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Kon-Tiki -- The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Kon-Tiki -- The legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, to prove that this could have been done in pre-Columbian times for South Americans to settle in Polynesia.

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Petter Skavlan (written by) and
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26 April 2013 (USA) See more »
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Real adventure has no limits.
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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 prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Pål Sverre Hagen ... Thor Heyerdahl

Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Herman Watzinger

Tobias Santelmann ... Knut Haugland

Gustaf Skarsgård ... Bengt Danielsson

Odd Magnus Williamson ... Erik Hesselberg (as Odd-Magnus Williamson)

Jakob Oftebro ... Torstein Raaby

Agnes Kittelsen ... Liv Heyerdahl

Peter Wight ... Spinden
Amund Hellum Noraker ... Bamse
Eilif Hellum Noraker ... Thor Jr.
Elisabeth Matheson ... Allison
Kasper Arneberg Johnsen ... Thor 6 yrs. (as Kasper Ameberg Johnsen)
Edward Kling ... Erik 7 yrs.

Jo Adrian Haavind ... Journalist
Jonas Heier Straumsheim ... Photographer

Søren Pilmark ... Freuchen
Trevor Martin ... Committee Member
Johnny Myers ... Committee Member
Robert Rowe ... Committee Member

Perdita Avery ... Secretary
Ian Bonar ... Sailor

Sam Chapman ... Sailor

Eleanor Burke ... Female Travel Agent
Mikhail Basmadjian ... Senor Real
Katinka Egres ... Beautiful Senorita
Richard Trinder ... Lieutenant Lewis
Tarang ... The Chief

Manuel Cauchi ... Bustamente
La-Oug ... Tei

Todd Boyce ... Maitre d'
Ea Johanna Sandberg ... Child
Jo Hannah Emblem Rønning ... Child
Jonatan Meyer ... Child
Jakob Sander Ronne ... Child
Halvor Aasen ... Child
Thor Andreas Heyerdahl ... Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Arnold ... Harry (uncredited)

Jörgen Berthage ... Waiter (uncredited)
Stefan Cronwall ... Svensk äventyrare (uncredited)

Ian Knauer ... Johnson (uncredited)
Ole Sletner ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Joachim Rønning 
Espen Sandberg 
 
Writing credits
Petter Skavlan (written by)

Allan Scott (script consultant)

Produced by
Aage Aaberge .... producer
Christoph Daniel .... executive producer
Alainée Kent .... associate producer
Lone Korslund .... executive producer
Stephan Mallmann .... associate producer
Richard Mansell .... associate producer
Marc Schmidheiny .... executive producer
Petter Skavlan .... executive producer
Johan Christopher Stenersen .... executive producer
Kaare Storemyr .... line producer
Dario Suter .... executive producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Peter Watson .... executive producer
Henrik Zein .... executive producer
Harald Zwart .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Johan Söderqvist 
 
Cinematography by
Geir Hartly Andreassen 
 
Film Editing by
Per-Erik Eriksen 
Martin Stoltz 
 
Casting by
Jannecke Bervel 
Andrea Eckerbom 
Des Hamilton (UK casting)
Edward Said 
 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson 
 
Art Direction by
Kes Bonnet 
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat 
 
Set Decoration by
Louise Drake af Hagelsrum (2012)
 
Costume Design by
Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen 
Louize Nissen 
 
