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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 ... Self
Eric Zala ... Self
Jayson Lamb Jayson Lamb ... Self
Angela Rodriguez Angela Rodriguez ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Cline ... Self (as Ernie Cline)
Casey Dillard ... Self
James Donald James Donald ... Arab
Rob Fuller ... German Mechanic
Francisco Gonzalez Francisco Gonzalez ... Self
Chris Gore ... Self
John E. Hudgens John E. Hudgens ... Self (as John Hudgens)
Guy Klender Guy Klender ... Self (as Guy James Klender)
Harry Jay Knowles ... Self (as Harry Knowles)
Scott Lionberger Scott Lionberger ... Self
Michael Mobley ... Self


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 »


Features Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989) See more »

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Well done documentary
7 August 2016 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

Inspiring, often times funny documentary about a trio of eleven years- olds who set out to do Raiders Of The Lost Ark- they didn't remake it, they *made* Raiders Of The Lost Ark- in its entirety, in the homes and cellars, with next to no money, and over the course of several summers in the 1980s. Four documentary film crews then followed them in 2014, as they filmed the sole scene they could not film originally.

This doc includes new interviews with them, along with clips from the film itself, and a few blooper reel scenes and outtakes, and original, hand-drawn storyboards (of which there were 602, as explained in a film festival Q&A session after the screening, and before showing Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation) and people like John Ryhs-Davies, who have publicly commended the film.

Required viewing for fans of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, film buffs, and anyone who ever dreamed and fantasised about making a film.

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