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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Riveting. Moving. Thrilling. Disturbing. A Must See., 16 January 2009

"The Endurance" is one of the most amazing, unforgettable movies I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of movies.) I wish I could require everyone to see it. "The Endurance" makes a mockery of most of what passes for action-adventure. It leaves comic book movies like 2008's "The Dark Knight," in its dust.

"The Endurance" tells the story of Ernest Shackleton's alternately miraculous and disastrous Antarctic expedition of 1914. For the bulk of the film's runtime, I was on the edge of my seat, gasping, overwhelmed by the horror and magnitude of the nightmarish conditions Shackleton and his men confronted. The men, stuck in Antarctica, watch their ship, their sole sure escape, crushed into a pile of toothpicks by heaving chunks of ice. A man wakes in the middle of the night to realize that the ice under his tent has shifted; he plunges, in his sleeping bag, into Antarctic Ocean. Sled dogs go from being trusted allies and team members to something starving men debate eating. These conditions didn't last for an hour or a day or a month, but for over a year.

Bad luck is followed by almost miraculous momentary deliverance. At one desperate point, the fate of his men hanging on his ability to carry out an almost impossible task – walking non-stop for 36 hours across unmapped cliffs, mountains, and glaciers, after months of malnutrition and under-using the muscles in his legs – Shackleton is convinced that a supernatural companion accompanies him. Mary Crean O'Brien, daughter of Tom Crean, who also made this trek with Shackleton, insists that that ghostly companion had been sent by "the man upstairs." One may scoff, but in this trek, Shackleton just missed a blizzard that, had he had to walk through it, would have certainly killed him. But what about all the bad luck that damned Shackleton and his men to their icy prison? This is a film that has you asking the big questions. Why do men do these crazy things? What does suffering mean, especially given how hard some people seek it out? Are these men greater than the rest of us, or merely mad? Where are frontiers, and heroes like this today? "Endurance" gets you thinking about culture. The British Empire gets a bad rap, but it did train its men to be honorable, and to live up to a code of conduct. Shackleton and his men were stoic, self-sacrificing, and learned to transcend class and ethnic differences. I had to wonder how a group of youths trained by our current values of whining, victimization, selfishness, identity politics and deviance would have responded under a similar catastrophe.

The film is beautiful to look at. The filmmakers traveled to the Antarctic and complement Frank Hurley's, antique, black-and-white film footage and still photographs with modern, color footage. The effect is mesmerizing. The modern film footage plunges you into the Antarctic; you will feel cold. You will contemplate turquoise shadows on pure white icebergs, ice-choked sea, and blizzards as aesthetic phenomena, as guardians of the last frontier, and as enemies who want to stop the blood in your veins and suck your body several fathoms down.

I have to confess that I found this film hard to watch. And I couldn't stop watching it. After it was done, I really needed time to decompress. Moment after moment juggles human lives and fates. I'll never forget this film, though, and its demonstration of the power of the human spirit.

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