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The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the South Pole, and his epic struggle to lead his twenty-eight man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Kenneth Branagh ...  Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton 2 episodes, 2002
John Grillo ...  Franks 2 episodes, 2002
Paul Humpoletz Paul Humpoletz ...  Man in Audience 2 episodes, 2002
Phoebe Nicholls ...  Emily Shackleton 2 episodes, 2002
Eve Best ...  Eleanor Shackleton 2 episodes, 2002
Mark Tandy ...  Frank Shackleton 2 episodes, 2002
Cicely Delaney Cicely Delaney ...  Cecily Shackleton 2 episodes, 2002
Christian Young Christian Young ...  Raymond Shackleton 2 episodes, 2002
Embeth Davidtz ...  Rosalind Chetwynd 2 episodes, 2002
Gino Melvazzi ...  Head Waiter 2 episodes, 2002
Danny Webb ...  Perris 2 episodes, 2002
Lorcan Cranitch ...  Frank Wild 2 episodes, 2002
Michael Culkin ...  Jack Morgan 2 episodes, 2002
Mark McGann ...  Tom Crean 2 episodes, 2002
Abby Ford Abby Ford ...  Marcie 2 episodes, 2002
Ron Donachie ...  Keltie 2 episodes, 2002
Corin Redgrave ...  Lord Curzon 2 episodes, 2002
Robert Swann Robert Swann ...  Freshfield 2 episodes, 2002
Chris Larkin ...  George Marston 2 episodes, 2002
Elizabeth Spriggs ...  Janet Stancombe Wills 2 episodes, 2002
Peter Cartwright ...  Judge 2 episodes, 2002
Ben Silverstone ...  Very Young Applicant 2 episodes, 2002
Shaun Dooley ...  Hubert Hudson 2 episodes, 2002
Nicholas Rowe ...  Thomas Orde-Lees 2 episodes, 2002
Richard Cant ...  First Lieutenant 2 episodes, 2002
Mathew Ashwood Mathew Ashwood ...  Second Lieutenant 2 episodes, 2002
Mark Williams ...  Dudley Docker 2 episodes, 2002
Roger May Roger May ...  Cavalry Officer 2 episodes, 2002
Hal Cruttenden Hal Cruttenden ...  Bearded Applicant 2 episodes, 2002
Kevin McNally ...  Frank Worsley 2 episodes, 2002
Joseph Long ...  Oddenino 2 episodes, 2002
Matt Wilkinson Matt Wilkinson ...  Assistant Director 2 episodes, 2002
Robert Hardy ...  Sir James Caird 2 episodes, 2002
Bruce Byron Bruce Byron ...  Harbour 2 episodes, 2002
Pip Torrens ...  James McIlroy 2 episodes, 2002
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ...  Alexander Macklin 2 episodes, 2002
Ingar Helge Gimle ...  Whaleman 2 episodes, 2002
Jamie Lee Jamie Lee ...  James Wordie 2 episodes, 2002
Christian Steel Christian Steel ...  Leonard Hussey 2 episodes, 2002
Ken Drury Ken Drury ...  Henry McNeish 2 episodes, 2002
Craig Cheetham ...  Walter How 2 episodes, 2002
Ian Mercer ...  Ernest Holness 2 episodes, 2002
Hugh Simon ...  Equerry 2 episodes, 2002
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  King George V 2 episodes, 2002
Matt Day ...  Frank Hurley 2 episodes, 2002
Paul Bigley Paul Bigley ...  Charles Green 2 episodes, 2002
Nigel Whitmey ...  William Bakewell 2 episodes, 2002
Celyn Jones ...  Perce Blackborow 2 episodes, 2002
Sven Nordin Sven Nordin ...  Jacobsen 2 episodes, 2002
Rolf Arly Lund Rolf Arly Lund ...  Capt. Thoralf 2 episodes, 2002
Angus Barnett ...  Wounded Soldier 2 episodes, 2002
Hugh Ross ...  Marsh 2 episodes, 2002
Claudia Coulter ...  Italian Maid 2 episodes, 2002


The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the South Pole, and his epic struggle to lead his twenty-eight man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.

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On the brink of death - courage was his only weapon.


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Did You Know?


The scene in which Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton threatens to throw his gloves overboard if the crewman doesn't take them is based on a true incident. In actuality, it was Frank Hurley who wouldn't take them. See more »


When the men start hauling their boats over the ice, we see the name "J. Caird" clearly painted on one of them. A few minutes later Shackleton announces he has decided to name the boats and unveils the painted names for the first time. See more »


Sir Ernest Shackleton: Chippie... I suppose there's no way we could make the Caird more seaworthy without wood?
Henry McNish: Who says we don't have wood? What do you want to do?
Sir Ernest Shackleton: Make her unsinkable.
Henry McNish: Cover her over, you mean? Like a deck?
Sir Ernest Shackleton: Yes... but I suppose that's impossible.
Henry McNish: Who's the carpenter around here, you or me?
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Version of Icebound in the Antarctic (1983) See more »

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Wonderful movie, and the right length
30 December 2002 | by ticklemegordoSee all my reviews

I've read a lot of very good comments on this movie, but I have one more to add.

A lot of people are complaining about the length of the movie, but I believe that it adds to the quality of the movie. Rather than just a two hour "short flick" about the year-plus long voyage, it drags out for 4 hours, and rather slowly at times. I have to believe that this mirrors the ordeal that these men went through and adds to the viewer's already deep plunge into the frozen ice world.

This is by far one of the best TV movies I have ever seen. Kenneth does another fabulous job in a quality role, and to comment on someone else's observation about the film's lack of personalizing Shackleton in the second half, I also believe that to be a good choice and an accurate one. If you're leading an expedition and are dead set on keeping everyone alive, you cannot let your own emotions get involved in your decision-making, else you die with everyone else.

I give this movie a 10 because I can find no obvious flaws or anything that takes away from the experience.

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