The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000), directed by George Butler
I just watched this amazing documentary a couple of nights ago. I love these true adventure stories of mankind facing down unimaginable threats to life and limb, and yet still surviving. The documentary is about Ernest Shackleton’s
1914 expedition to cross the Antarctic continent. His ship, The Endurance
, becomes trapped in and eventually crushed by sea ice, preventing the crew from ever reaching dry land. They survived on the ice for 635 days by eating seals, polar bears, and their sled dogs, and eventually made it to some remote island outposts by rowing across the open sea in the 3 remaining lifeboats.
The film consists of actual expedition archival photographs and film (the vast majority of which did not survive), modern day scenic footage, and reenactments. This is an amazing story of courage and survival.
There are quite a few DVDs and books on Shackleton and this adventure listed on Amazon.com, but I have not seen any of those.
Both the Amazon.com and the IMBD.com product descriptions are pretty inadequate, so here is the wikipedia.com page:
The Endurance is a 2000 documentary film directed by George Butler about Ernest Shackleton's failed Antarctic expedition in 1914. The Endurance was the name of the ship of Shackleton's expedition.
Although the South Pole had already been discovered, Shackleton set out to cross Antarctica via the pole, and claim the continent for England. Unfortunately the expedition met disastrous results when its ship became trapped in ice and eventually broke apart and sank. Shackleton and his 28-man crew were forced to survive a long polar winter and a hurricane* before ultimately finding rescue through an 800-mile trek in a lifeboat. Remarkably the entire crew of the The Endurance survived. In another amazing circumstance the crew had actually taken a motion picture and still photographer on board with them. Frank Hurley's original film footage was used by Butler along with interviews of surviving relatives to present the story of Shackleton's expedition.
* I think they mean blizzard. I’m pretty sure hurricanes do not occur in the southern hemisphere. - DG