March of the Penguins (2005)
"La marche de l'empereur" (original title)

G  |   |  Documentary  |  22 July 2005 (USA)
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A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march -- single file -- to their traditional breeding ground.



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Credited cast:
Le père (voice)
La mère (voice)
Jules Sitruk ...
Le bébé (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Narrator (voice)
Gösta Ekman ...
Narrator (voice)
Fiorello ...
Narrator (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Hikari Ishida ...
Haha-Penguin (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ...
Ko-Penguin (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Takao Ohsawa ...
Chichi-Penguin (voice)


Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, deep in the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, a truly remarkable journey takes place as it has done for millennia. Emperor penguins in their thousands abandon the deep blue security of their ocean home and clamber onto the frozen ice to begin their long journey into a region so bleak, so extreme, it supports no other wildlife at this time of year. In single file, the penguins march blinded by blizzards, buffeted by gale force winds. Guided by instinct, by the otherworldly radiance of the Southern Cross, they head unerringly for their traditional breeding ground where--after a ritual courtship of intricate dances and delicate maneuvering, accompanied by a cacophony of ecstatic song--they will pair off into monogamous couples and mate. The females remain long enough only to lay a single egg. Once this is accomplished, exhausted by weeks without nourishment, they begin their return journey across the ice-field to the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way




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Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA)  »

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March of the Penguins  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,383,709 (France) (28 January 2005)


$378,316 (Argentina) (9 June 2006)

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Did You Know?


During the 2005 Houston Art Car Weekend - a 1981 Datsun 210 station wagon was created using the film's theme as a promotional/marketing tool - the art car theme was titled "Ant-CAR-tica - The March of the Penguins". This art car was used as a promotion for the film's release in the Houston, TX area. After the film's release, the art car sculpture was dismantled. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating voice over] There are few places hard to get to in this world. But there aren't any where it's harder to live.
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Crazy Credits

As the closing credits roll, footage is shown of the photographers dragging their equipment across the ice, setting up their cameras, and shooting film as the penguins walk around them. See more »


Referenced in Des manchots et des hommes (2005) See more »

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12 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps the most amazing animal documentary ever. The footage was gathered in what truly must be "the harshest place on earth". It is barren, cold beyond cold and then there is the endless night of winter. The underwater footage was my favorite, but every single frame is magnificent. I can't wait for the DVD, so I can see how the filmmakers did this.

The narration is less objective than it is romantic - making it less a true documentary than a story, but that is fine in this case, and Morgan Freeman does a great job. You really should make the effort to see this on the big screen - it is absolutely stunning!

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