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  Rated NR · 95 minutes · 2016
Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen take on one of the weirder footnotes in cinema history: A shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark created by a bunch of Mississippi school kids over the course of seven years in the 1980s, which eventually became an underground sensation when it was discovered years later. The story is framed in the present day as two of the original, now 40-something filmmakers—Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos—attempt to get the final scene that would complete their magnum opus, and there’s a multi-layered poignancy to these middle-aged guys returning to an adolescent obsession, foolish though it may seem. It’s also somewhat fitting, given the sprawling scope of the fan-film’s production, that this documentary similarly attempts to cover a whole lot of ground, from the childhood dramas impacting the original production to the cult fame that followed. And while that makes it difficult for Raiders! to lock in on any single thematic through-line, there’s still an almost heroic quality to the tale of these two friends, and the circuitous routes their lives took towards trying to realize a long-deferred dream.
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Official Site: www.raidersdoc.com
Director: Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon
Producer: Tim Skousen, Jeremy Coon, Kyle Newman and Jonathan Coon
Cast: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, Harry Knowles, John Rhys-Davies and Eli Roth

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Charleston City Paper The documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is a joyful celebration of youthful movie-making If you're a child of the '80s, we don't have to tell you the plot to 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. You know it. For many, Raiders is a pivotal moment in their pop-culture existence, right up there with Star Wars or Jaws, and it's so ingrained in their lives that when the triumphant triumvirate behind the Indiana Jones series, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford, released 2008's disastrous Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, some even went so far as to say that the film ruined their childhood. Grossly hyperbolic, yes, but indicative of the impact that Raiders of the Lost Ark had on many. by Kevin Young 07/20/2016

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