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Shackleton's Captain (2012)

Not Rated | | Adventure, History | TV Movie 1 March 2012
Captain Frank Worsley signs on as Captain of the Endurance to navigate Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew to Antarctica. When the expedition ship is crushed; Worsley's seamanship and navigational skills saves them all.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Parker ... Frank Worsley
Charles Pierard ... Sir Ernest Shackleton
Hugh Barnard Hugh Barnard ... Tom Crean
Blake Henshaw Blake Henshaw ... John Vincent
Tony Graimes Tony Graimes ... Timothy McCarthy
William Hemming William Hemming ... Harry McNish
Robert Ireland Robert Ireland ... Frank Wild
Terry Burgher Terry Burgher ... George Marston
Paul Mills Paul Mills ... Thomas Mcleod
Andrew Oates Andrew Oates ... Alexander Macklin
Erik Kaihe Wetting Erik Kaihe Wetting ... Alfred Kerr
John Seymour John Seymour ... Ernest Holness (as John Anderson)
Cory Rumble Cory Rumble ... Leonard Hussey
Peter McCarthy Peter McCarthy ... Thomas Orde-Lees
Brian Vercoe Brian Vercoe ... Alfred Cheetham
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Captain Frank Worsley signs on as Captain of the Endurance to navigate Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew to Antarctica. When the expedition ship is crushed; Worsley's seamanship and navigational skills saves them all.

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The crew looked to Shackleton to lead them, Shackleton looked to Worsley to save them

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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

1 March 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

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Outstanding Docudrama!
10 November 2018 | by jason-210See all my reviews

An outstanding docudrama which tells the true story of the Shackleton adventure from the perspective of Captain Worsley, the captain of Shackleton's ship "Endurance". The film gives us an accurate, rather than a popular sensationalist account, of the adventure in which Shackleton is revealed to be not as big a hero as he has been made out to be. Here we learn through a gripping portrayal of how the survival of the stranded adventurers depended on the skill and judgement of Captain Worsley, rather than Shackleton; and that Shackleton himself showed poor judgement in undertaking the expedition in the first place, given the pack-ice conditions. The filming combines contemporary footage and dramatised reconstructions with interviews of writers, mountaineers and other experts in the field. The narration is achieved through a dramatised portrayal of Captain Worsley giving a lecture to a small audience at a club in the 1920s, in the calm manner of an English gentleman. The information presented is accurate and great attention is given to the visual details using CGI in a subtle but highly effective way. The casting is spot on and the acting is excellent.


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