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March of the Penguins (2005)

La marche de l'empereur (original title)
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director:

Luc Jacquet

Writers:

Luc Jacquet (scenario), Luc Jacquet (adaptation) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Berling ... Le père (voice)
Romane Bohringer ... La mère (voice)
Jules Sitruk ... Le bébé (voice)
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Narrator (voice)
Jose Coronado ... Emperor Father (voice)
Sky du Mont ... Narrator (voice)
Gösta Ekman ... Narrator (voice)
Fiorello Fiorello ... Narrator (voice)
Sofie Gråbøl ... Narrator (voice)
Hikari Ishida Hikari Ishida ... Haha-Penguin (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Ko-Penguin (voice)
Adrian Killian Adrian Killian ... Penguin Baby (voice)
Marek Kondrat ... Narrator (voice)
Andrea Kathrin Loewig Andrea Kathrin Loewig ... Penguin Mother (voice)
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Storyline

At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

March of the Penguins See more »

Filming Locations:

Terre Adélie, Antarctica

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,383,709 (France), 28 January 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,492, 26 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,437,223

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,392,693
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was noted that, by the time of the 2006 Academy Awards, this Best Documentary winner had out-grossed all 5 Best Picture nominees ($77 million vs. $75 million for Brokeback Mountain (2005)). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating voice over] There are few places hard to get to in this world. But there aren't any where it's harder to live.
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Crazy Credits

As the closing credits roll, footage is shown of the photographers dragging their equipment across the ice, setting up their cameras, and shooting film as the penguins walk around them. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original French version features dialog for the penguins and a pop music soundtrack. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #35.4 (2006) See more »

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A Story of Survival
15 June 2005 | by leiser18See all my reviews

The March of the Penguins is a powerful film. It is sad, funny, and simply amazing at the same time. It teaches us that life is a miracle. For the emperor penguins life is an everyday struggle to survive against predators, storms, and raging winds in the harshest weather conditions on earth. The documentary, filmed on location in Antarctica, shows the birds' struggle to eat, live, and reproduce. Each year the birds walk over seventy miles across ice and snow to their breeding ground. There the penguins mate, then conceal their eggs from the cold under a fold of their skin and balancing the precious new life to be born on their claws. Fathers take turns in caring for the eggs until they hatch, while mothers walk long miles again to bring home food for the chicks. Once the chicks are born, the parents work together to feed, shelter, and raise them. French director Luc Jacquet was a scientist before he became a filmmaker. He succeeded in making the story dramatic, compelling, and comprehensible to younger viewers. The film is skillfully narrated by Morgan Freeman. It is a definite MUST SEE.


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