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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min



It's dangerous!


Thor, don't do it!

Thor, you have to wait!

Thor, don't do it!

You can fall in the water!

Don't do it!

- Don't do it!

- Don't do it! Don't jump!

- Come back, Thor.

- Don't!


Are you okay?

Cold ...

- I thought he was dead.

- Cold ...

You tried to impress your

friends, didn't you?

- Thank God Erik saved you.

- God had nothing to do with it.

I just don't get what drives

you to do these things.

I hope you've learned your lesson...

and can promise that you'll never

do something so dangerous again.


Do you promise?

- Smile.

- No, there shouldn't be any smiling.

Just be yourself.



So, no smiling.

You look very handsome.

You will make

this island famous.

It's going to be just

as with Darwin and the Galapagos.

When people hear of Fatu Hiva

they'll think of one thing: Thor Heyerdahl.

You have to turn more towards the current.

Yeah, but it's heavy.

Didn't you say that the first

Polynesians came from the west?


Imagine paddling all the way from Asia.

Against the current.

They must have had strong arms.


Are you ok?

I'm fine.

It's fine.


Listen to this.

"The Faa-hoka is the Marquisian

variety of pineapple."

"It was found in abundance by

the first European explorers"

- Same pineapple?

- Yes.

That really belongs in

South America.

Perhaps it can swim?

Tei? Where did your

ancestors come from?

We believe that Tiki ...

Tiki, the sun god, ...

took us to these islands...

from the land behind the sea.

From east?


Everything comes from the east.

Ocean currents, wind and sun.

Tiki navigated towards the sun.





- So how long are you in New York?

- Leaving in a few days.

Going home for Christmas.

My name is Heyerdahl.

Thor Heyerdahl.

Yes You already said that.

The wise men of anthropology

are quite clear

that Polynesia was not

populated from the east.

Wise men are not always right, Sir.

Look around you.

Every book in here offers

some theory or another.

Most written by one man,

read by perhaps only ten...

of whom nine

disagree with the theory.

But my theory provides evidence

that Polynesia was settled from the east.

I've spent ten years writing

and researching my thesis.

I lived on Fatu Hiva.

Professor... I lived my theory.

What number am I?

How many publishers

have you seen before me?

I know you've been to Barbeau and

Benedict. I presume Meade and Hill-Tout.

All scientists assume the

world is waiting to hear from them.

The fact that I am your last

hope ought to tell you something.

Yes, that scientific publishing is

completely closed to new ideas.

It tells me that when you

ignore evidence, nothing...

Listen to me!

You claim that the Peruvian pre-Inca

civilization was remarkable.

I agree.

And that the prevailing winds and

currents in the Pacific down there...

move from east to west.

But, it is also the case that Tiki

could not have travelled to Polynesia

because his people had no boats!


But they had rafts.

They had balsa wood rafts.


Now that would be evidence!

You want your theory to be accepted?

You want to be right? Then go ahead.

Drift from Peru to Polynesia

on a balsa wood raft.

Good luck!


Your magazine will

be with me on a raft.

At the mercy of the winds,

all the way to Polynesia.

It is further than

from Chicago to Moscow.

Here to here.

You'll have some sort of

engine in case of emergency?

No. Absolutely not. We will surrender

to the current and the wind...

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