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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

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Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

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Simon West

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Sara B. Cooper (story), Mike Werb (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Lara Croft
Jon Voight ... Lord Richard Croft
Iain Glen ... Manfred Powell
Noah Taylor ... Bryce
Daniel Craig ... Alex West
Richard Johnson ... Distinguished Gentleman
Chris Barrie ... Hillary (as Christopher Barrie)
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Mr. Pimms
Leslie Phillips ... Wilson
Robert Phillips Robert Phillips ... Julius, Assault Team Leader
Rachel Appleton Rachel Appleton ... Young Lara
Henry Wyndham Henry Wyndham ... Boothby's Auctioneer
David Cheung David Cheung ... Head Laborer (as David Y. Cheung)
David Tse ... Head Laborer (as David K.S. Tse)
Ozzie Yue Ozzie Yue ... Aged Buddhist Monk
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Storyline

The orphaned heiress and intrepid archaeologist, Lara Croft, embarks on a dangerous quest to retrieve the two halves of an ancient artefact which controls time before it falls into the wrong hands. As an extremely rare planetary alignment is about to occur for the first time in 5,000 years, the fearless tomb raider will have to team up with rival adventurers and sworn enemies to collect the pieces, while time is running out. But, in the end, who can harness the archaic talisman's unlimited power? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Biggest Adventure Begins 2001 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The Illuminati is reported to be a real-life secret society with origins dating back to at least the 1700s, though it is a matter of debate whether it still exists. Many books, factual, fiction, or science fiction novels, have been written about this legendary group, the best known being the "Illuminatus!" trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. See more »

Goofs

During the final action scene Lara puts her guns on the ground. In the following sequence, when she is running from the room, she has her guns holstered at her hips yet she had no opportunity to pick them up. See more »

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

Alternate Versions

The R1 DVD includes four deleted scenes:
  • Wilson meets Powell and Pimms in a construction area, where he gives them all his notes about the clock. Then Powell beheads Wilson and asks Pimms to bag the head...
  • After Julius, the assault team leader, has deliverd the clock, Powell says to Pimms that Croft is still in the game and that they might even need to hire her.
  • While talking to Croft in Venice, Powell explains to her what the Illuminati are and what they do. He suggests they could be partners, to which Croft replys "You might try to kill me." Powell answers "I'm not gonna kill you." Crofts response is "No. I said "try"."
  • Still in Venice, Lara visits Alex while he is playing cards with some other guys, who leave right away. Lara tells Alex that he is working for some very bad people, and that the problem about him is that he can't be trusted. She then says "I know what you are", throws a card which spins around his head back into her hand (boomerang-like): it's the Joker. Then she grabs the triangle which he has hidden under the table and leaves.
  • The documentary "Crafting Lara Croft" features a slightly longer version of Powell's Death. After Laras punch, he hits the floor and is then wrapped up in light.
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Soundtracks

Where's Your Head At
By Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton
Performed by Basement Jaxx
Courtesy of XL Recordings/Astralwerks Records
Contains elements of "M.E." and "This Wreckage"
Written and Performed by Gary Numan
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
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At least it had (a) Angelina Jolie, and (b) Arnold Rimmer
14 October 2001 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

The use of space in the bunjee-jumping-inside fight scene is masterful - all three dimensions are used in a clever way. But I only worked this out afterwards. It was the choreographer's work that was masterful; the idiots who filmed and edited it did their darndest to make it choppy, incoherent, and unexciting. As if that weren't enough, someone - it may have been the composer, it may have been the director - thought that the action scenes would be best accompanied by a tuneless, relentless, jackhammer techno beat.

"Tomb Raider" is "Raiders of the Lost Ark" emulated by people who haven't seen it. If they HAD seen it, they'd know that Spielberg edited his action sequences so as to let the audience know what was going on, to give us an idea of where the hero stood and what obstacles he faced; also that John Williams wrote actual MUSIC, complete with themes and chords and rhythms and consecutive bars that often as not differed from one another.

I'm not familiar with the computer game - if I were, I would be doubly grateful to see Angelina Jolie in the leading role. It must get tiring looking at large computer-generated breasts that just SIT there, like cast-iron balloons. Oddly, the audience I was with tittered because Jolie's breasts bounced as she walked downstairs. I don't get the joke. That's what breasts, by and large, DO - those of Hollywood actresses being an unfortunate exception to the general rule. -Anyway, all this aside, Jolie was, as always, terrific, when the film allowed her to be. This wasn't often. Usually I can at least decipher the storyline of a film afterwards, but this one has me baffled. It SEEMS that the film's heroine, in order to Save the World, merely had to sit still and do nothing - and KNOWING this, she Endangered the World, so that she could later save it in a more rope-swinging, kick-boxing, ammo-expending fashion. But surely nobody would spend millions of dollars on a film with this central weakness ... would they?


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Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,735,743, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$131,168,070

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,703,340
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