Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
In 1982, three 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother's house. By the end, they had completed every scene except one... the explosive airplane scene. 30 years later, they attempt to finally realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75 foot "Flying Wing" plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi... and then blow it up! This is the story behind the making of what is known as "the greatest fan film ever made."
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★★★★½ review by julianfilmmaker on Letterboxd
I nearly cried at the end. This is such a relatable documentary. I look up to Spielberg as they did, I have the ambition they did, and just-wow. I recommend this documentary, especially if you are a fan of Spielberg or a filmmaker.
It’s cheesy and obviously scripted at points, but overall, man, I loved it.
★★★½ review by Justin LaLiberty on Letterboxd
Adult supervision provided by a zombie from Dawn of the Dead.
My childhood was so boring.
★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
I think I would've remade The Warriors with my friends. Maybe Enter the Dragon.
★★★★ review by Anika on Letterboxd
"this is going to be dangerous"
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★★★★ review by Nick Versaci on Letterboxd
Beautifully captures the energy and fearlessness of childhood dreams, and the poignancy of retracing those steps later on. Like Sing Street, this movie reminded me of the power art holds when it's made with youthful passion.
(Bonuses: Eli Roth's surprising role in the backstory, John Rhys-Davies's commentary, and the legitimately amazing side-by-side shots during the credits.)
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