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7 April 2002 (USA) See more »
On the brink of death - courage was his only weapon.
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. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Kenneth Branagh ... Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
John Grillo ... Franks
Paul Humpoletz ... Man in Audience (as Paul Humpeletz)

Phoebe Nicholls ... Emily Shackleton

Eve Best ... Eleanor Shackleton

Mark Tandy ... Frank Shackleton
Cicely Delaney ... Cecily Shackleton
Christian Young ... Raymond Shackleton

Embeth Davidtz ... Rosalind Chetwynd
Gino Melvazzi ... Head Waiter

Danny Webb ... Perris

Lorcan Cranitch ... Frank Wild

Michael Culkin ... Jack Morgan
Mark McGann ... Tom Crean
Abby Ford ... Marcie

Ron Donachie ... Keltie

Corin Redgrave ... Lord Curzon
Robert Swann ... Freshfield

Chris Larkin ... George Marston
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Janet Stancombe Wills

Peter Cartwright ... Judge
Ben Silverstone ... Very Young Applicant

Shaun Dooley ... Hubert Hudson

Nicholas Rowe ... Thomas Orde-Lees
Richard Cant ... First Lieutenant
Mathew Ashwood ... Second Lieutenant

Mark Williams ... Dudley Docker
Roger May ... Cavalry Officer
Hal Cruttenden ... Bearded Applicant

Kevin McNally ... Frank Worsley

Joseph Long ... Oddenino
Matt Wilkinson ... Assistant Director

Robert Hardy ... Sir James Caird
Bruce Byron ... Harbour

Pip Torrens ... James McIlroy
Nicholas Hewetson ... Alexander Macklin

Ingar Helge Gimle ... Whaleman
Jamie Lee ... James Wordie
Christian Steel ... Leonard Hussey

Rick Warden ... John Vincent

Ken Drury ... Henry McNeish
Craig Cheetham ... Walter How

Ian Mercer ... Ernest Holness
Hugh Simon ... Equerry
Rupert Frazer ... King George V

Matt Day ... Frank Hurley
Paul Bigley ... Charles Green

Nigel Whitmey ... William Bakewell

Celyn Jones ... Perce Blackborow
Sven Nordin ... Jacobsen
Rolf Arly Lund ... Capt. Thoralf
Angus Barnett ... Wounded Soldier (as Angus Barnet)

Hugh Ross ... Marsh
Bjørn Floberg ... Sorlie (as Bjorn Floberg)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claudia Coulter ... Italian Maid

Hallvard Holmen ... Whale
Mira Husseini ... Not credited
Mac ... Mrs. Chippy the Cat

James Embree ... Officer on Horseback (uncredited)

Stephen Greif ... Valiente (uncredited)
Rebecca Johnson ... Nurse Shackleton (uncredited)
Christian Santos ... Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Sturridge 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Sturridge 

Produced by
Francesca Barra .... executive producer: Firstsight Films
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer: A&E
Selwyn Roberts .... producer
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... line producer
Snorri Þórisson .... line producer: Iceland (as Snorri Thorisson)
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Henry Braham 
Film Editing by
Peter Coulson 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Michael Howells 
Art Direction by
Lynne Huitson 
Matthew Robinson  (as Matt Robinson)
Set Decoration by
Judy Farr 
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
Makeup Department
Jeffrey Haines .... assistant hair stylist
Carol Hemming .... hair designer
Rossana Parker .... makeup artist
Janine Schneider .... makeup artist
Julia Wilson .... makeup artist
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Downes .... second assistant director
Ryan Green .... additional assistant director
Ben Lanning .... third assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Martin O'Malley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joshua Barraud .... stand-by props (as Josh Barraud)
Guy Bradley .... draughtsman
Lindsay Brunnock .... stand-by art director
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
Graham Cole .... stand-by carpenter
Colin Ellis .... dressing props
Bruce Gordon .... head sculptor
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Colin Grey .... dressing props
Jane Harwood .... art department assistant
Dougie Lankston .... props storeman
Katie Lee .... production buyer
Ben Lloyd .... stand-by stagehand
Joshua Meath-Baker .... graphics
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter
Mitch Niclas .... dressing propman: Iceland/Greenland
Gerry O'Connor .... dressing props
John Palmer .... chargehand dressing props
Allen J. Polley .... property master (as Allen Polley)
Tom Roberts .... stand-by painter (as Tommy Roberts)
Danny Rogers .... graphic designer
Jacob Yocum .... props
Sound Department
Jonathan Allen .... sound recording engineer
Philip Barnes .... digital sound editor (as Phil Barnes)
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
Kevin Brazier .... digital sound editor
Robert Brazier .... additional foley mixer
Wayne Brooks .... digital sound editor
Dave Humphries .... sound re-recording mixer
Blair Jollands .... digital sound editor
Mitch Low .... sound assistant
John Rodda .... sound mixer
Mike Ross-Trevor .... sound recording engineer
Alan Sallabank .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Swanscott .... foley mixer
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Davis III .... senior special effects technician (as James Davis)
James Davis III .... special effects technician (as James Davis)
Martin Geeson .... special effects technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Martin Neill .... senior special effects technician
Neil Peters .... mechanical engineer
Trevor Williams .... special effects technician
David Holt .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Scott Griffin .... visual effects line producer
Charles Howell .... visual effects coordinator
Matthew Leach .... vfx runner
Christian Manz .... visual effects editor
Sirio Quintavalle .... digital effects artist
George Roper .... visual effects editor
Asa Shoul .... telecine colorist
Fiona Walkinshaw .... visual effects producer
Tim Webber .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Bailey .... remote camera technician
Barry Bellotti .... generator operator
Robert Binnall .... focus puller: second unit
Vincent Blasco .... grip: second unit
Nick Briggs .... still photographer
Gary Cross .... best boy
Roy Elston .... electrical rigger
John Foster .... focus puller
Robin Gautier .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Darren Grosch .... electrician
Alan Hall .... clapper loader
Thomas Harrison .... camera trainee
Simon Heck .... video assist operator
Robert Hooker .... stand-by rigger
Gary Hymns .... grip
Steve Langley .... electrician
Dean Morrish .... underwater first assistant camera
Larry Randall .... electrical gaffer
Sean Savage .... camera operator
Casting Department
Alex Johnson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denny Edwards .... costume assistant
Allan Hay .... costumer
Steven Kirkby .... wardrobe master
Rosemary Lis .... costume assistant
Richard Pointing .... costume supervisor
Rachel Turner .... wardrobe researcher
Pat Williamson .... senior costume assistant
Rachel Turner .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Matthew Briggs .... associate editor
Justin Eely .... on-line editor
Adam Green .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Roland Heap .... assistant scoring engineer
Barnaby Robson .... musician
Paul Talkington .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Terry Pritchard .... driver: kenneth branagh
Other crew
Natalie Brown .... location assistant
Tony Clarkson .... assistant location manager
Tony Clarkson .... location manager
Bill Darby .... location manager
R.H. Davies .... marine coordinator
Kate Ereira .... researcher
Duncan Flower .... assistant location manager
Simone Goodridge .... assistant production coordinator
James Greenslade .... production legal
Isla Hampson .... assistant: Polar Bird
Jill Harrington .... assistant to producer
Ryan Harrington .... production coordinator
Roland Huntford .... consultant
David Ingham .... assistant accountant
Karen Jones .... script supervisor
Nick Lewis .... arctic advisor
Andrew MacLean .... assistant accountant
Jean Luc Mafrand .... helicopter engineer
Jon Miller .... assistant accountant
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Tony Miller .... production accountant
Richard Murgatroyd .... helicopter pilot
Frédéric North .... aerial coordinator
Fran Ocio .... assistant: Polar Bird
Samar Pollitt .... floor runner
David Rootes .... arctic advisor
Jane Ryan .... floor runner
Alexandra Shackleton .... consultant (as The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton)
Doug Smith .... satellite feed mixer
Kelly Spearman .... production runner
Emily Stillman .... production coordinator
Phil Stoole .... stand-in
Keith Whale .... production assistant: Polar Bird
Marlea Willis .... unit publicist: A&E Network
Davíð Charles Friðbertsson .... production runner (uncredited)
Darren Helman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Hutchins .... production runner (uncredited)

