Kon-Tiki (1950)

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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 ...
Erik Hesselberg ...
Knut Haugland ...
Torstein Raaby ...
Bengt Danielsson ...
Ben Grauer ...
Narrator (US introductory sequence) (voice)


"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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En film av Thor Heyerdahl, redigerad av Olle Nordemar, om vår tids djärvaste sjöäventyr. 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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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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