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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
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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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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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References Mighty Joe Young (1949) See more »

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16 May 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This documentary tells the rather exciting and at times sad story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, two young friends who decides to try and do a scene-for-scene remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Their journey would eat up seven years of their childhood and the two would eventually be brought back together as they try to film the one scene that they couldn't as children.

There are countless fan films out there and especially in today's age where anyone can film something on their phone and upload it to YouTube within minutes. What's so amazing about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION is the fact that it was done back in the 80s with real effects and the fact that it ended up becoming a huge hit after the bootleg tape fell into the right hands.

This documentary does an excellent job at not only covering the making of the film but also how its making impact the two main people involved. After the fan fare started to pick up, a Kickstarter campaign was started so that the two could go back and finish one piece of the movie that was missing. We get to see the actual shooting of this scene as well as learn about the original shooting as well as all the ups and downs that went into it.

I'm sure most people have pretended that they made a movie or they dreamed of doing so. What's so fascinating about these kids is the fact that they actually went out there and did it. Their stories are certainly something that leads to a highly entertaining story and there's plenty of nice drama throughout this documentary of them trying to complete the picture. If you're a fan of the original Steven Spielberg film then you'll certainly be entertained by this documentary and the stories that come with it.


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