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A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Liam Neeson ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Ayer ... Himself (Grandson of expedition member)
John Blackborow ... Himself (Grandson of expedition member)

David Cale ... Hubert Hudson (voice)

John Henry Cox ... William Bakewell (voice)
Mary Crean O'Brien ... Herself (daughter of Tom Crean)
Steven Crossley ... Alexander Macklin / 'Chippy' McNish / James Wordie (voice)

Brian d'Arcy James ... Frank Wild (voice) (as Brian Darcy James)
Drew De Carvalho ... Frank Hurley (voice)
Dominic Hawksley ... Thomas Orde-Lees (voice)
Roland Huntford ... Himself (historian)
Ron Keith ... Walter How (voice)
Tom McNeish ... Himself (Grandson of McNish)
Simon Prebble ... Ernest Shackleton (voice)
Paul Ricketts ... Frank Worsley (voice)
Jonathan Shackleton ... Himself (Cousin of Shackleton)
Ian Stuart ... Lionel Greenstreet (voice)
Peter Wordie ... Himself (Son of J. Wordie)
Ernest Shackleton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
George Butler 
Writing credits
Caroline Alexander (book)

Caroline Alexander (written by) &
Joseph Dorman (written by)

Produced by
Caroline Alexander .... executive producer
Paula Apsell .... executive producer
Prudence Arndt .... archival producer
George Butler .... producer
Bowe Ferrer .... associate producer
L. Dennis Kozlowski .... executive producer
John M. Levinson .... associate producer (as Dr. John M. Levinson)
John H. MacBain .... associate producer
John Mack .... executive producer
Terrence Malick .... executive producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Louise Rosen .... co-producer
Mike Ryan .... executive producer
Sarah Scully .... associate producer
Steven Stoke .... line producer
Werner Zehnder .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Sandi Sissel 
Film Editing by
Melissa Hacker 
Joshua Waletzky 
Production Management
Robert Warmflash .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... sound designer
Peter Miller .... sound
Greg Smith .... sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Wiskes .... sound
Visual Effects by
Keith Yurevitz .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Castaldi .... camera operator
Tom Hurwitz .... additional cinematographer
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera
Scott Ransom .... additional camera operator: Antarctic
John M. Roche .... second electrician: reunion segment
Jeff Victor .... additional camera operator
Animation Department
Joshua Waletzky .... director of photo animation
Editorial Department
Marion Delarche .... assistant editor
Johanna Giebelhaus .... assistant editor
Jessica Lucas .... assistant editor
Martin Quaden .... production assistant: post-production
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter
Music Department
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Nathaniel Reichman .... assistant music
Other crew
Lindsay Kirkley .... production assistant
Jennifer Latham .... production coordinator
Christopher Dillon Quinn .... title designer
Christopher T. Sadler .... assistant production coordinator
Sarah Scully .... researcher: photo-film

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"The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" - USA (original title)
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97 min | Germany:90 min (25 fps) (TV premiere)
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Nature is indifferent to the dreams of mankind., 11 June 2006
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

The Endurance is a truly fascinating account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's failed Antarctic expedition of 1914-1916. Shackelton was an adventurer looking for greatness in perhaps the last great uncharted portion of the earth at that time. He set out with 27 other adventurous young men (mostly from the UK) in a modest ship bound for the icy world of Antarctica. Their goal, once they got there, would be to walk across the continent and claim it for England. The South Pole had already been discovered, but apparently that was not enough to stake a claim to the entire continent at that time.

Shackleton is described as a man who admittedly "was not really good at anything". He was simply looking for prominence in one of the last places one could find it at that time. The crew, an assortment of various sailors and craftsmen, were warned of the dangers and low pay of such a venture. However the chance of gaining acclaim for accomplishing such a feat was enough to get hundreds of men to sign up. The crew were chosen and the boat was set to sail at the outset of WWI. Shackleton actually offered to postpone his mission and donate his ship The Endurance to the war effort, but the government let him go, anyway. Ironically, the ship never even made it to Antacrtica before things went to hell. Nobody from this party ever set foot on the continent.

About 100 miles from the coast, the boat became hopelessly stuck in pack ice. Shackleton made the decision to wait until the following spring when the ice would break up to resume the trip. Before spring could come, however, The Endurance would be crushed by the ice. The crew were forced to shoot their sled dogs to save food rations. The last of the dogs were actually eaten by the crew. The crew were forced to then drag the remaining life boats several miles to open water where they would then have to island-hop their way to civilization in some of the coldest and most choppy seas on earth. Along the way, the group is splintered in three parts, as it just becomes impossible to transport so many men in the tiny lifeboats. Somehow, over the span of nearly two years, Shackleton and his men are eventually all rescued. There are some incredible individual acts of heroism, and even an odd case of mutiny along the way. But Shackleton's leadership and confidence always seems to keep the group alive.

Once the men return home, they find that their own heroism has been dwarfed by so many men who had given their lives on the battlefields of WWI. Many of Shackleton's crew enlist in the army to almost certain death, and one is left to wonder about the logic behind it all. To stay alive through impossible circumstances for nearly two years, then go out and give your life for one of the most pointless conflicts in human history? People's attitudes must have been somewhat different back then.

The film is a visual treat. Still and moving footage from the actual expedition is inter-cut with current shots of the areas these men traveled through. The scenery is breathtaking, and you get a real feel for how desperate these mens' circumstances really were. Liam Neeson narrates, and he gives the material even further dignity. After watching the film, you can't help but realize how insignificant we humans are in the scope of the natural world. How any of these men made it back alive is a miracle. Nature lives by its own rules, and any time we humans attempt to conquer it, we run the risk of falling victim to its indifference to our plight.

9 of 10 stars.

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