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Kon-Tiki (1950)

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

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Erik Hesselberg ...
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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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Das größte Abenteuer unserer Tage KON-TIKI  »

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

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Forget Jaws or Cast Away!
26 April 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Very well done film documenting the ultimate adventure. Heyerdahl and his team sail across the Pacific ocean on a wooden raft to prove the thesis that South American Indians took the same route and settled in the Polynesian Islands, long before Columbus discovered America. I'm curious to know where Heyerdahl's thesis stands today. The documentary is pretty good, considering the limited equipment that the crew had to work with. It's nevertheless riveting most of the time. I would be scared to death to be in the unknown like they were. At the same time, it's the ultimate adventure!

Seen at home, in Toronto, on April 26th, 2005.

87/100 (***½)


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