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Kon-Tiki -- Based on the Academy Award-winning documentary, KON TIKI is the story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947.
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.
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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.
Kon-Tiki -- Clip: Extraordinary Voyage

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Petter Skavlan (written by) and
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 (supervising art director)
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 Holm .... sound effects editor (as Bent Erik Holm)
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 supervisor
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
Thor Erik Løkken .... gaffer
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
Karen Redfern .... techincal sign off for international delivery
Pål Svennevig .... technical manager
 
Music Department
Patrik Andrén .... composer: additional music
Uno Helmersson .... composer assistant
Toby Hulbert .... assistant scoring engineer
Dave Jewerén Moore .... music editor
Dave Jewerén Moore .... score mixer
Sam Okell .... scoring engineer
Barnaby Robson .... soloist: clarinet
 
Transportation Department
Trayan Anachkov .... driver
Bojidar Kostov .... production driver
Kyle Nani .... transportation: Driver to Directors
 
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
Abigail Borg .... dive 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)
 
Thanks
Alexander Peytchev .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing violent sequence
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118 min
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The film's producer, Jeremy Thomas, had wanted to make the film since 1996 and was granted the rights to the story by Thor Heyerdahl before the latter's death in 2002.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: At one point in the movie we see the cover of a Norwegian passport, it is printed with "NORGE NOREG" and also includes additional text. This duo-language Norwegian passport was not introduced before in the 1970's. In 1947 the only text on the cover was "PASS"and"NORGE".See more »
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Liv Heyerdahl:Because what was supposed to be our life turned out to be just yours...See more »
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58 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
One man's determination ... six men's daring, 14 September 2012
Author: Ray Lahey from Canada

KON-TIKI (2012)

During the 20th century some individual achievements so captured the popular attention as to become iconic: Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic, Hillary and Norgay's conquest of Everest, Roger Bannister's four minute mile. Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 voyage across the Pacific was one of these events. His book, Kon-Tiki, sold tens of millions of copies, and his 1950 documentary won an Academy Award, as much a recognition of the feat as the film.

Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have now decided to put on the screen a dramatized account of Heyerdahl's expedition. But the obvious question is how can you make interesting the story of six men confined to a small wooden raft for 101 days? In fact by comparison to the exploit it recorded, the original documentary came across as rather bland, precisely because of such limitations. But this new film is anything but tame, and succeeds in combining striking photography of the adventure itself with a compelling look at one man's quest to show that "it can be done."

The strength of the picture is that it situates the voyage within the context of Heyerdahl's struggle to get the scientific and financial support to try out his theories. He had speculated that Polynesia was settled by Inca voyagers who had used the prevailing currents to drift across the Pacific on rafts similar to the one he would build. (He proved this possible, although DNA testing suggests that Polynesians share a predominantly Asian heritage.)

Heyerdahl had developed this premise much earlier, but after World War II, he made serious attempts to secure the backing for a voyage that would test his theories. Not only did he encounter opposition from those who felt that he was wrong, but even more often he was dismissed as a fanatic with a suicidal plan.

Eventually he did manage to scrounge some backing, including private loans, help from the Peruvian authorities and supplies from the U.S. Navy. Perhaps more importantly, he found five companions who had confidence enough to put their lives in his hands. All were Norwegian except Bengt Danielsson, a Swede with an interest in migration. Erik Hesselberg was the navigator. Knut Haugland and Torstein Raaby, both heroes of the Norwegian resistance, were the radio experts. Herman Watzinger was an engineer who helped design the raft, and who recorded much of the voyage's scientific data.

Although he took along modern equipment, Heyerdahl was concerned that the raft itself should be constructed only from materials that were available in ancient times. Accordingly the raft was constructed from logs tied together with rope, surmounted by a thatched cabin and a large cloth sail. The raft itself was about 45 by 18 feet (13.7 by 5.5 m), and the cabin about 14 by 8 (4.2 by 2.4 m). The crew sailed from Callao, Peru, on April 28, 1947 and arrived in Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7.

The film succeeds by contextualizing these 101 days at sea against Heyerdahl's struggles to get the expedition underway. Although the inevitable storm and the equally foreseeable shark attack have their moments, the movie similarly attends to the relationships among the expedition's six members, their level of bonding to Heyerdahl as leader, and his own relationship with a wife who wanted to be supportive, but who found the risks unacceptable. It establishes the overall context by its early sequence dealing with Thor's honeymoon stay in the Marquesas, where he began to discover the apparent Inca connections that led to his theories.

In the central role of Thor Heyerdahl, Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen must carry the story, and he does. His re-creation of the historical character is convincing as the embodiment of determination, not quite obsessive but coming close, as he plans, argues and cajoles to try to turn his project into a reality. As his fellow Norwegian crew members Odd Magnus Williamson as Hesselberg, Tobias Santlemann as Haugland, and Jacob Oftebro as Raaby are equally credible figures: young, heroic, and willing to give Heyerdahl their trust. Playing the only non-Norwegian in the group, Gustaf Skarsgård as Bengt Danielsson is a little detached, but perhaps even more intellectually committed than the others to what they are about. For contrast and drama, the filmmakers apparently took liberties with the character of Herman Watzinger, played by Anders Baasmo Christensen. Christensen does well with the part given him, although the real-life Watzinger was almost certainly stronger and more competent than the movie shows him. Given that she must play an ambivalent role, Agnes Kittelsen as Liv gives a very effective performance as Thor's wife and the film's only prominent female character.

Gorgeous photography and great production values set Kon-Tiki off. The Pacific Ocean scenes were actually shot in the waters off Malta, the tropical ones in the Maldives and Thailand, with other locations in Norway and the U.S. used as appropriate. It is a real accomplishment that even with the limited space of the raft cinematographer Geir Hartly Andreassen never lets it become visually boring. Going from the micro to the macro, he manages to keep interesting also the vast empty spaces of the ocean, which emerges as a living character in its own right, often peaceful, sometimes petrifying, always powerful.

It must have been a temptation for the directors and principal screenwriter Petter Skavlan to fictionalize Heyerdahl's exploits and to create a stunning action/adventure tale on the lines of A Perfect Storm or White Squall. Thankfully they recognized that Heyerdahl himself was a character larger than life whose daring voyage became an extension of himself and his ambitions. In doing that they keep alive the iconic figure that he was, and give audiences some appreciation of how the sheer willpower of one individual can produce deeds that capture the imagination of the world.

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