A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

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Thor Heyerdahl ...
Himself - Narrator (Scandinavian, US versions)
Herman Watzinger ...
Himself
Erik Hesselberg ...
Himself
Knut Haugland ...
Himself
Torstein Raaby ...
Himself
Bengt Danielsson ...
Himself
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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13 January 1950 (Sweden)  »

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A Aventura de Kon-Tiki  »

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At the point of 2010, no one of the Kon-Tiki's members still alive: Torstein Raaby died in 1964 in Greenland by heart condition while he trying to get North Pole (he was 45). Erik Hesselberg died in 1972 in Larvik, Norway, by heart condition (he was 58). Herman Watzinger died in 1986 in Peru by natural causes (he was 70). Bengt Danielsson died in 1997 in Tahiti, by deterioration in his health (he was 75). Thor Heyerdahl died in 2002 in Colla Micheri, Italy, by a brain tumor (he was 87). Finally, Knut Haugland died in 2009 in Oslo, Norway, by natural causes (he was 92). See more »

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Spoofed in Tiny Toon Adventures: Kon Ducki (1992) See more »

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Sure I remember seeing this.....
27 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got a book that went along with the film to for Christmas in '75. It was quite informative, reminded me very much of the National Geographic type things that you see around too. No idea of Heyerdahl's 'Incans traded with /moved to Polynesia' thesis holds any water, but it's certainly worth yer while. Food for thought if nothing else.


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