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Rapa Nui (1994)

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This adventure-filled epic speculates upon the original inhabitants of Easter Island who are best known for their mysterious moai, the huge stone heads that dot the island. The story begins 40 years before the Dutch "discovered" the island on Easter Sunday, 1722. The island dwellers were divided into two clans, the ruling Long Ear clan and the subordinate Short Ears who became slaves to the rulers. The story centers around the annual island contest which determines the next ruler. Contestants must scale down a cliff, swim through shark-filled waters to the next island, get eggs from a sea bird's nest, swim back, and climb up the cliff with the egg intact. The same Long Ear tribe has won for the last 20 years; their leader Ariki-mau is determined to win again with his grandson Noro. Tupa is in love with a Short Ear Ramana, but she is also loved by Make, another Short Ear. It is taboo for the two clans to intermarry, but Tupa's grandfather makes an exception if Tupa wins the race. The Short Ears must create a moai in short order. They rebel. Make gets to race; Ramana is the prize. In the end, civil war erupts.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
Warner Home Video

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Cast

Sandrine Holt
as Ramana
Eru Potaka-Dewes
as Ariki-mau
Emilio Tuki Hito
as Messenger
Hori Ahipene
as Overseer
Te Whatanui Skimworth
as Old Short Ears
Chiefy Elkington
as Fisherman
Huihana Rewa
as Old Woman
Hugh O'Conor
as Hitirenga
Pete Smith
as Priest
Mario Gaoa
as Short Ear Tribesman
Cliff Curtis
as Short Ear Tribesman
Willie Davis
as Short Ear Tribesman
Te Whatanui Skipwith
as Old Short Ear
Nathaniel Lees
as Long Ear Chief
Grant McFarland
as Long Ear Chief
Wassie Shortland
as Long Ear Chief
Tania Simon
as Koreto
Rena Owen
as Hitirenga
Rakai Karaitiana
as Pure White
Shane Dawson
as Mud Color
Henry Vaeoso
as Half & Half
Angela Gribben
as Long Ear Girl
Jade Clayton
as Ngaara
Jenni Heka
as Long Ear Girl
Pitake Tuki
as Timid Short Ear
Michael Yost
as Young Long Ear Boy
Ross Clarke-Jones
as Quicksilver Surfer
Sasha Stocker
as Quicksilver Surfer
Jake Spooner
as Quicksilver Surfer
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What is Rapa-Nui really trying to do ? Show us a culture, shows us a landscape ? No. It's just a goofy, dumb, uninteresting would-be docu-drama which just doesn't cut it.

Matthew James
Matthew James
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2/4 Stars "Rapa Nui" is one of those movies that I don't even know what they're about. There were some parts that were interesting, but most of the time that I was watching, I felt bored. "Rapa Nui" is a movie that didn't get me liking this one. It was boring and slow.

Austin Morgan
Austin Morgan

This movie is worth it if it is true that it was filmed entirely on Rapa Nui/Easter Island. It is filmed beautifully. And that?s about it. It is a weird mash up of different actors and strange ?class instruction? like structure of its script, but it just comes off as too shallow for its big history kind of storyline. This seems like it was trying to be historic and epic but probably would have been better being purely character driven without such a hokey ending that downplays the gritty reality. One thing, this definitely has a gritty look that made me feel like there really was nothing on the islands.

Lee B
Lee B

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