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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 started by three 12-year-olds and completed over a period of six years.

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A tribute to the fire of youth
18 February 2009 | by (Dongshih, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

I was dumbstruck watching this. Yeah, it's obviously not as well-executed as the original, but you have to admire the dedication and energy.

At the end, after the lid on the ark comes down and Indy and Marion hug, I cried. I didn't cry at this point when watching the original. I was just so touched at the love and passion these kids lavished on trying to pay honor to the wonderfulness of the original.

Well! All that gushing aside, anything else? This was certainly a worthwhile enterprise, but I do sincerely hope these kids have gone on to create and wrangle media. It'd be nice to see them get a budget and bring something fully of their own to marvelous fruition.


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