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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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Cast

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tomb Raider See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,735,743, 17 June 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$131,144,183, 23 September 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,703,340, 12 August 2012
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Angelina Jolie received weapons training from an instructor of the S.A.S., the United Kingdom's elite special forces, to prepare herself for the role. See more »

Goofs

When Lara defeats Powell, she kills him by delivering a chop to his throat. Realistically speaking such a move would have crushed Powell's trachea and caused him to gasp for air until he suffocated. His death would have taken several minutes yet, he falls dead instantly as soon as Lara delivers the final blow. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical, video and DVD versions are shorter than the uncut US and international versions, due to BBFC cuts. Cuts were required to what the BBFC called "glamorizing shots" of a flick knife, including the sight and/or sound of the knife opening. These cuts included a close shot of the knife covered in blood in the final fight scene, as well as sight of the knife being twirled by Powell seconds later. Also, the head butt delivered by Lara Croft in the end brawl was completely removed and substituted with a punch. The final deadly throat chop Lara gives Powell was cut for cinema release, but restored for UK video and DVD releases. Although these cuts would have been waived for a 15 certificate the distributors chose to remove the scenes for a lower 12 rating. The Blu-ray release was finally passed uncut, though upgraded to a 15 certificate, in 2009. See more »

Connections

References The Matrix (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Edge Hill
By Andrew Cato (as Andy Cato) and Tom Findlay
Performed by Groove Armada
Courtesy of Jive Electro/Pepper Records
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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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