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Rapa Nui (1994)

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Love between the representatives of two warring tribes changes the balance of power on the whole remote island.

Director:

Kevin Reynolds

Writers:

Kevin Reynolds (story), Tim Rose Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Scott Lee ... Noro
Esai Morales ... Make
Sandrine Holt ... Ramana
Eru Potaka Dewes Eru Potaka Dewes ... Ariki-mau
Emilio Tuki Hito Emilio Tuki Hito ... Messenger
Gordon Hatfield Gordon Hatfield ... Riro
Frenxa Reuben Frenxa Reuben ... Heke
Hori Ahipene Hori Ahipene ... Overseer
Chiefy Elkington Chiefy Elkington ... Fisherman
Ruihana Rewa Ruihana Rewa ... Old Woman
George Henare ... Tupa
Rawiri Paratene ... Priest
Pete Smith ... Priest
Mario Gaoa Mario Gaoa ... Short Ears
Cliff Curtis ... Short Ears
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Storyline

Tenuously based on the legends of Easter Island, Chile, this story details a civil war between the two tribes on the island: the Long Ears and the Short Ears. A warrior from the ruling class falls in love with a girl from the lower class, and must decide on his position in a time of great civil unrest. The ruling class are demanding larger and larger Moai (stone statues), a task which the lower class and the island ecology are more and more reluctant to provide. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some tribal violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While film critic Gene Siskel thought that the egg hunt was ridiculous, the ritual did indeed exist as part of the Birdman Cult. See more »

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The Rapa Nui had long abandoned carving moai by the time of the Cult of the Birdman. See more »

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An overlooked gem of a film
27 November 1998 | by LuvsFoodSee all my reviews

Rapa Nui is more than just a bunch of Polynesian (and Hispanic!) actors running around half-nekkid. It's an allegory about the dangers of theocratic government, and a tale of class struggle. Rapa Nui is the Polynesian name for Easter Island, that famous dot in the Pacific Ocean with the mysterious statues. We get to see how these things were carved - and why. The Long Ear tribe has effectively subjugated the Short Ear tribe, forcing them to carve Moai (statues) in order to placate the gods. Director Kevin Reynolds uses the island and the carving of statues as an effective backdrop to illustrate the enmity between the tribes, as well as a power struggle for eventual spremacy of the island. The film is driven by visuals and ideas. The writing hardly ever rises above so-so, and it's jarring to hear Polynesian-looking people with British, American and Latino accents. But the film has a certain power to fascinate, and for that alone I recommend it highly.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elveda cennet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$305,070

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$305,070
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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