Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure tells the true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. While never accomplishing its goal of the first crossing of the Antarctic continent, this expedition has become a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance, with all 28 men surviving two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship, the Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed.

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2001
  • Date Released:
    February 2001
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: Inactive
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time:
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Currently, this film has no distributor. Contact Jennifer Cohen at with questions.

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer: Susanne Simpson
  • Producer: George Butler, Louis Rosen (co-producer), Susanne Simpson, Scott Swofford
  • Director:  George Butler
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Mose Richards, Crystal Spijer. Based on the book The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander.
  • Cinematography: Reed Smoot
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Sam Cardon
  • Editor: Stephen Johnson
  • Narrator: Kevin Spacey
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors: Morgan Stanley


  • Adventure
  • Documentary
  • Historical



  • Best Film, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 2001.
  • Best Cinematography, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 2001.
  • Grand Prize, 7th Annual Festival of La Geode, 2001.
  • Hall of Fame Award, IMAX Maximum Image Award, 2012

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