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206 min (2 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2008) | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | UK:PG (part 1) | UK:15 (part 2) | USA:Approved
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[descending the snow-covered mountain, they slip and begin sliding down]
Sir Ernest Shackleton:Well, so much for cutting steps. Maybe we could get further on our arses!
Frank Worsley:We don't know what's ahead. There could be a precipice!
Tom Crean:Not according to the map.
Sir Ernest Shackleton:"Not according to the map!"
Sir Ernest Shackleton:Shall we?
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A compelling tribute to Shackleton and his men, 5 January 2002
Author: Geofbob from London, England

This is a worthy drama, relating in reasonably accurate terms, the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic in 1914/16. Ironically, though this expedition failed, it probably gained more fame for its leader than if it had succeeded. Amundsen had already reached the South Pole in 1912; and Scott had tragically perished with his colleagues in the same year; so Shackleton's aim was not just to reach the Pole, but to cross the continent. But his ship, the Endurance, got stuck in the pack-ice and eventually went down. Shackleton's fame rests on his untiring efforts to lead his team of about 30 men to safety, which after two years he finally did - not a man was lost.

Kenneth Branagh, who physically resembles Shackleton, plays the man in full British hero mode, though at the same time he displays his human side, and the obsessive streak which drove him first to organise the expedition in the face of much opposition; and then to make a priority of saving himself and his men, when the Antarctic crossing became impossible. It was as though Shackleton could feel the ghost of Scott urging him on.

Much of the first of the film's two parts is taken up with Shackleton's private life; not only do we meet his wife Emily (Phoebe Nicholls) and children, but his mistress Rosalind Chetwynd (Embeth Davidtz), and his brother Frank (Mark Tandy) who embarrassingly was serving a gaol term for an unconnected fraud while Shackleton was trying to raise money for his venture. But most of all in the first episode, we learn how difficult it was for Shackleton to convince private sponsors and organisations like the Royal Geographical Society to support him.

The expedition itself is covered in the second part, when we see how after the Endurance became stuck, the team had to camp on the ice for months before rowing 800 miles in small boats, to Elephant Island. From there, Shackleton with a few others sailed, again in a small boat, to South Georgia. Even then, he had to scale and descend a difficult mountain to reach help. We then cut to the rescue of the men on Elephant Island, and we are informed only via voice-over that this eventual rescue was achieved only at the fourth attempt. It would have been more satisfying to see some of this final portion of the tale related in visuals, with some of the preliminary scenes in the first episode being cut - but production and budgetary considerations probably played a part in this.

All the acting is of a high order; but particular mention should be made of Matt Day in the key role of Frank Hurly, the Australian photographer (who shot both stills and moving film); and Ken Drury as McNish, the carpenter, the one man to argue with Shackleton about his plans and actions. Much of the action was shot in the snow and ice of Greenland and Iceland, but in the event not as much as was originally planned, and on occasion the transition from location to studio shots is apparent.(See the TV documentary - Shackleton: Breaking the Ice - about the making of the film.) Nevertheless, the film as a whole is convincing, exciting and at times moving.

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