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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.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

Walter Meade (screenplay), Ivor Montagu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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! See more »


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

At the time of his death on June 7, 2015, Christopher Lee (Bernard Day) was the last surviving cast member of the film. See more »

Goofs

No one's breath is ever visible in the Antarctic. See more »

Quotes

Kathleen Scott: Any message for Peter?
Captain Scott: Tell him I'll bring him a penguin.
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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 Help! (1965) 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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Compelling enough movie with great acting and special effects
9 February 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Scott of the Antarctic is a flawed but compelling and beautifully made film, that is definitely worth seeing. The pacing is rather pedestrian in places, the film does sort of idealise the character of Robert Falcon Scott and there is one or two meanderings in the story. Flaws aside, the special effects are absolutely incredible, even for back then, the cinematography is very skillful, the scenery is splendid and the score is resolutely haunting. Also very well done is the focused direction and the compelling performances of John Mills, James Robertson Justice, Diana Churchill and Kenneth More. And there are excellent values portrayed throughout, achievement, triumph, friendship and endeavour, consequently the film's ending is quite moving to say the least. All in all, it isn't perfect but it is worth seeing for the acting and the effects. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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