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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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I am in awe of all these men
13 July 2020 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

I read about Shackleton's expedition many years ago. Having spent 30 years going to sea, and having experienced some pretty terrible conditions, I am still in awe of these individuals. Worsley's feats of navigation in getting the expedition to Elephant Island, as well as the subsequent voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia stand among the greatest achievements in the history of navigation. As if that weren't enough, the men followed that up by crossing the island of South Georgia on foot, something which no one had ever done before, with nothing but a length of rope and a carpenter's adze. I don't know how they made it, except that they simply knew that failure was not an option. Although the movie centers on Captain Frank Worsley, these were all truly iron men, of a sort whose like we shall never see again. For example, First Mate Frank Wilde deserves a tremendous amount of credit for keeping the shipwrecked survivors on Elephant Island alive for over four months, during which they had no idea whether rescue was ever going to come. And, of course, although the film plays down Shackleton's contributions in favor of Worsley's, it was Shackleton who was the supreme leader, "The Boss", who held everyone together throughout the entire ordeal.

This is one of the most incredible true stories you will ever see. If anyone ever wrote this story as a work of fiction, no publisher would ever accept it because they would consider it too far removed from realm of possibility. However, this all actually happened just the way it is depicted here. They even brought back the pictures to prove it, thanks to the expedition's photographer, Frank Hurley. This film will make Hollywood action-adventure movies seem tame by comparison.

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