Synopsis: 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.
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations.
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118 min

like Tiki did.

And by undertaking this extraordinary

voyage, you are proving?

That the oceans were not

barriers, but roads.

Not impediments.

But pathways.

I will prove that South American

people sailed to Polynesia...

Every schoolboy knows that

Polynesia was peopled from Asia...

not South America.

And it is my job as a scientist...

to prove those schoolboys,

and those who quote them, wrong.

Ancient man ...

Being sun worshipers.

Mr Heyerdahl.

Doubtless the story of Norwegians

drowning in the pacific...

will sell a lot of magazines.

But not this one.

This is a scientific expedition...

Our magazine has a higher purpose than to

finance and enable men bent on suicide.

I doubt he'll have any success

recruiting anyone for such a voyage.

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.

I spent 22 days on a raft.


North Atlantic, winter of '43.

Can't sail it. Or steer it.

All you can do is sit

there and wait to die.

These logs...

They are going to move against each

other in the waves...

and eventually they are going

to break the lashings.

And you will each be

sitting on a log floating...

your separate ways at the

mercy of the elements.

Thank you for your time.

Excuse me?

You're Norwegian, right?

I couldn't avoid hearing your

conversation in there.

- Are you a sailor?

- No. But I can tell neither are you.

It will lessen the resistance considerably.

We engineers just can't resist.

Are you an engineer?

Yes, but nowadays it's

mostly selling refridgerators.

Herman Watzinger.

Thor Heyerdahl.

And you are going sailing?

All indications in the same direction...

There is no doubt. It's entirely

possible to drift all the way there...

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