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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.


Kevin Reynolds


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





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


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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 »


Followed by Rapa Nui: Legends in Stone (1994) See more »

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16 December 2011 | by beobnoxiousSee all my reviews

After watching this movie one can only wonder why hasn't anyone heard of this what was happening in 1994 the overshadowed this movie. Was it a lack of promotion the presumably R rating?.

I found this to be an excellent film all the characters main and supporting are very intriguing the setting is breathtaking , and the actors all played their roles superbly and with passion.

I did not find a problem with the English speaking actors I feel the director wanted to get the point of the movie across without tiring the audience out by having to read subtitles.This is a movie after all not real life, one cant expect things to be exact.

This movie is far different then most of what Hollywood churns out the plot is simple as the time the movie takes place the story is very believable and understandable with some historical elements thrown in.

As one watches this film they will come to see that's there's no simple answer to the protagonist problems they will have to take them selves back to that time and place.

As far as a love story goes i feel its an epic one easily as touching if not more so then Star Wars or Titanic, Also similar to 10,000 BC. Its shame that such a good movie seems to have gone virtually unheard of.

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Release Date:

9 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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