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The Search for Michael Rockefeller (2011)

90 min | Documentary

In 2007, filmmaker Fraser C. Heston discovered a cache of lost footage shot by adventure-author Milt Machlin during his expedition to the cannibal coast of New Guinea in 1969, in search of the lost scion, Michael Rockefeller. The film ...See moreIn 2007, filmmaker Fraser C. Heston discovered a cache of lost footage shot by adventure-author Milt Machlin during his expedition to the cannibal coast of New Guinea in 1969, in search of the lost scion, Michael Rockefeller. The film includes previously unreleased footage and eye-witness interviews, including some startling revelations, which shed new light on the unsolved mystery of Michael's disappearance. In the tradition of Werner Hertzog's "Grizzly Man", director Fraser Heston, has created an entirely new film from Milt Machlin's unedited epic documentary. The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller is one of the enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century. In 1961, Michael Rockefeller left on a voyage down the cannibal coast of New Guinea in a trading canoe. Several miles off shore, heavy seas swamped his craft. After a night adrift, Rockefeller set out to swim for the distant shore, leaving his companion with the fateful words: "I think I can make it..." He was never seen again. Or was he? Author and journalist Milt Machlin, on a wild lead, went to New Guinea in 1969 to find him. "If by the remotest flight of fancy Donahue's story should be true, Michael Rockefeller would have to be found. I was determined to be the one to do it." - Milt Machlin. Written by Fraser C. Heston See less
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Director
Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
Writers
Fraser C. Heston (script) (as Fraser Clarke Heston) | Milt Machlin (book)
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Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
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Jul 22, 2011 (United States)

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Miron Ashkenazy
Rene Wassing (voice) Rene Wassing (voice)   See fewer
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J.O. Brew
Himself - Harvard Peabody Museum (archive footage) Himself - Harvard Peabody Museum (archive footage)   See fewer
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Neil Dickson
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Ken Dresser
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Ken Dresser) Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Ken Dresser)   See fewer
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Warren Hansen
Himself - Sepik trader (archive footage) Himself - Sepik trader (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ed Herlihy
Himself (voice) (archive footage) Himself (voice) (archive footage)   See fewer
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Fraser C. Heston
Narrator (as Fraser Clarke Heston) Narrator (as Fraser Clarke Heston)   See fewer
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Rob Ebrink Jansen
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Malcolm Kirk
Himself - Photo-Journalist (archive footage) Himself - Photo-Journalist (archive footage)   See fewer
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Dennis Kreusler
Tim Ward / Bruce Lawes (voice) Tim Ward / Bruce Lawes (voice)   See fewer
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Milt Machlin
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Billy Malone
Milt Machlin (voice) Milt Machlin (voice)   See fewer
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Heather J. McAdams
Actress (voice) (as Heather Justine Thomas) Actress (voice) (as Heather Justine Thomas)   See fewer
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Michael Nelson Rockefeller
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Nelson Rockefeller
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Michael Teh
John Donahue / Warren Hansen / Keith Willey (voice) John Donahue / Warren Hansen / Keith Willey (voice)   See fewer
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Anthony Van Der Wouw
Himself - Sacred Heart Missionary (voice) (archive footage) Himself - Sacred Heart Missionary (voice) (archive footage)   See fewer
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Corneles Van Kessel
Himself (archive footage) (as Fr. Corneles Van Kessel) Himself (archive footage) (as Fr. Corneles Van Kessel)   See fewer
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Tim Ward
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Matthew Wolf
Actor (voice) Actor (voice)   See fewer
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Gerald Zegwaard
Himself - Crozier Missionary (voice) (archive footage) (as Fr. Gerald Zegwaard) Himself - Crozier Missionary (voice) (archive footage) (as Fr. Gerald Zegwaard)   See fewer
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6.3 / 10 | 137 votes