Makeup Department
Daniela Avramova .... crowd makeup artist: Bulgaria
Lara Bella Vella Baldacchino .... makeup artist
Trine Cordes Berg .... makeup artist
Lars Carlsson .... special makeup consultant
Marcelle Genovese .... hair stylist & makeup artist
Asta Hafthorsdottir .... key makeup artist
Asta Hafthorsdottir .... makeup department head
Asta Hafthorsdottir .... makeup designer
Sofi Hvarleva .... crowd makeup artist: Bulgaria
Jeanette Redmond .... hair stylist
Vasit Suchitta .... special makeup effects artist
Caitlin Tanner .... special makeup effects artist
Merete Torkildsen .... hair stylist and assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Roy Anderson .... production supervisor
Pierre Ellul .... production manager
Tom Joelsen .... post-production supervisor
Fridrik H. Mar .... production manager
Elena Melamed .... unit production manager: Bulgaria
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Monika Hristova .... third assistant director
Kristian Mejdell Nissen .... first assistant director
Levi Gawrock Trøite .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Somm Suthinee Chantakarn .... art department coordinator: Thailand
Lino Chetcuti .... scenic painter
Nikolai Dikov .... set dresser
Maria Doicheva .... set dressing/props painter
Karin Gry .... standby props
Vincent Gry .... assistant props
Rickard Grönvall .... painter
Lars Hult .... carpenter
Klas Jansson .... construction coordinator
Sebastian Jansson .... carpenter
Sofie Kinngard .... painter
Peter Krumov .... set dresser
Brahma Lilja .... carpenter
Martin Liljegren .... painter
Olivier Marcouiller .... scenic artist
Vladimir Petkov .... carpenter
Ivan Ranghelov .... assistant art director
Rosen Stefanov .... leadman: set dressing
Rosen Stefanov .... set dresser
Kristian Stoyanov .... set dresser
Todor Tunov .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Marius Berntzen .... sound editor
Johannes Dekko .... sound assistant
Bent Erik Holm .... sound effects editor
Stig Holte .... sound effects editor
Baard H. Ingebretsen .... sound
Baard H. Ingebretsen .... supervising sound editor
Frode Kløvtveit .... sound mixer
Daniel Lindvik .... sound effects editor
Tomas Naug .... boom operator
Tormod Ringnes .... sound designer
Tormod Ringnes .... sound re-recording mixer
Tormod Ringnes .... sound
Tormod Ringnes .... supervising sound editor
Espen Rønning .... dialogue editor
Oskar Skriver .... foley recordist
Erik S. Watland .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Jovko Dogandjiski .... snow effects: Bulgaria
Nikolay Fartunkov .... snow effects: Bulgaria
Karin Gry .... pyrotechnician
Pål Morten Hverven .... special effects supervisor: winter locations
Ivo Jivkov .... special effects supervisor: Bulgaria
Peter Nikolov .... snow effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Jonas Andersson .... senior effects technical director: ILP
Fredrik Arntzen .... visual effects line producer
Olve Askim .... matte paint artist: Gimpville AS
Hanna Bengtsson .... visual effects line producer: Fido
Hege Anita Berg .... visual effects supervisor
Julien Biard .... assistant colourist
Alexander Bjune .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Simon Björk .... compositor
Måns Björklund .... visual effects producer: ILP
Christer Bjørklund .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Martin Borell .... digital compositor: Fido Film
Kai Kiønig Bortne .... digital compositor
Markus Bruland .... fx technical director
Markus Bruland .... water development
Ragnar Brynjúlfsson .... animation technical director
Fredrik Brännbacka .... lighting td
Petter Burhol .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Ellora Chowdhury .... digital intermediate producer
Javier Cid .... compositor
Andreas Cronström .... compositor
Heidi Dahle .... compositor: Gimpville AS
Alexander Damm .... animator: ILP
Till Dechent .... compositor
Adrian Dexter .... assistant digital compositor: ILP
Ole Geir Eidsheim .... houdini artist: Gimpville AS
Martin Eneroth-Johansson .... animator: ILP
Caroline Eriksson .... compositor
