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Rapa Nui (1994)

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 ... See full summary »

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Noro
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Make
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Ramana
Eru Potaka Dewes ...
Ariki-mau
Emilio Tuki Hito ...
Messenger
Gordon Hatfield ...
Riro
Frenxa Reuben ...
Heke
Hori Ahipene ...
Overseer
Chiefy Elkington ...
Fisherman
Ruihana Rewa ...
Old Woman
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Tupa
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Priest
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Priest
Mario Gaoa ...
Short Ears
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Short Ears
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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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Rated R for some tribal violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$305,070
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2.35 : 1
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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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Grade B All The Way
4 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

I had two actors in here I usually enjoy watching: Jason Scott Lee ("Map of the Human Heart") and Sandrine Holt ("Black Robe"). It had also had beautiful Easter Island scenery and it had a bunch of pretty half-naked women.

What's not to like? Well, the stupid story, for one thing.

The dialog was straight out of a Grade B flick, and that's being generous. The characters also were totally unbelievable, thanks to the terrible dialog and fake accents. I couldn't enjoy the beautiful Holt because she was sent to a cave early on and wasn't seen again until near the end of the film.

How people, including one of the few national film critics I like - Michael Medved - could rave about this film is totally mind-boggling. It was horrible.


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