Narrated by Academy Award®-nominated actor Liam Neeson (1993, Best Actor, Schindler’s List), THE ENDURANCE is a faithful and dramatic documentary of the ill-fated expedition to Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton from 1914-1916. Featuring interviews with family, on-location footage, archived audio interviews and letters from the expedition members, as well as still photography from the journey, THE ENDURANCE is a compelling and complete look into the men who boldly took on an impossible task, and tried to survive when all hope seemed lost.
Several films have documented or dramatized the incredible saga of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated trans-Antarctic expedition, but The Endurance offers the most comprehensive one-source reference. Originally presented as a PBS Nova special and narrated by Liam Neeson, this excellent film--based on Caroline Alexander's acclaimed book, also titled after the ironic name of Shackleton's doomed ship--chronicles the astonishing events of 1914-16, when Shackleton and 27 crewmen survived against all odds after their ship was crushed in the polar ice floes. This is the only "Shackleton" film to incorporate new footage, expert interviews, dramatic recreations (without dialogue), and expedition photographer Frank Hurley's archival film and photographs. The cumulative effect of this extensive material gives the viewer an almost palpable sense of the expedition's hardship and unlikely survival, made possible in part by a man who had precisely the required experience and leadership skills, and in part by what can only be described as divine intervention. No matter how you interpret it, this is rightly called "the greatest survival story ever told." --Jeff Shannon