ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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The Last of the Curlews 

The last male Eskimo curlew, his search for a mate, and the problems they face as they make the treacherous migration from the high arctic tundra to Argentina and back to the nesting grounds.

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The last male Eskimo curlew, his search for a mate, and the problems they face as they make the treacherous migration from the high arctic tundra to Argentina and back to the nesting grounds.

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4 October 1972 (USA)  »

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This was the first in a long line of ABC Afterschool Specials. See more »

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Memorable song
8 July 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

My memories of this film follow the others who have posted here. I was eleven, and eagerly ran home to watch this; it was the very first Afterschool Special, and our teacher had done an entire lesson on it, based, I now realise, on a press kit that ABC must have sent out to schools. My teacher was way into environmentalism, so this hit him where he lived.

Suitably primed, I tuned in, and had the same reaction as the others here; the memory remains vivid all these years later. Another thing I remember was a haunting song, sung in an ethereal female voice, that came and went during montages of the birds: "Once/On golden wings/You and I/Went wandering..." That's all I remember, and even now it chokes me up. I Googled those lines, but apparently no-one else remembers this song.

Our teacher continued to prep us for the Afterschool Specials that year (they must have come out every three months or so?), but none of the others had the impact that the first one did. The only other one I recall was about Shakespeare, consisting mostly of actors declaiming lines from his plays. We all thought it was boring. "The Last of the Curlews" was a hard act to follow.


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