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FULL SYNOPSIS

This is a historical melodrama set against the backdrop of Easter Island's mysterious stone monoliths, directed by Kevin Reynolds and produced by his frequent collaborator, Kevin Costner. Jason Scott Lee stars as Noro, a pre-colonial tribesman living on the remote Pacific island that his people call Rapa Nui. A member of the elite "Long Ears" sect, Noro is to represent his clan in an annual ritual, a dangerous race along rocky cliffs and through shark-infested waters to retrieve the first egg from a sacred bird hatchery that lies offshore. Noro, however, is in love with Ramana (Sandrine Holt), a member of the "Short Ears," a slave class that builds the "Moai," which are giant stone carvings dotting the island. The tribal shaman rules that Noro and Ramana may marry if she spends six months in an isolated cave and he wins the contest. Make (Esai Morales), another Short Ear, is a rival for Ramana and leader of unrest in his exploited caste. Make trains to represent the Short Ears against Noro in the race, but judgment in the contest's result is interrupted by the sudden appearance of an iceberg. Interpreted as an omen, the "white canoe of the gods" leads to a civil war. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 9, 1994

Cast

Jason Scott Lee
as Noro
Esai Morales
as Make
Sandrine Holt
as Ramana
Eru Potaka-Dewes
as Ariki-mau
George Henare
as Tupa
Zac Wallace
as Haoa
Faenza Reuben
Rawiri Paratene
as Priest
Pete Smith
as Priest
Cliff Curtis
as Short Ears
Nathaniel Lees
as Long Ear Chief
Hugh O'Conor
as Hitirenga
Nathaniel Lees
as Long Ear Chief
Rawiri Paratene
as Priest
Cliff Curtis
as Short Ears
Pete Smith
as Priest

Crew

Kevin Reynolds
Director
Kevin Costner
Producer
Jim Wilson
Producer
James Wilson
Producer
Kevin Reynolds
Screenwriter
Stephen F. Windon
Cinematographer
Stewart Copeland
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Boyle
Editor
George Liddle
Production Designer
Ian Allan
Art Director
Guy East
Executive Producer
Barrie M. Osborne
Executive Producer
John Bloomfield
Costume Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
K.C. Hodenfield
First Assistant Director
Elisabeth Leustig
Casting
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