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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Rodriguez ...
Michael Bales ...
Ted Ross ...
Alan Stenum ...
Sallah / Clipper Passenger / Street Arab / Arab Digger / Nazi Soldier / Pirate
William Coon ...
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 ...
Satipo / Street Arab
Sam Cummings ...
Jason Ross ...
Major Eaton / Giant Sherpa / Bar Patron / Street Arab / Arab Digger / Nazi Soldier
Don Hawkins ...
Jock / Nazi Soldier
John Brooks ...
Drinking Man / Mean Mongolian
Derek Paulson ...
Ratty Nepalese / Smoking Soldier / Bar Patron / Nazi Soldier / Pirate
Jayson Lamb ...
Imam / Student


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

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12 August 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nearly all of the interiors were shot in Eric's mom's house in Ocean Springs, Mississippi - The Cave Scene, the Well of Souls, the Map Room, the Catacombs, the Bantu Wind hold, and the Bar fight (which nearly burned the house down) were all shot in the basement. Sallah's Porch, the Cabin Scene, the Tent Scene, Indy's House, were shot inside the house proper, while Indy's flight from the Hovitos across an open field was shot in Eric's backyard. Eric's parents to this day still show the basement walls frescoed with hieroglyphics to wide-eyed youngsters around town. See more »


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Low rating is bogus
6 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

I too cannot fathom why the rating is so low unless a bunch of people put in bogus ratings. Up until a major showing in Minneapolis in June 2007 (a week and a half ago from this post), I doubt many people have ever even seen this movie in its entirety - making the 51 ratings pretty suspect.

If you know the background then watching this movie is more thrilling than watching the original.

Incidentally, Paramount (the original Raiders studio) has just optioned the life story of the kids who made this movie. I'm eagerly awaiting the "movie of the movie of the movie"!!!

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