Joakim Eriksson .... tracking artist
Max Erlandsson .... fx technical director: Fido
Mikael Ewald .... digital compositor
Sigurd Fernström .... vfx td: ILP
Jonas Forsman .... animator: ILP
Camilla Fossen .... visual effects producer
Christoph Gaudl .... matchmove
Lars Erik Hansen .... visual effects supervisor: Gimpville
Jonathan Harris .... digital compositor: ILP
Peter Hartwig .... lighting td
Kjetil Haugen .... smoke artist
Daniel Flehner Heen .... pipeline development
Kristin Hellebust .... executive visual effects producer
Robert Hennings .... compositor
Eric Hermelin .... r&d technical director: ILP
Michael Holm .... digital compositor: NF ShortCut
Even Holte .... lead compositor
Dylan Richard Hopkin .... visual effects artist
Marius Andre Jacobsen .... digital compositor
Morten Jacobsen .... lead compositor
Niklas Jacobson .... visual effects supervisor: ILP
Madelene Josefsson .... production assistant: visual effects
Arne Kaupang .... animation supervisor
Arne Kaupang .... visual effects supervisor
Hans Jørgen Kjærnet .... lighting lead
Hans Jørgen Kjærnet .... water development
Jan Angelo Klepsland .... vfx editor
Christian Korhonen .... houdini artist: Gimpville AS
Christian Korhonen .... on-set visual effects supervisor: Gimpville AS
Kjetil Kulander .... matchmoving artist: Gimpville AS
Kjetil Kulander .... previz artist: Gimpville AS
Jeton Lakna .... compositor
Jeton Lakna .... intern
Johan Leuf .... compositor
Bjorn Liljequist .... lighting technical director
Stian Lilleaas .... visual effects: accountant
Mattias Lindahl .... visual effects supervisor: Fido
Staffan Linder .... animation supervisor: Fido
Staffan Linder .... cg supervisor: Fido
Nikolai Lockertsen .... matte painter
Philip Lorentzson .... compositor
Philip Lorentzson .... digital compositor
Amund Lundvall .... lighting td
Amund Lundvall .... matchmove
Andreas Lønø .... previz artist: Gimpville AS
Andreas Lønø .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Alf Martin Løvvold .... previz artist: Gimpville AS
Martin Madsen .... visual effects supervisor: NF ShortCut
Damien Mahoney .... lighting technical director
Björn Malmgren .... vfx td: ILP
Jason Martin .... matchmoving artist: ILP
Severin Mathiesen .... compositor: Gimpville AS
Severin Mathiesen .... digital compositor
Severin Mathiesen .... houdini artist: Gimpville AS
Severin Mathiesen .... matchmove artist
Severin Mathiesen .... paint and rotoscope artist
Severin Mathiesen .... visual effects artist
Thea Matland .... animator
Morten Moen .... on-set visual effects supervisor
Håvard Munkejord .... fx technical director
Håvard Munkejord .... lighting td
Saleh Najib .... vfx td: ILP
Daniel Norlund .... digital compositor: Fido Film
Niklas Nyqvist .... digital compositor: ILP
Tomas Näslund .... digital compositor: Fido Film
Magnus Pettersson .... lead effects technical director
Magnus Pettersson .... water development
Grant Regan .... matte paint artist: Gimpville AS
Peter Reilly .... r&d technical director: ILP
Daniel Rådén .... lead lighting TD: ILP
Vida Sabet .... visual effects: accountant
Anne Sandberg .... visual effects producer
Torgeir Sanders .... on-set visual effects supervisor: Gimpville AS
Torgeir Sanders .... studio manager: Gimpville AS
Dann Damgaard Sandgreen .... digital compositor: NF ShortCut
Stig Saxegaard .... matte painter
Bobo Skipper .... vfx td: ILP
Jan Ivar Solås .... digital compositor
Jean-Clement Soret .... digital colourist
Zoran Stojanoski .... fx technical director
Niklas Ström .... senior td: ILP
Lasse Strøm .... digital compositor: NF ShortCut
Jan Svalland .... compositor: Gimpville AS
Jan Svalland .... houdini artist: Gimpville AS
Jan Svalland .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Pål Svennevig .... technical manager
Jens Tenland .... digital compositor: ILP
Otto Thorbjørnsen .... digital compositor
Otto Thorbjørnsen .... on-set visual effects supervisor
David Wahlberg .... lead digital compositor: ILP
Patrik Wedinger .... matchmoving artist: ILP
Yafei Wu .... r&d technical director: ILP
Igor Zanic .... effects technical director
 
