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Shackleton 2002

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  • Ended
  • Channel 4
  • 2002-01-02T21:00:00Z
  • 103 mins
  • 3 hours, 26 mins (2 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • A&E Television Networks + 3 more, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 4 Television, Firstsight Films
  • Drama, Action, Adventure
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The miniseries Shackleton is ambitious, handsome and chilly - chillier than it needs to be. The dramatization of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica fits too snugly in the stuffy movie tradition of great-man biographies. Yet the four-hour production boasts two awesome assets.

As the stubborn, heroic Shackleton, Kenneth Branagh gives a blazing performance that often cuts through the cold.

And in a feat of moviemaking magic, the Antarctica scenes look credible and harrowing: The lavish production filmed in Greenland, Iceland and London studios, Shackleton is almost always fascinating to watch even when it falls short dramatically.

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