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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. Another 1 nomination. 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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A Truly Great Motion Picture! 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

'Puss', the ships cat was taught to do a couple of tricks in real life that amused the crew. However the cat in the film proved to be less co-operative. Also the real life cats' name was not 'puss' as in the film, but a word that had become racially offensive over time (beginning with an 'N') because he was a black cat. The name was changed to Puss in the film as even in 1948 the use of the word started to be acknowledged as offensive to some people. 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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Beautiful movie
4 April 2005 | by ubercommandoSee all my reviews

OK, we've heard a lot about the "real" history and the debate over whether Scott was a hero or a complete imbecile. Whatever the truth is and whatever revisionist or hagiography history is being peddled, "Scott Of The Antarctic" is a beautifully made film: One of the best looking early colour films which evokes a bye-gone era and is strangely compelling and haunting at the same time. The music by Vaughn-Williams, the greatest British classical composer of his time, is powerful and, again, haunting. In some scenes, they've recreated exactly some of the photos taken during the Scott expedition. The casting is spot on; look at the original photos and Millsy is uncannily like Scott, Kenneth More is Teddy Evans, Reginald Beckwith and James Robertson Justice do their real counterparts well and John Gregson, in one of his first film roles, captures Tom Crean perfectly (compare his performance with Paul McGann's Crean in "Shackleton", which was pretty good). Many film critics feel that "Scott of the Antarctic" was somewhat robbed at the 1949 Oscars.


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