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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

Referenced in Big Love: Good Guys and Bad Guys (2007) See more »

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Cute and visually spectacular
9 July 2007 | by Potty-ManSee all my reviews

La Marche de l'Empereur (2005) is a french documentary that features the habits of penguins during the course of one year: their mating rituals, their migrations, laying of the eggs, searching for food, etc. It also shows them facing a danger or two, and (what for me was the highlight of the movie) the moment when the baby penguins break out of their shells! The movie is visually astounding. The cinematographer has managed to capture extreme close-ups where you can see the pattern of their feathers, as well as breath-taking longshots of hundreds of penguins marching on the beautiful icy backdrop. There is also a suspenseful underwater sequence.

The movie is accompanied with poetic voice-overs that tell the story from the penguins' point of view, and gentle ambiance music. There are also a few laughs here and there, as penguins bump into each other or slip on the ice.

The movie could have been handled better from a dramatic storytelling stand-point, but it seemed the director was aiming to create a sort of poetic new age nature movie, and as such, it works perfectly. Admittedly, there are points where the style starts to wear on you, and some parts seem to be repeating themselves, but at 80 minutes long the movie doesn't overstay its welcome.

All in all, the movie is a memorable experience, and manages to be informative and entertaining at the same time, and even manages to be moving on occasion. And penguins are simply the cutest animals!


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