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Kon-Tiki (1950)

Approved | | Documentary | 13 January 1950 (Sweden)
A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

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Thor Heyerdahl ... Himself - Narrator (Scandinavian, US versions)
Herman Watzinger ... Himself
Erik Hesselberg ... Himself
Knut Haugland ... Himself
Torstein Raaby ... Himself
Bengt Danielsson ... Himself
Ben Grauer ... Narrator (US introductory sequence) (voice)
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"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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SIX MEN ON A RAFT ACROSS THE PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) 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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Featured in Minns Ni? (1993) See more »

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Very good for such a early and limited documentary
10 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have watched this film twice now and think its quite good for the limited equipment used to create this film. (filmed in 1947) Dr. Heyerdahl explains his theory about the migration of south American Pre-Colubian Indians to the Polynesia's islands by way raft fell of large balsa trees. This documentary follows Dr. Heyerdahl and crew as they select balsa trees in Equidor and float with them down river to the pacific for assembly in Peru. They launch off on a 101 day sea adventure testing the strength of their primitive raft surviving only by means available to natives of that era. See for yourself, a real adventure!


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