Shackleton (2002)

TV Movie  |  Approved  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  7 April 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Grillo ...
Paul Humpoletz ...
Man in Audience (as Paul Humpeletz)
Emily Shackleton
Eleanor Shackleton
Frank Shackleton
Cicely Delaney ...
Cecily Shackleton
Christian Young ...
Raymond Shackleton
Rosalind Chetwynd
Gino Melvazzi ...
Head Waiter
Frank Wild
Jack Morgan
Mark McGann ...
Tom Crean
Abby Ford ...


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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7 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Ernest Shackleton  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Sir Ernest Shackleton: I love you. I couldn't go on without you, and that is the truth. But, I don't know what to do.
Emily Shackleton: You have to go, I know you do. If you didn't, who would you be?
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excellent, in the footsteps of Scott
3 January 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have only just finished watching this compelling two parter. I have previously been a fan of the Scott of the Antarctic story and the John Mills film of the same; I was apprehensive of the outcome of this made for TV version.

However, the result was superb. The acting , cast and script matched the quatilty of the original tale. An epic true human story of Endurance, deserved to be well presented and it was. You can only be left in awe of the men who took part in the original incident. Treat yourself to this if you have not already seen it, but wear some warm clothing, you feel the chill of the realism - I loved it. 10/10

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