Adventure, Drama, History
Directed by Robert Day
Cast: Richard Chamberlain, Rod Steiger, Diane Venora
Cook and Peary: 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 Peary was first, public opinion is firmly in Cook’s corner–as is this TV movie.