Stunts
Lubomir Misak .... stunt coordinator
Kimmo Rajala .... action coordinator: Malta
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sarah Adolfsson .... electrician
Ivan Aleksandrov .... key grip: Bulgaria
Yavor Aleksandrov .... grip
Eric Börjeson .... underwater director of photography
Mark Cassar .... photographer: additional photography
Peter Degerfeldt .... aerial director of photography
Mark Dingli .... second assistant camera
Ryan Gatt .... video operator
Justin Goodrich .... electrician
Christen Kenneth Gran .... best boy
John Heald .... key grip: Malta
Daniel Kask .... first assistant: b-camera
Andreas Krohn .... first assistant camera: b-camera
Grigor Kumitski .... first assistant camera
Gabor Laczkó .... key grip: Norway & Sweden
Mikaël Meisen-Dietmann .... additional focus puller: "b" camera, Sweden
Vihar Nikolov .... grip
John Preca Trapani .... camera crane operator
Paul Preca Trapani .... camera operator: remote head camera
Carl Christian Raabe .... still photographer
John Frimann Rasmussen .... first assistant camera
Pål Ulvik Rokseth .... second assistant camera
Stig Tvenge .... lighting technician
Knut Westad .... grip: Norway & Sweden
 
Animation Department
Cameron Scott .... animator
 
Casting Department
Brenda Camilleri .... extras casting assistant
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irina Kotcheva .... costume supervisor
Kerstin Petersson .... costumer: Sweden
Velemira Petkova .... costume supervisor
Georgi Petrov Yakimov .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Esben Frese .... digital intermediate technician: Codex
Terje Kjetil Gillebo .... dcp technician
Dylan Richard Hopkin .... on-line editor
Patrick Larsgaard .... assistant editor
Allan Legarth Nielsen .... digital intermediate technician: Codex
Pål Svennevig .... technical manager
 
Music Department
Patrik Andrén .... composer: additional music
Uno Helmersson .... composer assistant
Toby Hulbert .... assistant scoring engineer
Sam Okell .... scoring engineer
Barnaby Robson .... soloist: clarinet
 
Transportation Department
Trayan Anachkov .... driver
Bojidar Kostov .... production driver
 
Other crew
Rebecca Anastasi .... production coordinator
Sarah Michelle Attard .... production assistant
Sarah Michelle Attard .... set production assistant
Sarah Michelle Attard .... talent assistant
Tom Balogh .... data operator: MPC
Christine Borg Bakkerud .... production coordinator
Joseph Formosa Randon .... location manager
Chiara Gelardin .... for HanWay Films
Constantine Gregory .... dialogue coach
Udo Happel .... completion bond
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Rosen Marinkov .... production assistant
Carl Christian Raabe .... still photgrapher
Nicholas Sando .... location manager
Allan Scott .... script consultant
Dessy Sims .... production staff
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing violent sequence
Runtime:
118 min
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Trivia:
Large parts of the film were filmed in two versions at the same time, one in Norwegian, the other in English, in order to secure international funding.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The crew were not worried about whether the ropes would hold the float together, as it is portrayed in the film. As we can see in the Kon-Tiki (1950) documentary, the balsa wood was much softer than the rope, and it was actually the rope that ate through the wood. The result was that the rope eventually was protected by the space that had been created around it.See more »
Quotes:
Torstein Raaby:And only a hundred days to go.See more »
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Featured in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) (TV)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Thrilling, Lavishly Mounted and Hugely Accessible, 10 February 2013
Author: Simon_Says_Movies from Toronto, ON, Canada

A nominee for Best Foreign Language Picture at this year's Oscars, Norwegian import Kon-Tiki chronicles the journey of adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and his incredible journey some 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia on a balsa wood raft. Though comparisons will inevitably be drawn between this film and Ang Lee's Life of Pi, a fellow Oscar nominee, they are very different beasts and are both films deserving of attention.

