- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 58 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 2, 2001
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1951 -
Best Documentary Feature
USA Today - 01/19/2001
"...It's a remarkable chronicle of encounters with whales and sharks..."
The chronicle of co-director Heyerdahl's hand-built raft expedition from Peru to Tahiti in an attempt to demonstrate that the inhabitants of the South Sea Islands could have migrated from South America. Academy Awards: Best Documentary.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Kon-Tiki is the Academy Award-winning film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. On April 28, 1947, Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl and his five crew members embarked from Peru on a daring voyage to prove Heyerdahl's theory that the South Sea Islands were settled by South Americans aboard balsa wood rafts. Building a similar raft according to the pre-Columbian Indians' traditions, Heyerdahl and crew spent 101 suspenseful days on the open sea, alone amid raging storms, whales, and countless sharks until finally landing on the Polynesian island of Raroia. The expedition attracted worldwide interest, with Heyerdahl's book "Kon-Tiki" selling over 20 million copies in 67 languages and this Oscar-winning documentary, the commemorative 1997 edition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the voyage.
The chronicle of co-director Heyerdahl's solo canoe expedition from Peru to Tahiti in an attempt to demonstrate that the inhabitants of the South Sea islands could have migrated from South America. Academy Awards: Best Documentary.