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Kon-Tiki (1950)

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


Thor Heyerdahl


Thor Heyerdahl

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Complete credited cast:
Thor Heyerdahl ... Himself - Narrator (Scandinavian, US versions)
Herman Watzinger ... Himself
Erik Hesselberg ... Himself
Knut Haugland ... Himself
Torstein Raaby ... Himself
Bengt Danielsson ... Himself
Ben Grauer 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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Norway | Sweden



Release Date:

13 January 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Aventura de Kon-Tiki See more »

Filming Locations:

Peru See more »

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1.37 : 1
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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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31 August 2008 | by jonesdt-1See all my reviews

The movie was fascinating as was Heyerdahl's book. The problem is the "extra" material - an interview with Thor Heyerdahl and extra film clips of the Ra I, RaII and Tigris expeditions. Any first year film student could have done better. There were almost no captions or identifiers, the interview was chopped up and interspersed with clips with no explanation or relevance. The whole looked like a hasty mishmash that should never have been released. The extra color footage was fine. The extra on the "crew" could have benefited from a bit more than the name. As Heyerdahl died in 2002, that would also have been useful information. The photos -- with captions from the book -- were fine, if only the "interview" extra had been done half as well.

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