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Eru Potaka Dewes ...
Ariki-mau
Emilio Tuki Hito ...
Messenger
Gordon Hatfield ...
Riro
Frenxa Reuben ...
Heke
Hori Ahipene ...
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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)

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$305,070 (USA)
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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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1994 (1995) See more »

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Gorgeous
28 September 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The island itself is stunningly beautiful and the film makes good use of this, especially the race at the end which is compelling in its apparent difficulty for the actors. As for the accuracy of the film it is mainly based on guesswork, so the whole racial element is for the benefit of drama. What surprises me is that some of the other reviewers wonder how an advanced civilisation can be so racist! Take a look at your own society and wonder! As well as a love story there is a competitive element, and an explanation about what happened to the island. If Easter Island interests you this film will entertain. As for the nudity, don't be so prudish!


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