If nothing else, Kon-Tiki (the name of the aforementioned vessel) adds to the impressive list of superb films from Scandinavia this past year. From Headhunters (one of my favourites of 2012) to the overlooked Snabba cash (Easy Money), fare from this region has never been more accessible or memorable.

So now comes Kon-Tiki, the first Norwegian film to score both a nomination at the Golden Globe and Academy Award ceremonies, and it's rather easy to see why. This sweeping journey appeals squarely to Hollywood sensibilities, twisting up an epic, historical adventure about overcoming the odds, with human drama. Though this intentional slanting may take some of the complexity and grit out of the film in the end, praise is abundantly deserved for all those involved.

Chief on that list is filmmaking duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, best known previously for the Luc Besson-produced Bandidas with Penelope Cruz and Selma Hayek, who craft something lavish and visually sumptuous out of this trek, despite the hurdle of being endowed with a budget of just $16 million.

By recreating Heyerdahl's raft, shooting out over the deep and using special effects only as infrequent enhancements rather than a crutch, these two lay the authenticity on thick and in doing so generate tension and wonder (sometimes simultaneously) like you wouldn't imagine. Kon- Tiki, though never overtly stealing, mirrors the most effective aspects of films like Cast Away, Jaws and Mutiny on the Bounty.

When Rønning and Sandberg aren't capturing sweeping, stunning shots of the Pacific (and the tiny boat at its mercy) they are letting the camera rest on the diminutive aspects of the voyage, at least so when compared to the grandness of what's around them. The ropes lashing together the massive balsa wood beams strain and groan in the water, summoning us back to an earlier scene where two sailors warn Heyerdahl that a raft of that nature will inevitably break apart with the movement of the logs. Sharks silently circle and the boat slowly crumbles as the wood absorbs seawater. These quiet moments are as unnerving as anything you'll see on the big screen.

Likewise, there are grander, more elaborate moments that drip with tension all the same, as when storms hit, men are cast overboard, and once again sharks, though proving to be one of the lesser threats in the scheme of things, use their mythos alone to chill to the bone. If not as complex as it could have been, Kon-Tiki is certainly never dull.

The cast of unknown actors are also strong, even if by the time the credits role their sporting of Grizzly Adams-like beards makes identifying between some of these brave men difficult. Leading the way as the driven Heyerdahl is – wait for this one – Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, anchoring (no pun intended) the film as a man intent on proving his settlement theory to sceptical scholars. Joining him is engineer (and refrigerator salesman) Herman Watzinger (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) navigator Erik Hesselberg (Odd Magnus Williamson) ethnographer Bengt Danielsson (Gustaf Skarsgård) and two soldiers acting as radio men Knut Haugland and Torstein Raaby (Tobias Santelmann and Jakob Oftebro respectively).

Together, crammed together like sardines, they make the 101-day journey, each bringing not only their respective skill-sets but demons as well. Those versed in Heyerdahl's novel or the documentary of the voyage (the winner of the 1950 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature) may cry afoul at some of the changes that have been made in service to crafting a more dramatic effort, particularly tweaks to the Watzinger character, but they will in no way impact how most will respond to Kon-Tiki.

Though not as weighty or viscerally lasting as some fare that pops up in the Best Foreign Language Film category, it is, however, infinitely accessible to anyone who usually turns their nose up at that particular segment of the ceremony. Kon-Tiki is a strong import, fascinating and thrilling in equal measure and a film that is just as much about the perils of nature as it is about the gratification that comes with conquering it.

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