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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 June 2016 (USA)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Strompolos ... Himself
Eric Zala ... Himself
Jayson Lamb Jayson Lamb ... Himself
Angela Rodriguez Angela Rodriguez ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Cline ... Himself (as Ernie Cline)
Casey Dillard ... Herself
James Donald James Donald ... Arab
Rob Fuller ... German Mechanic
Francisco Gonzalez Francisco Gonzalez ... Himself
Chris Gore ... Himself
John E. Hudgens John E. Hudgens ... Himself (as John Hudgens)
Guy Klender Guy Klender ... Himself (as Guy James Klender)
Harry Jay Knowles ... Himself (as Harry Knowles)
Scott Lionberger Scott Lionberger ... Himself
Michael Mobley ... Himself
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In 1981, two 11-year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. With the help of all their friends, it took them seven years to complete in their basement. Except one scene, the airplane scene. Thirty years later, they set out to finally finish their fan film and full realize their childhood dream. This is the story behind the making of what is known as the greatest fan film ever made.

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What started as a childhood project ends in an adult obsession.

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17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$26,059, 19 June 2016

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$71,916

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,916
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Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and others organized a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund filming of the only scene missing from Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989): Indy's battle on the landing pad with the plane, ending in a bloody mess. Filming completed in 2014. See more »

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Despite being listed as a 2015 film, the final title card of the released version of the film references events that occurred in 2016. See more »

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Features Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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An Insightful and Fascinating Documentary of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
12 December 2016 | by moviemattbSee all my reviews

Around the 2000s, I've always been interest in watching the "Indiana Jones" because I've never watch them or own them on tape during the 90s. Now I am a fan of the series, that includes the fourth one (in my humble opinion); there was another version of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," that I have came across on the internet and started to learn on how another version was made as it wasn't made in Hollywood. Instead, it was made by the three guys from Mississippi as they remade this movie for the course of seven years, and has now become a cult classic. I've never seen the fan film, but I have been desperate in wanting to see it; the fan film is now available on DVD, and hoping to get a copy of it one day; just had to get it on their website: www.raidersguys.com or their Facebook page. Also, I have a copy of the book which it features the same title as the documentary, and I really loved it as it reminds me of a Richard Linklater movie that I loved "Boyhood." I imagine if Linklater makes a movie out these guys that made the fan film. With that said, I was really amazed by to hear their story as the filmmakers had to go in depth with by interviewing the three guys that worked on the fan film Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb. They also interview their family and friends as well as Harry Knowles from Ain't it Cool News, and filmmaker Eli Roth who was well known for "Cabin Fever" and the first two "Hostel" movies. The documentary does not only gives us about their experience on making the fan film, but sharing about what their childhood is like where they share about their parents getting a divorce, and the downfall of their friendship. Of course, they get reunited as they become themselves again as everyone was extremely positive on the fan film they made, and meeting Steven Spielberg for the first time as he also loves their fan film and how it inspire Spielberg too. The documentary also features Zala and Strompolos with the help of Lamb as they are working the airplane scene that they couldn't do, since they were kids during that time. When you watch the end credits of the documentary, you do see the airplane scene where on top is the fan film, and on bottom is the actual movie with Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in it. "Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made" is an insightful and fascinating documentary of the greatest fan film ever made; I've watched this four times on Netflix, and it does get better as I watch it. I still want to see their fan film, if I ever get a copy it and I would love to own this documentary on Blu Ray (which is now available). If you haven't see it, check it out, I strongly recommend this documentary. If you don't have a copy of the documentary, then feel free to watch on Netflix. I am giving this documentary a powerhouse 10 out of 10.


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