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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989)

A shot-for-shot remake of Indiana Jones and the 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 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), started by three 12-year-olds and completed over a period of six years.

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Originally, the boys had planned for a kitten to substitute for the traitorous spider monkey. One day, Chris suggested, what if instead, they used Chris' dog Snickers in the role? Eric thought about it, and agreed. Snickers proved to be oddly accommodating about being perched on Chris' shoulder, and it worked: what more classic image than a boy and his dog? See more »

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Incredibly good.
10 February 2008 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I just got back from the Indie SF Film Festival where this film was showing, and all I can say is that a few minutes into the film (home Betamax video camera (not Betacam)) I was in tears laughing.

True to Zala's comment during the Q&A at the end of the feature, there is no better audience to watch this with than a theatre filled with San Francisco Bay Area indy film makers and enthusiasts.

There were cheers. There was applause at key moments in the film. There were the obligatory "Oooooooohs" for the kissing scenes. Home made stunts: SFX: chase scenes: you name it, this film had it.

In case you don't know, this is a video production done by a bunch of middle-school cum high-school students who wanted to do their version of Spielberg's and Lucas' "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Nearly every shot is duplicated with a home video camera, showing the raw energy, "spunk", and otherwise enthusiasm of young aspiring film makers.

Seeing this production reminded me of all the video "films" my friends and I shot during the early 80s. Though not comparable in length, they were certainly comparable in zest for the medium. I, and the rest of the audience tonight at the Victoria theatre (off 16th and Mission) were kindred with Zala and company. Everything from the "adult supervision" who was more immature than the actual cast and crew, to the truck dug out of the swamp, to the good natured destruction of personal lives for a greater glory! It goes without saying that there's a huge cheese factor in this film, but its amateur quality striving for professionalism is its absolute charm, and does not fail from opening sequence to end credits.

But, with all highs, there are some lows, and regrettably the tragic loss of Snickers was keenly felt amidst tonight's group. Salute to a K-9 actor from all of us who've used their pets in various productions.

To conclude; if you're even a small Indiana Jones fan in the slightest, then you must, nay, need to see this production in all of its 20th dupe VHS glory. A must see for all film students, teachers, and professionals alike.

Enjoy! :-)

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Release Date:

12 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation See more »

Filming Locations:

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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