Rapa Nui (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  9 September 1994 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eru Potaka Dewes ...
Emilio Tuki Hito ...
Gordon Hatfield ...
Frenxa Reuben ...
Hori Ahipene ...
Chiefy Elkington ...
Ruihana Rewa ...
Old Woman
George Henare ...
Pete Smith ...
Mario Gaoa ...
Short Ears
Short Ears


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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Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elveda cennet  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$305,070 (USA)

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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 »


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


Featured in Mars Attacks! (1996) See more »

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If you missed it, it is well worth a rent !

I am saddened that so few people seem to have seen this film; It is worth watching for the lush photography alone.. It takes some getting used to the accents of the actors, and many lines may not be clear on first viewing.

I have read many books about Easter Island and the mystery surrounding its statues.. This film attempts to answer some of these mysteries (how the statues were moved, why work stopped so abruptly on then, what happened to all the trees on the Island, etc.) First read up in an encyclopedia on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and then watch history (or at least a good guess at it) come to life. Film making and story telling at it's best, along with an athletic competition at the end unlike any you have ever seen.

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