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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)
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 Capt. 'Titus' Oates (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Lt. 'Birdie' Bowers (6 episodes, 1985)
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 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)
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 P.O. Crean (5 episodes, 1985)
Paul Rothery ...
 'Silas' Wright (5 episodes, 1985)
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 P.O. Evans (5 episodes, 1985)
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 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)
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 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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Race to South Pole
11 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

This Movie has not been available in DVD format, at least I watched it from TV download with the whole seven episodes /6h 36min/. Another Movie, "Shackleton" (2002), which comes as continuation to South Pole Race was also released as TV Mini-Series but not circulating as DVD. Both Films are rare cinematographic achievement, shot in Greenland and the vicinity. No special effects are employed and Polar Nature is shot the way it is - unspoiled but alien and menacing. Temperatures are 50 degree below zero, with blizzards, ice breaking, starvation, disorientation, freezing and death. Compromise is impossible between Polar Glaciers and Man. It's battle for survival at the utmost, watch it.

I read the reviews and I am impressed. The IMDb doesn't give more titles dealing with Polar Exploration and whether there are many documentaries built on the same subject is out of scope for this review. Baseline story follows the narrative from Roland Huntford's book "Last Place On Earth" published 1979, with several revised and updated editions. Shackleton's heroism from the second movie is also beyond doubt. It is not clear whether scenario has used another Roland Huntford story. One thing is clear that for 1914-1916 expedition Ernest Shackleton approached the Antarctica continent via Tiera del Fuego of Latin America and then into the Weddell Sea. Scott and Amundsen, on the other hand, made their access from New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania

  • proceeding way into Ross Sea and then camping in their bases some


hundred miles apart, McMurdo Sound and Whales Bay. Details on the whole race with Scott-Amundsen comparison is available in Wikipedia.

Now let's try to make the long story short. Nobody is guilty that Robert Scott and his party of five perished. Scott knew that Amundsen was brewing something in Madeira. He had talked to Nansen, who told him that Amundsen had borrowed his ship "Fram" and intended to attack the Poles. When Scott learned that a rival expedition had come along he lost his nerves. Following events could be traced step-by-step and still the winner is unequivocal. Strongman Amundsen won the race by four weeks. His outward track was safe and he made it to Tasmania. Scott conquered the South Pole but couldn't make it homeward. He and his crew died ice-locked in a tent eleven miles from the nearest depot.

Amundsen was the best explorer from late Age of Discoveries. He represents the ideal Nordic type - a real Viking of Modern Times. Some thought Amundsen was crazy enough to do all these exploits. Look at his biography in the forthcoming 20 years. He first went through the NW passage (1903-1906). He made west-east transit of NE passage with new ship "Maud" where he adopted two Chukchi girls then dismissed them (1918-1920). He reached the North Pole again with airship "Norge", a dirigible constructed by Italian Umberto Nobile (1926). Last, two years later, at age 56 he dashed forward to save his friend Nobile who crashed over the pole with "Norge". Mussolini didn't wanted him to make the rescue flight but Amundsen took a French seaplane for private mission and perished in sky. Nobile and the castaways were saved by Russian ice-breaker "Krasin". Well, that's it ...


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