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on 22 August 2009
This is a classic beauty of a film. A little tearful for those who are sensitive about animal films. I first saw this as a child and being a very sensitive child regarding animal films and documentary, was very moved by it. I have since watched it twice on DVD and it still remains a moving and wonderful adventure. It is such a nostalgic trip back to a London of the the 70's - a time when I grew up. The film stars the fantastic John Hurt who shines as ever. A lovely film which should be better known - it is up there with The Railway Children, The Amazing Mr Blunden, Swallows and Amazons, Black Beauty etc - Classics of the 70's, when films were quality with great actors and great music scores. Unfortunately they do not make films much like these anymore - it seems that gentleness and sentimentality are not cool these days! A great film with a great message. Enjoy!
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Young John Hurt is the lazy, playboy undergraduate who is set to fail his biology Bsc unless he can somehow pull a blinder of a thesis out of the bag at the eleventh hour. With this goal in mind his tutor arranges for him to study penguins in Antarctica which he reluctantly agrees to do. At first he hates being deprived of his comfy life and bright lights, but gradually he develops a profound respect for his bleak surroundings and the creatures who live there. Films about struggle and ultimate redemption are usually good to watch, and although there are few surprises here, this remains a captivating story of a young man's spiritual awakening from shallow indifference to movingly sincere commitment. Although perhaps a trifle kitsch in places by today's standards, this inexplicably overlooked film is well worth watching.
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Richard Forbush (John Hurt) is a part-time biology student and full-time playboy in swinging London. He has no trouble attracting the ladies until he meets the lovely Tara (Hayley Mills) who is immune to his charms. Determined to impress her, he takes a job studying penguins for six months in Antarctica - alone.

First of all, the picture and sound quality on this DVD are terrible. While the movie is filmed in color, the part set in Antarctica is just gray, with no blue skies or water even on sunny days. The script is predictable and cliché, too. It is quite interesting to see John Hurt as a young swinger if you've only seen him as old Mr. Ollivander, but he's hardly convincing as a lady-killer. Thankfully he does mature as he endures the rigors of Antarctica and falls in love with the penguins.

The second half of the movie is semi-documentary with Forbush's dry, sarcastic commentary adding some humor, but the focus is on him, not nature. We never spend time with or really engage with the penguins because the photography is jerky and rushed. This movie doesn't hold a candle to more beautiful and emotionally-compelling movies like "March of the Penguins;" it's just a low-budget story of a self-centered man who grows up while living among the penguins.
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on 4 June 2016
A bit dull. Not as good as I remembered
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on 18 January 2016
really pleased with DVD
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