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Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

The story of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's 1912 expedition and his quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in Antarctica.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

Walter Meade (screenplay), Ivor Montagu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Captain R.F. Scott R.N.
Diana Churchill ... Kathleen Scott
Harold Warrender Harold Warrender ... Dr. E.A. Wilson
Anne Firth Anne Firth ... Oriana Wilson
Derek Bond ... Captain L.E.G. Oates
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Lt. H.R. Bowers R.I.M.
James Robertson Justice ... P.O. (Taff) Evans, R.N.
Kenneth More ... Lt. E.G.R.(Teddy) Evans R.N.
Norman Williams Norman Williams ... Chief Stoker W. Lashly R.N.
John Gregson ... P.O. T. Crean R.N.
James McKechnie James McKechnie ... Surgeon Lt. E.L.Atkinson R.N. (as James Mc Kechnie)
Barry Letts ... Apsley Cherry-Gerrard
Dennis Vance ... Charles S. Wright
Larry Burns Larry Burns ... P.O. P. Keohane R.N.
Edward Lisak Edward Lisak ... Dimitri
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Storyline

The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The noblest adventure man ever dared!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scotts letzte Fahrt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Scott jokes that he will bring a penguin back from Antarctica for his son Peter. Peter Scott (1909-1989) became an eminent ornithologist and conservationist, who founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. See more »

Goofs

Scott and Oates meet in a doorway. The lighting on Scott's face changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Wilson: How far did Shackleton get?
Captain Scott: He got to within 90 miles of the Pole.
Oriana Wilson: Isn't 90 miles near enough?
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Crazy Credits

"This film could not have been made without the generous co-operation of the survivors and the relatives of late members of Scott's Last Expedition. To them and to those many other persons and organisations too numerous to mention individually who gave such able assistance and encouragement, the producers express their deepest gratitude." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Peter von Bagh (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Will Ye No Come Back Again?
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish tune, and lyrics by Lady Carolina Nairne (as Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne)
Heard as the ship leaves New Zealand
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Scott was a hero, but...
3 August 2000 | by vaughan.birbeckSee all my reviews

There is a general feeling, already noted here, that this film whitewashes Scott and turns him into a heroic figure. This is not surprising when you consider that when it was being made survivors of the expedition and relatives of those who died (particularly Kathleen Scott) were still alive.

Nevertheless, the film does raise some questions about Scott's leadership and judgement: his desperation to be first at the Pole with inadequate planning and resources; his last-minute decision to take a fifth man to the Pole when supplies had been calculated for a four-man team; the fact that none of these questionable decisions are challenged by subordinates bound by Royal Navy discipline.

The scenes at the Pole are particularly telling. When the British reach the Norwegian camp it is Wilson who enters their tent, while Scott tells Bowers to "check the position". Wilson's look of disgust emphasises Scott's refusal to face hard reality at a critical moment.

So, yes, this is the story of a "national hero", but watch it with care and it is far from uncritical.


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