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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  15 June 2001 (USA)
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Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hillary (as Christopher Barrie)
Robert Phillips ...
Rachel Appleton ...
Henry Wyndham ...
Boothby's Auctioneer
Head Laborer (as David Y. Cheung)
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A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her deceased father telling her about the society's agenda (Her father was also the one who hid the key). Now, she ... Written by Vampirok

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Born into Wealth. Groomed by the Elite. Trained for Combat. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tomb Raider  »

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Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,735,743 (USA) (15 June 2001)


$2,355,719 (Italy) (21 December 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the end of the film when Lara finds a bunch of wolves, she says "A-ha". This was a link to the original games where Lara would uses this phrase whenever she picked up an item. See more »


Lara and her vehicle are parachuted into Cambodia. The parachute canopies are far too small to safely deliver that kind of mass. See more »


[first lines]
[after an extended action sequence with a training robot which then attempts to revive itself and sneak up on her]
Lara Croft: Stop!
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »


References Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) See more »


Galaxy Bounce
By Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons
Performed by The Chemical Brothers
Courtesy of Virgin Records Limited/Astralwerks Records
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User Reviews

Stellar performance by Jolie! Pure escapism at its best.
28 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I don't play video games, had never heard of Tomb Raider. I stumbled across this film on cable and absolutely loved it!

The person writing this usually tends to like movie classics and classical actresses. Rarely do I enjoy action films. This one is an exception.

Angelina Jolie is spectacularly fit, and in top acting form for this physically demanding role. I admit that I like the multi-talented Jolie. I found her to be a very believable Lady Lara Croft. Her acting, stunts (which she did most of herself), and her wonderful diction with a British accent, were a true delight. I watched this movie on cable at least ten times before I did something very, very rare for me: I purchased the DVD. Barring this film, the ONLY pre-recorded movies I own are classics.

The plot may be a bit on the thin side. It is, afterall, designed *after* a video game. Another thing I enjoyed about the film was the fact that while there was a great deal of violence, there was no unnecessary gore or vulgar language - read: buggar vs. what it could be.

I have to highly recommend this film for anyone who enjoys pure escapism at it's best! My 75 year old mother liked the movie, and she has very good taste when film is involved.

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