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Kon-Tiki (1950)

Approved  |   |  Documentary  |  13 January 1950 (Sweden)
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A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

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Complete credited cast:
Thor Heyerdahl ...
Himself - Narrator (Scandinavian, US versions)
Herman Watzinger ...
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Erik Hesselberg ...
Himself
Knut Haugland ...
Himself
Torstein Raaby ...
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Bengt Danielsson ...
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Ben Grauer ...
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"Kon-Tiki" was the name of a wooden raft used by six Scandinavian scientists, led by Thor Heyerdahl, to make a 101-day journey from South America to the Polynesian Islands. The purpose of the expedition was to prove Heyerdal's theory that the Polynesian Islands were populated from the east---specifically Peru---rather than from the west (Asia)as had been the theory for hundreds of years. Heyerdahl made a study of the winds and tides in the Pacific, and by simulating conditions as closely as possible to those he theorized the Peruvians encountered, set out on the voyage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SIX MEN ON A RAFT ACROSS THE PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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The 77-minute movie originally premiered in Stockholm on January 13th 1950. It was released on DVD (Region 1) by Janson Media in 2001 (some sites say 2006) and includes an English soundtrack. Some versions are 124 minutes and include these special features: Thor Heyerdahl: Explorer & Scientist, Photo Gallery, Expedition Map, and Rare Color Footage. See more »

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Better than the movie...
5 December 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I did not know that expedition until I saw the "Kon-Tiki" movie of 2012 and then I discovered an watched the documentary of "Kon-Tiki" and I think that documentary is better than the movie. In this documentary we can watch and observe how this crew survived all that time and how they spent their time.

"Kon-Tiki" is a documentary that shows us how Thor Heyerdahl proved that was possible South Americans to settle in Polynesia before Columbus did that. In these 80 minutes of the life of these crew we can watch how difficult task they had and what feelings Thor Heyerdahl had in all of that journey.

Finally I want to say that I liked very much this documentary because it was different from all the other documentaries which I have seen, not only because of its age, but for how realistic it was.


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