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)
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 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)
Ingar Helge Gimle ...
 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

This project was written and directed by Charles Sturridge, who directed Brideshead Revisited (1981). In this production he is reunited with Brideshead actors Phoebe Nicholls and John Grillo. 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 »

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Sir Ernest Shackleton: First let me say that if war is declared, any man who wishes to leave the expedition to serve his country is free to do so. It is clear to me where our first duty lies, and this morning I telegraphed the First Lord of the Admiralty and put our ship, and every one of us, at his disposal. We now await his decision. I hope you will forgive me, but I particularly asked that if he saw fit to employ us in the service of our country, that might he allow us to stay together, erhaps aboard a destroyer. ...
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Wonderful movie, and the right length
30 December 2002 | by (Central, SC) – See all my reviews

I've read a lot of very good comments on this movie, but I have one more to add.

A lot of people are complaining about the length of the movie, but I believe that it adds to the quality of the movie. Rather than just a two hour "short flick" about the year-plus long voyage, it drags out for 4 hours, and rather slowly at times. I have to believe that this mirrors the ordeal that these men went through and adds to the viewer's already deep plunge into the frozen ice world.

This is by far one of the best TV movies I have ever seen. Kenneth does another fabulous job in a quality role, and to comment on someone else's observation about the film's lack of personalizing Shackleton in the second half, I also believe that to be a good choice and an accurate one. If you're leading an expedition and are dead set on keeping everyone alive, you cannot let your own emotions get involved in your decision-making, else you die with everyone else.

I give this movie a 10 because I can find no obvious flaws or anything that takes away from the experience.


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