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The Search for Michael Rockefeller (2011)

In 2007, filmmaker Fraser C. Heston discovered a cache of lost footage shot by adventure-author Milt Machlin during his expedition to the cannibal coast of New Guinea in 1969, in search of ... See full summary »

Directors:

Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston), Milt Machlin (co-director)

Writers:

Fraser C. Heston (script) (as Fraser Clarke Heston), Milt Machlin (book)
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Credited cast:
Miron Ashkenazy Miron Ashkenazy ... Rene Wassing (voice)
J.O. Brew J.O. Brew ... Himself - Harvard Peabody Museum (archive footage)
Neil Dickson ... (voice)
Ken Dresser Ken Dresser ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Ken Dresser)
Warren Hansen Warren Hansen ... Himself - Sepik trader (archive footage)
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Fraser C. Heston ... Narrator (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
Rob Ebrink Jansen Rob Ebrink Jansen ... Himself (archive footage)
Malcolm Kirk Malcolm Kirk ... Himself - Photo-Journalist (archive footage)
Dennis Kreusler Dennis Kreusler ... Tim Ward / Bruce Lawes (voice)
Milt Machlin Milt Machlin ... Himself
Billy Malone ... Milt Machlin (voice)
Heather J. McAdams ... (voice) (as Heather Justine Thomas)
Michael Nelson Rockefeller Michael Nelson Rockefeller ... Himself (archive footage)
Nelson Rockefeller Nelson Rockefeller ... Himself (archive footage)
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In 2007, filmmaker Fraser C. Heston discovered a cache of lost footage shot by adventure-author Milt Machlin during his expedition to the cannibal coast of New Guinea in 1969, in search of the lost scion, Michael Rockefeller. The film includes previously unreleased footage and eye-witness interviews, including some startling revelations, which shed new light on the unsolved mystery of Michael's disappearance. In the tradition of Werner Hertzog's "Grizzly Man", director Fraser Heston, has created an entirely new film from Milt Machlin's unedited epic documentary. The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller is one of the enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century. In 1961, Michael Rockefeller left on a voyage down the cannibal coast of New Guinea in a trading canoe. Several miles off shore, heavy seas swamped his craft. After a night adrift, Rockefeller set out to swim for the distant shore, leaving his companion with the fateful words: "I think I can make it..." He was never seen ... Written by Fraser C. Heston

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A missing scion, a lost film, a dark secret.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Papua New Guinea See more »

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Agamemnon Films See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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An Update of Leonard Nimoy's Quest
12 February 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In 2007, filmmaker Fraser C. Heston discovered a cache of lost footage shot by adventure-author Milt Machlin during his expedition to the cannibal coast of New Guinea in 1969, in search of the lost scion, Michael Rockefeller.

This is something of an update on Leonard Nimoy's "In Search Of..." of the 1970s, where Rockefeller was discussed previously. But Nimoy did not have the additional footage we have here, thus making the search even more interesting now (although the possibility of Rockefeller being found is even more remote).

Sadly, this is actually not that interesting, given we are dealing with a billionaire heir and cannibals. This should be exciting, but the narration and whatnot are just not that great. The same material handled differently could be incredible.


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