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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pål Sverre Hagen ... Thor Heyerdahl (as Pål Hagen)
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Herman Watzinger
Tobias Santelmann ... Knut Haugland
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Bengt Danielsson
Odd-Magnus Williamson ... Erik Hesselberg
Jakob Oftebro ... Torstein Raaby
Agnes Kittelsen ... Liv Heyerdahl
Peter Wight ... Spinden
Amund Hellum Noraker Amund Hellum Noraker ... Bamse
Eilif Hellum Noraker Eilif Hellum Noraker ... Thor Jr.
Elisabeth Matheson Elisabeth Matheson ... Allison
Kasper Arneberg Johnsen Kasper Arneberg Johnsen ... Thor 6 yrs. (as Kasper Ameberg Johnsen)
Edward Kling Edward Kling ... Erik 7 yrs.
Jo Adrian Haavind ... Journalist
Jonas Heier Straumsheim Jonas Heier Straumsheim ... Photographer
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Storyline

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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Based on the incredible true story! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Norway | Denmark | Germany | Sweden

Language:

Norwegian | English | French | Swedish

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кон-Тики See more »

Filming Locations:

Maldives See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,168, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,517,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,842,887
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Herman Watzinger), Tobias Santelmann (Knut Haugland), Jakob Oftebro (Torstein Raaby) & Pål Sverre Hagen (Thor Heyerdahl) previously worked together on Kraftidioten (2014), as Geir, Finn Heimdahl, Aaron Horowitz and Greven-Ole Forsby respectively. See more »

Goofs

It is not true that every 13th wave is larger than the others, as claimed in the film. In fact, there exists no pattern in wave sizes. In the original Kon-Tiki documentary, it was shown that the crew simply waited for a wave big enough to carry them over the reef. See more »

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Epilogue: Bengt fell in love with Polynesia. He settled there and became a Consul General of Sweden. He died in 1997.
Epilogue: Erik built himself a sailboat, that became his home for 11 years. He worked as an artist until his death in 1972.
Epilogue: Torstein kept going on expeditions. He died in 1964 during an attempt to reach the North Pole on skis.
Epilogue: Knut resumed his career in military intelligence. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Kon-Tiki museum. He died the Christmas of 2009.
Epilogue: Herman became the ...
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In an unusual technique, the film was shot simultaneously in both Norwegian and English, with each scene being filmed twice, first in Norwegian and then in English, with the same actors. This resulted in two versions of the film to be released, one primarily for the Norwegian domestic market, the other for an international audience. In a few cases, such as action scenes and computer-generated sequences, they used the same shot, later adding English with dubbing. See more »

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Referenced in Excelsior (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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Visually One of the Most Impressive Films Around
6 June 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Kon-Tiki (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Visually stunning telling of explorer Thor Heyerdahl's (Pal Sverre Hagen) epic and now legendary journey traveling nearly 5,000 miles from Peru to Polynesia in a wooden raft. Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg certainly do a marvelous job in bringing this story to the screen, although I think the screenplay at times could have given more information than what we're just seeing. I think a little more character development might have helped the film somewhat but there's still no question that this here is mighty impressive and especially considering the budget. I think the best thing in the film is the wonderful visuals and right from the start they just leap right off the screen. Whether it's the snowy landscape of Norway or the beautiful blues of the sea, the look of this movie is something that makes you just want to pause the film and admire its beauty. The cinematography is top-notch and I'd argue some of the best that I've seen in recent years. The cinematography certainly helps grab all of these beautiful images but I also think it's so good that it also takes the viewer and places them directly on the boat to experience everything that happens. As for the real story, seeing it unfold here makes for a thrilling adventure that deals with some bickering between the men but also some breathtaking moments involving a whale and some highly intense scenes with sharks. The acting is another major plus as all the key people do a wonderful job in the film even while none of their characters really jump out at you except for the lead. The film is certainly very uplifting and inspirational and it really makes you respect these explorers for everything they did and of course their bravery. This film is certainly a fitting tribute to the men who went on this mission.


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