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

2016

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

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Critic Consensus: As fascinating as it is affecting, Raiders! offers an insightful look at fan culture while presenting a poignant portrait of friendship over the passage of time.

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After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene...except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project's culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision-mixed in with some movie magic-to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic.

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Critic Reviews for Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

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The joy of the Raiders! remake (and the doc about its making) is the ingenuity with which the kids face filmmaking challenges, from borrowing snakes from the local pet shop to creating a wall of flame in one of their basements.

Dec 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Unoriginal behavior such as this should be shunned, not encouraged.

Jul 21, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

This is a smartly made movie that might win you over. I was pleasantly surprised, because there's something truly Spielbergian about it.

Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you see only one movie this summer, see the movie about the movie it took seven summers to make.

Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Though indulgently overlong, "Raiders!" manages to unearth the inner geek in all of us.

Jun 16, 2016 | Full Review…

It soon starts to feel like self-promotion.

Jun 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Despite rave reviews, this one disappointed me. Oh yes, it was something to see a bunch of kids do a shot by shot remake of Raiders but I wanted to see more of the footage and I couldn't care less about the efforts to film a last scene.

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