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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989)

Video  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  12 August 1989 (USA)
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A shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), started by three 12-year-olds and completed over a period of six years.

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When the boys started, they were too young to grow their own stubble, which Chris needed for his character of Indy, who is usually seen with about three-days growth of stubble. To remedy this, Chris smeared Vaseline and ash on his cheeks to simulate fake stubble. By the time they finished several years later, Chris was sporting his own naturally grown stubble. See more »

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Brilliant
10 February 2008 | by (Palo Alto, CA) – See all my reviews

Like Blueghost, I saw it at SF Indiefest and had a great time.

To take stars away from this film based on its technical merits (eighties Betamax, bad sound) would be grinchlike and silly. Sure: when you go into a remake with a $5,000 budget, made by three friends who started in 1982 at age 12 and wrapped the project seven years later, you admire the concept even as you think you just might be in for a couple hours of junk. You would be wrong about the latter. This will stand as one of the most ridiculously awesome successful experiments ever committed to film.

They set one of their parents' basements on fire, and (at least as they tell it) the parents only belatedly caught on and demanded adult supervision, which apparently didn't help much in that the "supervisor" was a total pyro. They did the famous truck chase in all its glory. They obtained snakes. Spider monkeys proved trickier, so Snickers the dog filled in. They scored an honest-to-God submarine. What can I say? Bring on the documentary, and the original on video for all to see.


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