Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Cook and Peary: The Race to the Pole is an unabashedly biased recreation of the controversy concerning the "conquering" of the North Pole. Robert E. Peary (Rod Steiger), a US Navy commander and shameless self-promoter, sets out through Arctic wastes in 1909 to discover the Pole, an expedition that many others have attempted but failed to complete. His principal rival is Dr. Frederick A. Cook (Richard Chamberlain), who insists that he'd already reached the Pole in 1908. Though the experts (and the US Congress) conclude that Perry was first, public opinion is firmly in Cook's corner--as is this TV movie. Cook and Peary: The Race to the Pole fails to conclusively prove who did what (there were too many liberties taken by the script), though it did serve to briefly reopen the possibility that Cook was telling the truth.
controversy, expedition, North-Pole, quest