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)  »

Also Known As:

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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When released, became the second highest grossing theatrical documentary (after Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)). 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 Troldspejlet: Episode #40.10 (2008) See more »

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I Just Loved It
2 July 2005 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

There's really nothing not to like about this movie. It is interesting being shown how the penguins behave and simultaneously told what they are thinking. Obviously the imagery is rather objective but the subjective "story" told makes this a movie rather than an Animal Planet TV show. The Story is amazing. Fact is truly stranger than fiction. The characters are well developed; the hero more beautifully photogenic than Brad Pitt and A. Jolie combined; the plot is compelling; and though the ending can never be in doubt its story is both riveting and the resolution impactful. I took my date and my 7 year old and we all loved it.

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