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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989)

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.


Eric Zala


Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Strompolos ... Indy / Warehouse Man
Angela Rodriguez Angela Rodriguez ... Marion
Michael Bales Michael Bales ... Dietrich
Eric Zala ... Belloq / Tall Captain
Ted Ross Ted Ross ... Toht
Alan Stenum Alan Stenum ... Sallah / Clipper Passenger / Street Arab / Arab Digger / Nazi Soldier / Pirate
William Coon William Coon ... Brody
Kurt Zala Kurt Zala ... Gobler / Col. Musgrove / 2nd Nazi / Peruvian Porter / Tent Soldier / Water Merchant / Bar Patron / Street Arab / Bar Patron / Arab Digger / Nazi Soldier / Street People
Clay LaGrone Clay LaGrone ... Satipo / Street Arab
Sam Cummings Sam Cummings ... Barranca
Jason Ross Jason Ross ... Major Eaton / Giant Sherpa / Bar Patron / Street Arab / Arab Digger / Nazi Soldier
Don Hawkins Don Hawkins ... Jock / Nazi Soldier
John Brooks John Brooks ... Drinking Man / Mean Mongolian
Derek Paulson Derek Paulson ... Ratty Nepalese / Smoking Soldier / Bar Patron / Nazi Soldier / Pirate
Jayson Lamb Jayson Lamb ... Imam / Student


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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Release Date:

12 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Absolutely Amazing
2 May 2007 | by jasonx12See all my reviews

Currently the review meter is at 4.something stars. That is just plain wrong. I don't understand how anyone could see this and give it a bad rating. It's obvious more work and ingenuity went into it than most other actual Hollywood movies. The bar and truck scenes are both exciting and were brilliantly shot and edited...by freakin' kids! There's pyro, stunts, kissing, blood, violence, all that great stuff. How they were able to stay on course with such a long enormous project and have it come out so spectacularly well is the stuff of legend. These guys set themselves on fire and jumped out of moving trucks. They deserve to have a major film made about them.

Fascinating and watchable as hell.

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