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Encounters at the End of the World -- In this one-of-kind documentary, Herzog turns his camera on a group of remarkable individuals, "professional dreamers" who work, play and struggle to survive in a harsh landscape of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty - perhaps the last frontier on earth.
Encounters at the End of the World -- This is the theatrical trailer for Encounters at the End of the World: Theatrical Trailer, Werner Herzog's documentary on life in Antarctica.
Encounters at the End of the World -- Discussion about hole-diving in Antarctica.


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18 July 2008 (USA) See more »
Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Werner Herzog ... Narrator
Scott Rowland ... Himself - Transportation Dept.
Stefan Pashov ... Himself - Philosopher, Forklift Driver
Doug MacAyeal ... Himself - Glaciologist (as Douglas MacAyeal)
Ryan Andrew Evans ... Himself - Filmmaker, Cook (as Ryan A. Evans)
Kevin Emery ... Himself - Survival School Instructor
Olav T. Oftedal ... Himself - Nutritional Ecologist
Regina Eisert ... Herself - Physiologist
David R. Pacheco Jr. ... Himself - Journeyman Plumber
Samuel S. Bowser ... Himself - Cell Biologist
Jan Pawlowski ... Himself - Zoologist
William Jirsa ... Himself - Linguist, Computer Expert
Karen Joyce ... Herself - Traveler, Computer Expert
Libor Zicha ... Himself - Utility Mechanic
Ashrita Furman ... Himself - Multiple World Record Holder
David Ainley ... Himself - Marine Ecologist
William McIntosh ... Himself - Volcanologist, Geochronologist
Clive Oppenheimer ... Himself - Volcanologist
Peter Gorham ... Himself - Physicist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Shackleton ... Himself (archive footage)

Shaun Phillip Cantwell ... General Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Writing credits
Werner Herzog (written by)

Produced by
Randall M. Boyd .... supervising producer
Phil Fairclough .... co-executive producer
Dave Harding .... co-executive producer (as David S. Harding)
Julian Hobbs .... executive producer: Discovery Channel
Henry Kaiser .... producer
Andrea Meditch .... executive producer: Discovery Films
Erik Nelson .... executive producer
Tree Wright .... associate producer (as Tree Leyburn)
Original Music by
Henry Kaiser 
David Lindley 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
Production Management
W. Clark Bunting .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Films (as Clark Bunting)
Jessica DeJong .... production manager
Jane Root .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel
Art Department
Douglas Martin .... motion graphics
Bruce McCall .... original artwork
Sound Department
Stephen Hart .... recording engineer
Werner Herzog .... sound
Michael Klinger .... post-production mixer
Josh Michael .... recording assistant
Robert Noone .... location sound
Michael Paul .... location sound
Douglas Quin .... sound designer
D.D. Stenehjem .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Iain Marcks .... digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Creevy .... grip
Jane Gray .... grip
Henry Kaiser .... underwater photographer
Editorial Department
Danica Barnes .... on-line editor
Bartholomew Burcham .... assistant editor
Herrianne Cayabyab .... assistant on-line editor
Ryan Delk .... first assistant editor
Colin Hatton .... post-production coordinator
Brian Hutchings .... colorist: Alpha Dogs, Inc.
David W. Ryan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jen Baker .... musician
Joe Bini .... music editor
Danielle DeGruttola .... musician
Stephen Hart .... score mixer
Stephen Hart .... score recording engineer
Henry Kaiser .... music producer
Cheryl Leonard .... musician
David Lindley .... music editor
Damon Smith .... musician
William Winant .... musician
Other crew
Paul De Cham .... post facilities manager
Ryan Andrew Evans .... production assistant (as Ryan Evans)
Jason Farrell .... supplier: video equipment
Patricia Jackson .... location manager
Lola Mitchell .... production coordinator
Jane Priester .... production coordinator
Cynthia Shapiro .... business affairs
Robert Smits .... supplier: video equipment
Lloyd Austin .... thanks
Samuel S. Bowser .... thanks (as Samuel Bowser)
Ed Brawley .... thanks
Steve Clabuesch .... thanks
Dug Coons .... thanks
Art Devries .... thanks
Roger Ebert .... dedicatee
Guy Guthridge .... thanks
Kevin Hoefling .... thanks
Elaine Hood .... thanks
David T. Huang .... thanks (as David T. Huang)
Philip Kyle .... thanks
Greg Prian .... thanks
Rob Robbins .... thanks
Kim Stanley Robinson .... thanks
Kim Silverman .... thanks

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99 min
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Australia:G | Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario/Québec) | Germany:0 | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:G | UK:U | USA:G

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Werner Herzog dedicated the film to Roger Ebert, who he calls a true "warrior of cinema". Due to the dedication Ebert could not review the film, but he wrote a complimentary letter to Herzog and later published it.See more »
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49 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Not another movie about penguins., 18 October 2007
Author: snafoolery from United States

My school recently sponsored a screening of this film with Werner Herzog himself in attendance. Herzog joked with the audience that part of his ambition to make this film was because he wanted to document the Antarctic without making "another movie about penguins." And although a portion of the movie DOES contain a segment about penguins, it plays a minor role in a film of many elements which compose a curious and beautiful documentary. It is a study of both Nature and Man: by turns breathtaking in its landscape (especially the underwater photography), at other times funny and serious, as Herzog interviews the motley crew of individuals who call Antarctica home for the greater part of the year. Herzog narrates the film with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, yet always maintains respect for the subjects he covers. While he quipped with us afterward that this is not your typical Discovery Channel fare, he said he hopes to broadcast this film sometime on Discovery early next year. If that is the case, it is not a documentary anyone should miss.

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