Scott of the Antarctic

Synopsis: The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him.
Director(s): Charles Frend
Production: Eagle-Lion Classics
111 min

'September 9th, 1904,

'on board the Discovery,

homeward bound from the Antarctic.

'I've added a little, I hope,

to the knowledge gleaned

'by Captain Cook, Sir James Ross

and other explorers before me.

'But I have only touched

the fringe of things.

'I leave behind a whole continent,

'vast, mysterious, inhospitable,

'and still, to all intents

and purposes, unknown.'

- Well, good night, Scott.

- Good night, sir.

I'm sorry, but that's how the land lies.

- Thank you. Good night.

- Good luck to you.

- Sit up a little, Con.

- Hm?

- Sit up.

- Hm, sorry.

Something's gone wrong, hasn't it?

You can't go ahead.

Oh, we can go ahead, all right.

The Treasury won't let us

have the money, that's all.

- Is that very bad?

- Yes.

It means I get the men

but not the backing.

- I should have to make a public appeal.

- Well, why don't you?

You see, if I do go ahead with this show,

I might lose my chance in the Navy.

That would mean

looking for some other job,

and that would mean discomfort

and unpleasantness for you.

As far as I'm concerned,

I'd take it on any day.

As far as we're concerned, Con, any day.

You knew the Antarctic

long before you knew me.

I always knew you'd go back.

And I'm not the least jealous.

As a matter of fact, I don't think

I'd love you so much if you didn't.

Don't move, Con.

Do you remember walking along the sands

just after the tide had gone out?

I asked you what exploration

really meant to you.

The sands were still wet,

and you said, "The fascination

of making the first footmarks."

I'm a very, very lucky man.

Now, what shall it be?

"I appeal with confidence"

or "I confidently appeal"?

"It is with confidence that we appeal..."


Lunch is ready, dear.

Just in time, Oriana.

- What is it?

- A flea, a rare one.

Just hold him while I get some spirit

to preserve him.

No ordinary flea, Oriana.

I'll send him to Rothschild

for his collection.

You might as well send him my souffl too.

- Is that done now?

- Yes, quite done.

Never mind.

Oh, how's the drawing going?

Natterer's Bat. Lovely name.

Oh, isn't it heavenly here?

All on our own.

- Except for dead bats.

- And very dead grouse.

I wish they wouldn't keep

sending them to you on your holiday.

I'll go and see.

Natterer's Bat.

Did you hear me, Mrs Wilson?

I suppose you couldn't help it.

I came here by motor car.

I've left it exhausted alongside the gate.

- How far have you come?

- The last lap was nearly a mile.

- Bill about?

- Yes. Do you want him?

Er, yes, I do rather.

- Well, he's working, you know.

- Yes, I know.

- He's...

- Working.

Come along.

- That noise was Captain Scott.

- Hello, Con.

- Hello, Bill.

- Haven't seen you lately.

You forget, Captain Scott's

been on his honeymoon.

Well, as a matter of fact,

I've been rather busy,

but we hope to have a honeymoon

someday, somewhere.

Well, Con?

What's up?

Shackleton hasn't done it, Bill.

He nearly did but not quite.

I'm going back.

Shall we go in?

- Mind if I kick it up a bit?

- No, carry on. They're your boots.

How far did Shackleton get?

He got to within 90 miles of the Pole.

- Isn't 90 miles near enough?

- No.

Because it isn't it.

It's not the South Pole.

That's still there, waiting.

And, er, I think an Englishman

should get there first.

Well, Bill? What do you say?

There's my work for the Grouse Commission.

That's no obstacle.

We shan't be leaving for at least a year.

I think my exploring days are over.

I don't want to get somewhere first

just for the sake of doing it.

Now, if it had been

a rather different proposition,

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