Kon-Tiki (1950)

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Kon-Tiki was the name of a tiny balsa-wood raft, constructed by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. It was Heyerdahl's contention that pre-Columbian Polynesian natives had regularly made trips across the ocean in similar rafts. To prove his theory, Heyerdahl set sail in the Kon-Tiki in 1947, successfully completing a 4300-mile journey from Peru to Tahiti. Filmed en route with 16-millimeter camera equipment, Kon Tiki was originally released in Sweden in tandem with the publication of Heyerdahl's book about the expedition. The English-language version, narrated by sportscaster Ben Grauer, was prepared by producer Sol Lesser and distributed by RKO Radio. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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A sort of grown-up version of a boys' adventure tale...most travelers will be happy to disembark when the credits roll.

May 2, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It lacks the fire and eccentricity that we want from our stories of adventurers driven by obsessions that could be seen as egotistical or just plain bonkers.

Apr 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Technically superb and made chronologically to capture the verity of men growing beards and scars and deep tans when spending over 100 days at sea

Apr 6, 2013 | Full Review…

Much of the exposition is fascinating, although the execution is surprisingly rigid with the plot's natural crescendos failing to peak and our emotions never stretched

Apr 6, 2013 | Full Review…

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