The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his 28 man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.
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 Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (2 episodes, 2002)
John Grillo ...
 Franks (2 episodes, 2002)
Paul Humpoletz ...
 Man in Audience (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Emily Shackleton (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Eleanor Shackleton (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Frank Shackleton (2 episodes, 2002)
Cicely Delaney ...
 Cecily Shackleton (2 episodes, 2002)
Christian Young ...
 Raymond Shackleton (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Rosalind Chetwynd (2 episodes, 2002)
Gino Melvazzi ...
 Head Waiter (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Perris (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Frank Wild (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Jack Morgan (2 episodes, 2002)
Mark McGann ...
 Tom Crean (2 episodes, 2002)
Abby Ford ...
 Marcie (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Keltie (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Lord Curzon (2 episodes, 2002)
Robert Swann ...
 Freshfield (2 episodes, 2002)
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 George Marston (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Janet Stancombe Wills (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Judge (2 episodes, 2002)
Ben Silverstone ...
 Very Young Applicant (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Hubert Hudson (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Thomas Orde-Lees (2 episodes, 2002)
Richard Cant ...
 First Lieutenant (2 episodes, 2002)
Mathew Ashwood ...
 Second Lieutenant (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Dudley Docker (2 episodes, 2002)
Roger May ...
 Cavalry Officer (2 episodes, 2002)
Hal Cruttenden ...
 Bearded Applicant (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Frank Worsley (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Oddenino (2 episodes, 2002)
Matt Wilkinson ...
 Assistant Director (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Sir James Caird (2 episodes, 2002)
Bruce Byron ...
 Harbour (2 episodes, 2002)
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 James McIlroy (2 episodes, 2002)
Nicholas Hewetson ...
 Alexander Macklin (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Whaleman (2 episodes, 2002)
Jamie Lee ...
 James Wordie (2 episodes, 2002)
Christian Steel ...
 Leonard Hussey (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Henry McNeish (2 episodes, 2002)
Craig Cheetham ...
 Walter How (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Ernest Holness (2 episodes, 2002)
Hugh Simon ...
 Equerry (2 episodes, 2002)
Rupert Frazer ...
 King George V (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Frank Hurley (2 episodes, 2002)
Paul Bigley ...
 Charles Green (2 episodes, 2002)
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 William Bakewell (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Perce Blackborow (2 episodes, 2002)
Sven Nordin ...
 Jacobsen (2 episodes, 2002)
Rolf Arly Lund ...
 Capt. Thoralf (2 episodes, 2002)
Angus Barnett ...
 Wounded Soldier (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Marsh (2 episodes, 2002)
Claudia Coulter ...
 Italian Maid (2 episodes, 2002)
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The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his 28 man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.

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On the brink of death - courage was his only weapon.


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Trivia

The scene in which Shakleton threatens to throw his gloves overboard if the crewman doesn't take them is based on a true incident. In actuality it was Frank Hurley who wouldn't take them. See more »

Goofs

When the men start hauling their boats over the ice, we see the name "J. Caird" clearly painted on one of them. A few minutes later Shackleton announces he has decided to name the boats and unveils the painted names for the first time. See more »

Quotes

[on repairing ice damage to the Endurance]
Henry McNish: I can make it waterproof, but no' iceproof.
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Connections

Features Dr. Mawson in the Antarctic (1913) See more »

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Authenticity reigns
7 January 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Screened in two parts, each of two hours this made-for-television film is a must see for anyone wanting to know more about the voyage of the Endurance in 1914 and Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to be the first to journey directly across the Antarctic continent.

This drama was very polished in all respects, right down to the authenticity of the camera angle that the expedition's photographer Frank Hurley used when we was on the trip. Branagh is probably the best choice to play Shackleton and he supported by an able cast, who it has to be said, do not get to share very much of his limelight. But then this is a very remarkable story about a very remarkable leader of men and the sheer power of the courage displayed, together with the stunning visuals makes up for the lengthy first half, based mostly in Britain.

This is a powerful drama with a fine supporting cast. Overlong in places but for their patience, the viewer is rewarded with detailed authenticity and first class entertainment.


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