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Scott of the Antarctic

Scott of the Antarctic

Charles Frend (1948)

105min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Directed with great dignity by Charles Frend, this is a documentary-like account of the ill-fated British expedition to the South Pole that ended in 1912. Although sticking closely to Robert Scott's journal, it plays down his probable errors of judgement in order to concentrate on his reckless courage and the unswerving loyalty of his men. Using many of the team's actual possessions to increase the authenticity, the cast is only rarely allowed to demonstrate the humanity behind the stiff upper lips. John Mills is splendidly British in the title role, although he nearly came a cropper when he fell through the snow while filming in the Alps.

Summary

Fact-based drama following explorer Robert Falcon Scott's failed expedition to be the first to reach the South Pole. The extreme conditions, poor decision-making and the pressure of the race to make it to the Pole before their Norwegian rivals proved too much for the British team, resulting in tragedy in 1912. Starring John Mills, Derek Bond, James Robertson Justice, Kenneth More and John Gregson.

Cast & Crew

Captain Scott John Mills
Captain Oates Derek Bond
Dr Wilson Harold Warrender
Kathleen Scott Diana Churchill
Oriana Wilson Anne Firth
Lieutenant Bowers Reginald Beckwith
Taffy Evans James Robertson-Justice
Teddy Evans Kenneth More
Chief Stoker Lashley Norman Williams
Petty Officer Green John Gregson
Lieutenant Atkinson James McKechnie
Director Charles Frend
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: General Film Dist Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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