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 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"
5 minutes later
★★★★ 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.)
★★★½ review by FilmApe on Letterboxd
I certainly loved all the originally shot footage, particularly near the end of the 80s shot stuff, where they were really getting ambitious, but I found the plane sequence shoot to be not overly interesting, and contained a lot of forced conflict (with the explosion at the end feeling a bit suspect regarding its validity). Still, I love the passion and ambition that is showcased, and the way the documentary spun the work on the adaptation as an escape for these kids in the 80s. definitely works well.
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