Walden (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Barnes (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Scott Keltie (2 episodes, 1985)
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Scott vs. Amundsen. It wasn't meant to be a race, but race it becomes, as the world awaits news of the first to reach the Pole. What follows is a tale of heroism, foolhardiness, selflessness and self-delusion, in a land where victory must be secondary to survival. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Scott and Amundsen both wanted to be first to the Pole. One of them was. The other became a hero.

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The song that Olav Bjaaland (Ståle Bjørnhaug) sings when the Norwegian team breaks the "farthest south" record is "Nordmannen", also called "Millom Bakkar og Berg". The lyrics are by the Norwegian poet and linguist, Ivar Aasen (1813-1896), best known for developing the "landsmaal" written language from rural Norwegian dialects. The music is by Ludvig Lindeman (1812-1887). See more »

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On his return from the South Pole at 'Framheim,' Amundsen learns that the credit for reaching the North Pole has been taken away from Dr Frederick Cook and given instead to Peary. In reality, Amundsen was well aware of the controversy *before* his departure for Antarctica, and to avoid any question that he had not reached the true South Pole due to faulty navigation, staked out an area of ten miles around what he believed to be the Pole itself. See more »

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Superb, With Qualification
21 January 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Superb drama depicting the "race" to the south pole between Scott and Amundsen. The revisionist history, based on a book by Roland Huntford, is a classic bit of iconoclasm. New evidence suggests Scott was not an inept bungler who shouldn't have led the expedition while Amundsen was a skillful Arctic and Antarctic explorer. In fact, both men were skilled in Antarctic conditions, but Scott, who planned the expedition meticulously and relying on the latest in science and technology, had a run of bad luck and Amundsen, going a route sometimes impossible, had a run of good luck. It would be interesting to see a show on this scale and with the quality of production and acting and scripts that detail Scott and Amundsen in light of new geographical discoveries that unfortunately blew Huntford's research apart.

Everyone is very good, with a mix of old hands (Stephen Moore, Max von Sydow) and rising young performers (Hugh Grant, Michael Maloney). And the cast seemed to have put themselves through a hardship to make this miniseries. It's too bad they had to show Scott as mean as well as bungling and Amundsen as too saintly and all-knowing. Amundsen lived and Scott died, but in the Antarctic the difference between success and failure is razor thin, and luck is not something either man could plan for.


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