Michael Sauter
March 19, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Palin’s witty and whimsical travelogue, Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole, begins at the top of the world and ends, nearly five months later, in vast Antarctica. Along the way, our intrepid explorer dodges icebergs in the Arctic Ocean, lands in the Soviet Union on the eve of its collapse, gets stranded for a week in civil war-torn Sudan, and breaks a rib braving the rapids below Victoria Falls. All in all, it’s probably the best time you could have on somebody else’s adventure. A-

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