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Cook & Peary: the Race to the Pole

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1983
  • Robert Day
  • 100 mins

Summary

Historical drama starring Richard Chamberlain and Rod Steiger as two men who divide public opinion by both claiming to be the first to reach the North Pole in the early part of the 20th century.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Richard Chamberlain and Rod Steiger play rival explorers at loggerheads over who discovered the North Pole in this biased and sadly undynamic true-life drama that certainly shows its age. Stilted and stodgy, the flashback-centred tale just feels so old-fashioned, as Chamberlain's aggrieved Dr Frederick Cook challenges the controversial but officially recognised view that it was unscrupulous naval commander Robert E Peary (a terse and excellently villainous Steiger) who reached the Pole first. Cook's one-sided account - told in jarringly leaden conversation with a journalist - only comes alive in the well-shot expedition scenes, where the bleakly beautiful landscapes and the historically revealing interaction with indigenous people add a sense of authenticity to a predominantly unconvincing TV movie.

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Credits

Cast

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Frederick CookRichard Chamberlain
Robert E PearyRod Steiger
Marie Fidele HuntDiane Venora
James TrothMichael Gross
Matt HensonSamm-Art Williams
Morris JessupPhilip Spensley

Crew

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DirectorRobert Day

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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