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Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure

Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is an IMAX film about the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton between 1914 and 1917. Directed by George Butler, the film was released in February 2001 and was narrated by Kevin Spacey. It documents Shackleton's journey aboard the Endurance and was the follow-up to Butler's previous film, The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition.

Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure
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DVD release poster
Directed byGeorge Butler
Produced byScott Swofford
Written byMose Richards
Crystal Spijer
StarringMichael Gambon
Conrad Anker
Iain Fraser
Narrated byKevin Spacey
Music bySam Cardon
CinematographyReed Smoot
Release date
  • 10 February 2001 (2001-02-10)
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$15,553,324[1]


In 1914, Shackleton set out to walk across the whole of Antarctica. While the South Pole had already been discovered, people had yet to make the cross-continent trek on foot. Before making landfall, however, his ship became trapped in the ice-flow of the Weddell Sea where he and his crew stayed for over 400 days.[2]



The film was shot on location in Antarctica and also utilizes footage taken by the original expedition photographer, Frank Hurley.

Critical receptionEdit

  • The film received "Two Thumbs Up" by Ebert and Roeper.[citation needed]
  • Rotten Tomatoes suggests it is "a gorgeously made film tracking the explorer's legendary 1914 expedition to the icey, uninhabited continent."[4]
  • Joe Leydon, in Variety, suggests, "Despite its brevity, "Adventure" vividly conveys the character and courage of Shackleton, one of the last great champions of the Heroic Age of Adventure. Butler glosses over a few unpleasant details in this telling of the story—for the sake of school-aged sensibilities, he was requested to refrain from showing how crewmen were forced to kill sled dogs for food—but the story remains gripping nonetheless."[5]


  1. ^ "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure". The Numbers. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  2. ^ Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. George Butler, director. WBGH Boston & White Mountain Films, 2001.
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  4. ^ "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  5. ^ "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure Review - Read Variety's Analysis Of The Movie Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure". 2001-03-04. Retrieved 2010-09-14.

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