Kon-Tiki (2012)

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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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  • Kon-Tiki (2012)
  • Pål Sverre Hagen in Kon-Tiki (2012)
  • Pål Sverre Hagen at an event for Kon-Tiki (2012)
  • Pål Sverre Hagen in Kon-Tiki (2012)
  • Gustaf Skarsgård and Jakob Oftebro in Kon-Tiki (2012)
  • Pål Sverre Hagen in Kon-Tiki (2012)

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Did You Know?


The filmmakers decided to shoot the ocean scenes on open water, rather than on a set.


Thor Heyerdahl: Liv? Listen to this: "The Faa-hoka is the Marquisian variety of pineapple. It was found in abundance by the first European explorers".
Liv Heyerdahl: Same pineapple?
Thor Heyerdahl: Yes. That really belongs in South America.
Liv Heyerdahl: Perhaps it can swim?


It is obvious that Kon Tiki was not filmed anywhere near the west coast of South America. The cold Humboldt (or Peru) Current comes from near the Antarctic, flowing north along Chile and Peru. It then swings westward out as far as 1,000km into the Pacific. The weather off Peru is often total overcast and cold enough for sailors to wear a sweater. The film only shows lots of sun and blue skies.

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.

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.


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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