A record of Captain Scott's 1911 South Pole expedition.






Credited cast:
F.R.G. Evans ...
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Herbert G. Ponting ...
Commentator (voice)
Robert Falcon Scott ...
Himself (archive footage)


This is a documentary of Captain R.F. Scott's second Antarctic expedition, begun in 1910. The British, under Scott, attempted to reach the South Pole before Roald Amundsen's Norwegians. Scott's writings reveal that the British made it to the South Pole, only to find that the Norwegians had gotten there first. Scott, and the other four men who had made it to the Pole with him, died on the return trip. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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The story of an immortal adventure







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1 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

90 Degrees South  »

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1.37 : 1
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A Cold Journey into the Birth of Documentary Film
9 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can imagine that this film would have been quite remarkable in 1933 when the first incarnation appeared. It still serves as a fantastic tale of humanities quest for the unknown and his perseverance in the face of the worst conditions that the earth can produce. Yet, as a viewer of the film in the 21st century, I found the film to be somewhat dull. The development of the characters, even the stalwart Captain, are not very well explained. The amount of drive and obsession that the people that would be willing to take such a journey is simply explained away as British Nationalism,and to a calloused modern viewer such as myself, this simply was not sufficient explanation. Yet, as a historical document, this film is well worth the hour and ten minutes of viewing time, and some of the early footage of the Antartic is truly amazing.

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