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Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | | Adventure, History | 26 April 2013 (USA)
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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Thor Heyerdahl (as Pål Hagen)
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Spinden
Amund Hellum Noraker ...
Bamse
Eilif Hellum Noraker ...
Elisabeth Matheson ...
Allison
Kasper Arneberg Johnsen ...
Thor 6 yrs. (as Kasper Ameberg Johnsen)
Edward Kling ...
Erik 7 yrs.
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Jonas Heier Straumsheim ...
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The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsawood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the ocean and settled on Polynesian islands. After financing the trips with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day-long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. The film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations, and the events on the trip. The "Kon-Tiki" was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, and "Kon-Tiki" is an old name for this god. Heyerdahl filmed the expedition, which later became the Academy Award winning documentary in 1951, and he wrote a book about the expedition that was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 millions copies around the world. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, although most anthropologists now believe they did not... Written by OJT

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Real adventure has no limits.

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Adventure | History

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing violent sequence | See all certifications »

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26 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Кон-Тики  »

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$16,600,000 (estimated)

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$22,168 (USA) (26 April 2013)

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$1,511,798 (USA) (2 August 2013)
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The official submission of Norway to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

Goofs

When Bengt tells Thor about terrible water streams near Galapagos islands, he shows him a book with an illustration. But the book he shows has nothing to do with Galapagos - it is a drawing by Harry Clarke made for a 1919 reprint of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "A Descent into the Maelström", and shows an exaggerated portrayal of the Moskstraumen whirlpool near Lofoten archipelago, Norway. See more »

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Knut Haugland: [about how to avoid Raroia Reef to arrive mainland] What alternatives do we have?
Herman Watzinger: We could try to surf over.
Knut Haugland: [skeptic] Surf?
Herman Watzinger: [taking paper and pen to drawn it] Yes. Waves come in cycles of 13. Every 13th wave is substantially greater than the ther. When we are close to the reef we throw out an anchor, something heavy that can keep the raft in place.
Erik Hesselberg: And then?
Herman Watzinger: Then we count the waves. And just before the 13th wave we cut the rope, and hopefully, surf over the reef. It could work.
Thor Heyerdahl: [looking Herman] I ...
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Crazy Credits

Before the closing credits, short clips are shown in which original footage shot by Heyerdahl was reenacted by the "Kon-Tiki" actors: urinating overboard in the open sea, dancing with natives under palms, portraits, and the like. Along with this, brief notes concerning each crew member's path of life after the trip are given. See more »

Connections

Featured in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Flickan i Havanna
("The girl in Havana")
Lyrics by Evert Taube (as Taube) and music by Horatio R. Palmer (as Palmer)
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Great storytelling of epic 8000 km sea crossing on a raft
24 August 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

How I love to watch history-telling like this! What talent in both writing and film making it is! This is both epic and important.

This is the story about the amazing world famous Kon-Tiki trip crossing the pacific on a balsa-raft just to prove this happened in ancient times, made by the makers of great Max Manus.

The trip, taken on the basis of an idea of the explorer Thor Heyerdahl, was completely ludicrous and no one believed it could be done. and how could a trip like this be told better than by Heyerdahl himself in the documentary made during the trip.

Back in 1947 this was just the story the world wanted to be told after the 2nd world war and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The documentary film from the trip later won Oscar (1951), and the book was translated into 70 languages, and sold more than 50 million copies world wide.

Finally we get to see the trip dramatized as it should be. And the result is really an amazing and epic film which holds two hours of explorer-ism, excitement and awe. I think we really get to imagine how it was to be 6 persons floating on an uncontrollable raft in the middle of nowhere for more than hundred days. The bore, the awe of discoveries, the fear of weather, sharks and whales. The psychological toll, the friendship...

It's a great story and a great film which will make new generations pick up the book with the same name, before they watch the original documentary. Beautifully filmed, well played, even down to Heyerdahl incredibly bad English pronunciation. Not all is accurate. There's been a debate around the premiere about making Herman Watzinger such a wimpy character, when we actually was a Norwegain 100 m record holder and a strong guy with good looks, but the writers found the story needed heart, and not only bald and crazy feeling-less young men. I agree. Over 100 days on a raft is at least 90 days of boredom.

Thor Heyerdahl himself made this trip to prove his idea, which no one would believe, and later got famous. He made the trip though he was not only not able to swim, but actually afraid of water, can you imagine! And it also tells the story of those left behind, wife and kids.

This is the most expensive Norwegian film production ever, and the story is a Norwegian sacred explorers story, as good as they come, changing world history. Thankfully the film floats as good as the raft, and is well wort ha watch. Great manuscript, beautifully filmed, good handcraft.

The film comes in both a Norwegian and an international (English) spoken version, which gives the movie a possibility to be shown all over the world. And it will. Treat yourself to an insane, but epic trip, and get to be an explorer yourself. This is great storytelling! It loses one of 10 stars due to the irritating (though factual) English pronunciation of Heryerdahl. Not necessary to re-experience that to make a good story.


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