Synopsis by Mark Deming
Robert Falcon Scott was a British naval officer with a taste for both exploring and heroics; believing an Englishmen should lead the first successful voyage to the South Pole, Scott guided a team of adventurers whose goal was to beat Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen to the Pole. However, Scott's daring and courage was greater than his skill, and after a difficult journey to the Pole, Scott and his men discovered upon arrival in January of 1912 that Amundsen and his crew had arrived there 34 days earlier. After their sled ponies died, Scott and his men slowly succumbed to frostbite, starvation, and exhaustion; none of them ever returned. The Age of Exploration: 90 Degrees South is a documentary comprised of footage shot by Herbert G. Ponting of Scott and his men in previous voyages to the Antarctic in 1910 and 1911, combined with photos and journal entries of the fatal 1911-12 mission, that serves as a tribute to the bravery and determination of these doomed but valiant men.
Antarctica, exploration, South-Pole, British, determination, exhaustion, mission [quest], race [competition], starvation