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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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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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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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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Japan | Germany

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alex West (Daniel Craig) was originally named "Alex Mars", but because the name hadn't been cleared by the legal department, it couldn't be used. Director Simon West decided to name the character "Alex West", after his father, since he knew, that if needed, he could get legal clearance for the name. 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 »

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 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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Connections

Referenced in Finding Carter: Pilot (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Inhaler
Written and Performed by Craig Armstrong
Courtesy of Melankolic/Virgin Records
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Better the second time around
29 April 2003 | by tony-cliftonSee all my reviews

When I first watches this movie, I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy it. It could be just that I was in the wrong mood. However, I did find the movie lacking a convincing villain challenging enough to make you root for the heroine. Indiana Jones had a good villain, Jackie Chan movies always pit him against the odds - that's what makes for good action. In Tomb Raider, not only is it clear to everyone that Lara Croft is greater than the villains by a long shot, worse still - she joins forces with them! This creates a confusing scenario where natural sympathies for the main character get thrown out the window.

However when I watched it the second time, this time without any preconceived notions and fully expecting the lack of exciting odds, I really enjoyed it for what it is - a visually appealing film with some thrilling stunts and action scenes. The fact that Angelina did her own stunts adds to the enjoyability of the key action scenes, all of which are artfully conceived and executed.

I realize many people toast this movie, but watch the movie for what it offers - some unique and stylish action. The heroine certainly does some nifty tricks that we've never seen on the big screen before, let alone from a female character.


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