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The Endurance (2001)

The Endurance



Critic Consensus: The Endurance presents exciting footage of an amazing real-life story of survival.

Movie Info

The story of the survival of British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of his vessel 'The Endurance', which shipwrecked in the ice floes and frigid open ocean of the Antarctic in 1914. After a difficult two years, the crew was finally rescued. Shackleton's historic story is recounted and re-created.more
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Caroline Alexander, Joseph Dorman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
Box Office: $2.1M
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Critic Reviews for The Endurance

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (27)

Fascinatingly evokes not just the gruelling, first-person details of this particular polar expedition, but the waning moments of the entire spirit of romantic, white-European Boy's Own adventurism.

Full Review… | February 1, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Beautifully blends interviews with scholars and descendants of that crew, still photos and movie film from the trip and re-creations of the events of the voyage.

February 1, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Footage from a remarkable silent documentary has been combined with new photography, music and a narration to produce an even more remarkable sound documentary.

Full Review… | January 4, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Most of all, it is a salute to Shackleton himself, whose calm and grace under extreme pressure helped guarantee that not a single crew member would be lost.

Full Review… | January 3, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Those who see Endurance, however, are not likely soon to forget what they see, even if they have some difficulty imagining how it could be possibly be true.

Full Review… | December 21, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Anyone interested in great stories should be interested in this one.

Full Review… | December 21, 2001
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Endurance

Yep, not the Kenneth Branaugh mini-series, this documentary is fabulous. Liam Neeson takes you on the re-telling of what was truly an impossible rescue of the Endurance crew.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


An incredible story wrapped in a fairly ordinary documentary. As a big fan of the history of polar exploration, I was hoping for more. But if you don't know about Ernest Shackleton, you must see this movie. Even if you do, this movie is recommended.

Not a bad retelling of the story, but very, very dry considering how intense the original occurrence was.

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