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Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole (2003)





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It is during the final months of 1999 that 46-year-old physician Jerri Nielsen (Susan Sarandon) finds herself stranded at the Amundsen-South Pole Research Station along with a tiny staff of researchers and technicians. Although, at first, there is little love lost between the somewhat aloof Nielsen and her more down-to-earth colleagues, a strong bond develops among them as the extreme Antarctic winter progresses. Nielsen, in particular, grows quite close to two of the "Polies": Big John Penny (Aidan Devine) and Claire Furinski (Cynthia Mace). It is Big John to whom Nielsen confides that she has discovered a lump in her breast, which, with the e-mailed assistance of her fellow physicians back in the States, she diagnoses as a cancerous growth. After a self-administered biopsy, Nielsen and her new friends construct a crude chemotherapy unit to treat her ever-growing cancer. Supplies are periodically air-dropped by the Air Force and both Big John and Claire are given a crash course in the treatment of Nielsen's affliction; but will she be able to survive her ordeal until the rescue party arrives? Inspired by a true story, as written by Nielsen herself in a best-selling autobiography, Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole was filmed on location near Ontario's frozen Lake Simone. This made-for-TV production originally aired April 20, 2003, on CBS.


Susan Sarandon
as Dr. Jerri Nielsen
Aidan Devine
as Big John Penny
Cynthia Mace
as Claire `Fingers' Furinski
Paulino Nunes
as Rafe Pollard
Carl Marotte
as Jacques Albrecht
Lorne Cardinal
as Barry Columbus
Linlyn Lue
as Sarah Kemp
Kathryn Zenna
as Galley Annie
Joe Pingue
as Pixal Pete
Gina Clayton
as Dr. Miller
Aaron Abrams
as Patient No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Ice Bound: A Woman's Survival at the South Pole

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

If you want to be moved by a powerful story this weekend as opposed to gratuitously tickled, [Dr. Jerri] Nielsen is the heroine most deserving of your attentions.

March 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Only a true story could be quite so remarkable, and Sarandon was an inspired choice to play the part.

January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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