Encounters at the End of the World ()

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Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

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Scott Rowland ...
Self - Transportation Dept.
Stefan Pashov ...
Self - Philosopher, Forklift Driver
Doug MacAyeal ...
Self - Glaciologist (as Douglas MacAyeal)
Ryan Andrew Evans ...
Self - Filmmaker, Cook (as Ryan A. Evans)
Kevin Emery ...
Self - Survival School Instructor
Olav T. Oftedal ...
Self - Nutritional Ecologist
Regina Eisert ...
Self - Physiologist
David R. Pacheco Jr. ...
Self - Journeyman Plumber
Samuel S. Bowser ...
Self - Cell Biologist
Jan Pawlowski ...
Self - Zoologist
William Jirsa ...
Self - Linguist, Computer Expert
Karen Joyce ...
Self - Traveler, Computer Expert
Libor Zicha ...
Self - Utility Mechanic
Ashrita Furman ...
Self - Multiple World Record Holder
David Ainley ...
Self - Marine Ecologist
William McIntosh ...
Self - Volcanologist, Geochronologist
Clive Oppenheimer ...
Self - Volcanologist
Peter Gorham ...
Self - Physicist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Shackleton ...
Self (archiveFootage)
General Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by

Werner Herzog

Written by

Werner Herzog ... (written by)

Produced by

Randall M. Boyd ... supervising producer
Phil Fairclough ... co-executive producer
Dave Harding ... co-executive producer (as David S. Harding)
Julian P. Hobbs ... executive producer: Discovery Channel (as Julian Hobbs)
Henry Kaiser ... producer
Andrea Meditch ... executive producer: Discovery Films
Erik Nelson ... executive producer
Tree Wright ... associate producer (as Tree Leyburn)

Music by

Henry Kaiser
David Lindley

Cinematography by

Peter Zeitlinger

Film Editing by

Joe Bini

Editorial Department

Danica Barnes ... on-line editor
Bartholomew Burcham ... assistant editor
Herrianne Cayabyab Catolos ... assistant on-line editor
Ryan Delk ... first assistant editor
Colin Hatton ... post-production coordinator
Brian Hutchings ... colorist: Alpha Dogs, Inc.
David W. Ryan ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Management

W. Clark Bunting ... executive in charge of production: Discovery Films (as Clark Bunting)
Jessica DeJong ... production manager
Marc Linmore ... production manager
Jane Root ... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel

Art Department

Douglas Martin ... motion graphics
Bruce McCall ... original artwork

Sound Department

Stephen Hart ... recording engineer
Werner Herzog ... sound
Michael Klinger ... post-production mixer
Josh Michael ... recording assistant
Robert Noone ... location sound
Michael Paul ... location sound
Douglas Quin ... sound designer
D.D. Stenehjem ... sound designer

Visual Effects by

Christopher Dusendschon ... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Iain Marcks ... digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)

Camera and Electrical Department

James Creevy ... grip
Jane Gray ... grip
Henry Kaiser ... underwater photographer

Location Management

Patricia Jackson ... location manager

Music Department

Jen Baker ... musician
Joe Bini ... music editor
Danielle DeGruttola ... musician
Stephen Hart ... score mixer / score recording engineer
Henry Kaiser ... music producer
Chaz DaBat Kkoshi ... composer: additional music
Cheryl Leonard ... musician
David Lindley ... music editor
Damon Smith ... musician
William Winant ... musician

Additional Crew

Paul De Cham ... post facilities manager
Ryan Andrew Evans ... production assistant (as Ryan Evans)
Jason Farrell ... supplier: video equipment
Lola Mitchell ... production coordinator
Jane Priester ... production coordinator
Cynthia Shapiro ... business affairs
Robert Smits ... supplier: video equipment


Lloyd Austin ... thanks
Samuel S. Bowser ... thanks (as Samuel Bowser)
Ed Brawley ... thanks
Steve Clabuesch ... thanks
Dug Coons ... thanks
Art Devries ... thanks
Roger Ebert ... dedicatee
Guy Guthridge ... thanks
Kevin Hoefling ... thanks
Elaine Hood ... thanks
David T. Huang ... thanks (as David T. Huang)
Philip Kyle ... thanks
Greg Prian ... thanks
Rob Robbins ... thanks
Kim Stanley Robinson ... thanks
Kim Silverman ... thanks

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Plot Summary

'Werner Herzog' takes his camera to Antarctica where we meet the odd men and women who have dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of science in treacherous conditions. A scientist studies neutrinos, which are everywhere, yet elusive; he likens them to spirits. A researcher's nighttime performance art includes contorting her body into a luggage bag. A survival guide teaches his students to survive white-out conditions by wearing cartoon-face buckets over their heads. Animal researchers milk mother seals as part of their study. Volcanologists offer advice on what to do when a volcano erupts. A pipefitter shows us the anomaly in his hands that he says are a sign he descended from Atzec royalty. A former Colorado banker drives what he has christened Ivan the Terra Bus. An underwater diver shows his colleagues DVDs of apocalyptic sci-fi films like Them! (1954). And -- though Herzog declares he's not "making another film about penguins" -- we meet a penguin researcher who answers the filmmaker's questions about homosexuality and insanity in his subjects. We also meet an individualist penguin, who breaks away from the other birds to run toward the mountains, facing certain death. Written by J. Spurlin

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Also Known As
  • Rencontres au bout du monde (France)
  • Begegnungen am Ende der Welt (Germany)
  • Encuentros en el Fin del Mundo (Spain)
  • Вcтречи на краю света (Russia)
  • Találkozások a világ végén (Hungary)
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  • 99 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $17,730, 15 Jun 2008

Did You Know?

Trivia Werner Herzog dedicated the film to Roger Ebert, who he calls a true "warrior of cinema". Due to the dedication Ebert could not review the film, but he wrote a complimentary letter to Herzog and later published it. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Them! (1954). See more »
Soundtracks Planino Stara Planino Mari See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Stefan Pashov: There is a beautiful saying by an American philosopher, Alan Watts. He used to say that through our eyes the universe is perceiving itself, and through our ears the universe is listening to its cosmic harmonies. And we are the witness to which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.
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