PG-13 | | Adventure, History
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.
The official submission of Norway to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013.
A dozen logs or so, big balsa wood logs, and a hut for five crew. All very capable, of course. The mast, the rudder, there you go: the Kon-Tiki.
Sailor: I spent 22 days on a raft. We have torpedoed. North Atlantic, winter of '43. You can't sail it or steer ...
When Bengt tells Thor about terrible water streams near Galapagos islands, he shows him a book with an illustration. But the book he shows has nothing to do with Galapagos - it is a drawing by Harry Clarke made for a 1919 reprint of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "A Descent into the Maelström", and shows an exaggerated portrayal of the Moskstraumen whirlpool near Lofoten archipelago, Norway.
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.
Norwegian, English, French, Swedish
$22,168 (USA) (28 April 2013)
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