the endurance

2000

Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival

In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, a renowned explorer, set sail with twenty-seven men on his ship, The Endurance. His plan was to lead the first expedition across the Antarctic continent.

Shackleton's ship was beset in heavy sea ice and eventually crushed off the coast of Antarctica. Marooned on four feet of ice over 8,000-foot deep water, Shackleton and his crew survived some 635 days and nights without proper shelter or rations in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Eventually, by small boat and on foot, Shackleton was able to get to safety and then rescue his entire crew.

Based on the best-selling book by Caroline Alexander, The Endurance is considered by many experts to be the greatest of all survival stories and one of the greatest adventures of all. Miraculously, much of the expedition was captured on film and in pictures by the ship's photographer. To make The Endurance, George Butler and his film crew went to all of the original locations to capture this astonishing story in color in perhaps the most remote location shoot ever recorded.

Narrated by Liam Neeson

Written by Caroline Alexander and Joseph Dorman

"Nothing short of breathtaking." — Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner

"An extraordinarily powerful film." — Godfrey Cheshire, New York Press

"Two thumbs up." — Ebert & Roeper

Available on DVD from Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment