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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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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


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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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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Beautifully captures what a 'love for movies' is all about!
2 June 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews


A documentary on the making of the fan film 'RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION'; which is a shot-for-shot remake of the classic 1981 Steven Spielberg movie. It was made by two 11-year-old Mississippi boys, and their friends, over the course of 7-years. They finished the entire remake, except for the final airplane battle sequence. The friends reunited, 30-years later, to finally film that one missing scene (and finish their movie). This film documents that process. It was directed and written by first time filmmakers Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen; and it was based on the book by Alan Eisenstock. Being a past childhood filmmaker, myself, and a huge movie nerd, as well (to this day), I really enjoyed this documentary.

Two 11-year-old childhood friends, Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, setout to remake their favorite movie, 'RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK', in Mississippi in 1981. The film was not available on video yet; so they had to rely on a lot of other resources to pull it off (like a published script, and magazine articles), as well as their friends and memories. They completed filming every scene of the original movie, over the next 7-years, except for the landing pad battle sequence. 30-years later, the friends finally reunited; and raised the money they needed (through a Kickstarter campaign) to finish their childhood dream.

I've never seen the fan film, this movie is about, but I have (of course) seen Spielberg's 1981 masterpiece (multiple times). I love the original film still, and I'm sure I'd probably like the kids' remake too. Spielberg has seen it (and he loves it), so have many others; like filmmaker Eli Roth and film critic Harry Knowles (who both appear in this documentary). Even though I haven't yet seen the beloved fan flick 'cult classic' (this is based on), I could still really appreciate this documentary; because it beautifully captures what a 'love for movies' is all about. I was a childhood filmmaker, and I still try to make movies (today); so I definitely found this film inspiring and relatable (to say the least).

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