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Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001)

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Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is a giant-screen film that tells the dramatic true story of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's now-legendary 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Kevin Spacey ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Anker ... Himself - Mountaineer
Iain Fraser Iain Fraser ... Alexander Macklin (voice)
Michael Gambon ... Sir Ernest Shackleton (voice)
Ciarán Hinds ... Thomas Orde-Lees (voice)
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Lionel Greenstreet (voice)
Patrick Malahide ... Frank Worsley (voice)
Reinhold Messner Reinhold Messner ... Himself - Mountaineer
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... William Blakewell (voice)
Brett Swain ... Frank Hurley (voice)
Stephen Venables Stephen Venables ... Himself - Mountaineer


Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is a giant-screen film that tells the dramatic true story of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's now-legendary 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. A testament to heroism and human endurance, the 28-man crew survived nearly two years in the Antarctic when its ship, the Endurance, was trapped and then crushed by pack ice. Written by Anonymous

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The greatest survival story of all time.


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Release Date:

10 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Shackleton: naufragé de l'Antarctique See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,931, 7 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$160,464, 28 October 2001
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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Referenced in Storm (2002) See more »

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Nothing much to add except that this is TWO movies in one.
28 May 2002 | by wombat_1See all my reviews

The two previous comments have pretty well said it all except for one thing. This IMAX movie is really two separate concepts, quite cleverly woven together. One is the Shackleton story, which taken as it is from 1930s technology-of-the-day (still photos and jerky movies, all of course in black and white) gains no advantage from the IMAX presentation. And indeed one of the previous commentators is quite correct: if what you are after is an in-depth explanation of Shackleton's trip, then this is not the place to obtain it, because this is only a very "lightweight" treatment. Although, please trust me and read on, that's not necessarily taking anything away from it.

The second concept is the interleaving throughout the Shackleton story of modern IMAX-quality views of Antarctic et al scenery. This is truly "breathtaking" it the literal sense. The wide-screen format gives this a true "you are there" feeling, like no ordinary TV or other movie documentary has given so far. Never again will I be able to look at an icecube in a martini glass the same way again :-)

The most important thing that the second concept adds to the first is that without actually going there to see for oneself, it gives the viewer a tiny glimpse - and that's all that it ever can be - of what the conditions must be like that Shackleton actually had to endure. Put it all together,and it's a most thought-provoking and stimulating movie. And THAT is where this movie gives that "little something" that a "mere" book will not be able to do.

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